So, our economy is tanking. The dollar is losing value. I
say, SO WHAT. Let the dollar drop and let the systems that have been empowered
by it, fall. Letís face it. Political systems are not the problem here. The
people that have come and gone in offices of authority here in America and
abroad have simply fallen victim to the one thing that money has created in
society: GREED. And that greed is fed by the willingness of all the people of
the world every time they open their wallets. Every time you spend a dollar on ANYTHING, you are feeding a monster
that now threatens your way of life, your freedom, your personal choices, your
health, your environment, your very existence.
Think about this very hard for a moment. What would happen if the dollar collapsed?
There would be no money to pay workers. There would be no
money to import or export goods. There would be no money for war, for military,
for schools, for the media. I know what youíre thinking. But there would be no
money for food, for rent, for clothes, for transportation! Society will fall
into chaos! Zombies will eat our brains. Well, I hate to break it to you, but
this is NOT TRUE. Or at least, it doesnít have to be true.
There was a time in the not so far off past in which human
beings lived and survived in small communities that supported themselves, that
were largely removed from the trappings of global commerce and government.
People knew how to grow their own food, how to barter, how to take care of farm
animals, and how to build their own homes. This stuff isnít rocket science. It
doesnít take four or eight years of college to learn how to preserve your food,
to plant a crop, or milk a cow.
The dollar only has
as much value as we give it.
The 1% only have as
much power as we give them.
If we can live and be happy with what we have available to
us at the local level, we donít need those stinkiní dollars, do we? And what
happens if everybody decides that they donít need those dollars? Well, thatís
easy. Then the people that have all those dollars, and who are controlling
society with them, donít have anything of value anymore either. What good is a
billion dollars of electronic or paper money when nobody wants them? Thatís
right. If everyone on the planet simply shut their wallets today and turned
away from commerce, the 1% would fall right where they stand. Oh sure, they
would still have their jets and mansions and power meetings, but without a
single dollar in meaningful circulation, thatís ALL they would have. A jet. A pool
(that will get green when their staff walk away because they canít use their
useless dollars anymore either). A dusty mansion. Fine. They can keep those
You see where Iím going here. We are not victims of the 1%. In fact, WE created them with our
purchasing behavior. And we can just as easily unmake them. And we can do it
without ever raising our fists or taking to the streets, or whining about how
we want them to stop behaving so badly. We
do it by starting over, by turning our backs on that dollar, by turning our
backs on fiat currency of any kind. We do it by trading things of value for
things of value. And, we decide that fiat currency is of no
value to us anymore. Itís that simple.
Is it possible? Of course, itís possible. But it means that
the 99% have to take a look in the mirror. We need to put down our own personal
greed and laziness, learn new skills and live a much more simple life. If we
are not willing to do that much, then why do we expect that the 1% will willingly
put aside their greed and laziness? No, we must be willing to be uncomfortable
enough to abandon our own addiction to consumer goods that we donít really
need. Thatís right. No more malls, no more walk in closets full of designer
clothes, no more electronic espresso makers. And I hate to break it to you, but
thatís where weíre headed anyway (most of the 99% anyway). Hyperinflation and
the devaluation of the dollar is going to make it more and more difficult for
you to acquire those items in the future anyway. The only difference is, if you
continue to pay anything to acquire anything, the 1% still profit and the greed
machine rolls on.
So, donít wait for that to happen. Just start an economic DO
OVER of your own today. Look at what you have around you that you think you can
live without, and then, start living without it. Get accustomed to a nice hand
poured cup of coffee in the morning with honey in it. Start liking fresh
produce without exotic spices. Learn how to grow a few vegetables in pots along
your back deck. If you are a two car family, become a one car family. Throw
away your cell phone. Itís giving you brain cancer anyway. Start like this. And
during the transition, use the dollars you have left to purchase things only
from responsible local merchants. Get everything you need from the 99%. When
you stand in front of a store, ask yourself, ďIs this store supporting the 1%?Ē
If your answer is yes, walk away.
When you go inside a store, and pick up an item you want, ask yourself ďIs this
item made locally, and will my dollar end up in the hands of the 1% if I buy
it?Ē ďIs the production, distribution or use of this item hurting my
environment?Ē If yes, put it down.
Once you get over your initial consumer withdrawals
symptoms, you will feel much better! You will begin to look for more things you
can throw away and replace with locally made things. Stop shopping thoughtlessly, grabbing on
impulse and desire. Start shopping
slowly, consciously, knowing that every item you acquire has a hidden cost to
us all. Know that the fate of the 99%, and the children of the 99%, rests on
your shoulders. Because it does. It absolutely does.
Iím not asking you to give up luxury or convenience
altogether. Just to re-imagine what kinds of ways you find luxury and
convenience. Comfort, happiness and joy can be found in surprising places. Joy
can be found in the faces of our children that will benefit from our sacrifices
today. Trading something you made with your own hands for something somebody
else made with their own hands, can be a kind of empowering joy that you will
find reward in, trust me. In fact, once
you surround yourself with hand-made, locally made, unique things, then the
very thought of having mass produced, uncreative, cheap, planned obsolescence
kind of stuff, will begin to REPULSE
baubles and gadgets will start to stink of greed. Like an ex-smoker, you
will find yourself offended by the very thought of these things being around
you. It is then that you will know that you have broken your addiction to the
1%. Because thatís really what happened to you. You didnít come into this world
jonesing for a new pair of Nikes. You came into this world unsullied by greed
and you learned it when you were very little, when your mother took you to the
store and your little hands reached for that shiny thing just out of reach. You
learned it when your friends in high school pressured you to wear the latest
fashions or drive the coolest car. You,
the consumer, were made. You were carefully crafted by the 1%. They hired
psychologists, they bribed the media, they spent billions of dollars on high
tech, subliminal advertising, they even went as far as to buy up our
politiciansÖ all to train your subconscious mind to believe that you NEED the
products that they sell.
But, we know we donít NEED those things. We tell ourselves
all the time. We fight with ourselves at the store, but somehow, our
subconscious always wins that battle. ďI know I donít NEED it, but I WANT it,
and I DESERVE it!Ē it tells us. Well, itís time to shut that down. Get the 1% OUT OF OUR HEADS. Show our
subconscious whose boss! Remind our subconscious that there is only one luxury
that we REALLY REALLY need today.
And that luxury is
That is really what we are buying with our hard work and
shift in behavior. But, if we dismiss this opportunity, and we lean on laziness
and greed, and continue to feed our personal addiction to consumer goods, then,
well, we set ourselves up to be controlled by those that profit the most from
our laziness and greed.
We, the people, the
consumers, are ultimately to blame for this mess, and we, the consumers,
are ultimately responsible for cleaning it up! If we donít want a global
wasteland for our children, then we need to STOP BUYING products that pollute
the environment. If we donít want the banks monopolizing our political system, then
we need to STOP using the banking system! If we donít want the Rockefellers,
the Rothchilds and the Bilderbergs quietly pulling the strings of every social,
environmental, economic and political system in the world, then we need to take
away the one thing that empowers them to keep doing it!
There are some times when leadership must come from the
bottom up. And this is one of them.
We have all created a whopping mess of this planet and I
want a ďDo OverĒ. And I want you to join
me. I want you to REALLY make an effort to clean up this mess with me. The mess
is too big for any one group, or government even, to solve alone. And, I assert that it is not responsible for
any of us to delegate this job to anyone else but ourselves. So, put your boots
on. Get outside. Take a deep breath and fill your lungs and heart with resolve.
Itís time to work.
I've only read two of your blogs so far (Planet Easter Island and this one). Both are well-stated and thought-provoking, to say the least! Thank you for sharing your thoughts; I plan to read through more...
(oh, and once I save up for it, I *do* plan to purchase a TOPS XcEST Alpha from your site - it appears you have the best/lowest price I've seen).
Thanks for stopping by Francisca! I don't write very often, usually when something just really gets in my craw. :P Glad you enjoyed it! BTW: anyone with "Friday" in their name is OK by me.