The above image was made with stable diffusion using the prompt 'painting of thinking.'
'Be the change you want to see in the world' has long been axiomatic. The quote is often incorrectly attributed to Gandhi. Its message is hard to argue with, yet it's unclear how this message applies to systemic problems. And for the millions of people suffering because of these problems, telling them to be the change they want to see seems a little off base.
Many of society's problems are clearly intractable. They're products of patterns of thinking and behavior that have been programmed into us since we were children. This programming runs deep and it's mostly unconscious. It underpins all of the the cultural and institutional momentum propelling us towards a future that very few people actually want.
Further complicating matters, multi-generational cycles of trauma and tribal enmity lock countless people into perpetual conflicts with themselves and each other. Identity politics. Hate crimes. War. These things and many others arise from bad habits that cannot be easily broken.
On an individual level, of course, anyone with the right resources can change course and replace their bad habits with good ones. Unfortunately, the personal, social, and financial resources necessary to support such positive change are inaccessible by design in our society. Many people don't even have the space in their lives to try something new. They're too busy losing at capitalism to do more than tread water.
The control regime tells us to make a difference by voting, giving to charity, and making more informed consumer product choices. And obviously there's value in these things. But they all externalize the work of making the world a better place. Voting gives power away to politicians and their parties. Charitable donations give the power to nonprofits. Consumer choices surrender power to the corporate world.
From my perspective, the control regime's theft of our individual power in recent decades is the most pressing problem we face. Until this one is solved, we simply won't be able to muster sufficient power to solve any of society's other major problems. How to actually claw back what's been taken from us is an open question. I personally favor clawing back our power aggressively.
In an interpersonal sense, being the change we want to see in the world is a winning strategy. As individuals and on a tribal level, kindness begets kindness while violence begets violence. Yet on the level of institutions, markets, or networks, the equations governing an entity's actions are structured differently, according to the rules of the system in which the entity operates. Being kind to a government entity rarely produces reciprocal kindness. Being kind to the stock market doesn't even make sense.
The change I most want to see is the empowerment of individuals to remake the world together, ideally into a place that's both more free and more fair. Although the control regime opposes this manner of change, many people favor it. What would it take to start organizing this group?
Read my novels:
- Small Gods of Time Travel is available as a web book on IPFS and as a 41 piece Tezos NFT collection on Objkt.
- The Paradise Anomaly is available in print via Blurb and for Kindle on Amazon.
- Psychic Avalanche is available in print via Blurb and for Kindle on Amazon.
- One Man Embassy is available in print via Blurb and for Kindle on Amazon.
- Flying Saucer Shenanigans is available in print via Blurb and for Kindle on Amazon.
- Rainbow Lullaby is available in print via Blurb and for Kindle on Amazon.
- The Ostermann Method is available in print via Blurb and for Kindle on Amazon.
- Blue Dragon Mississippi is available in print via Blurb and for Kindle on Amazon.
See my NFTs:
- Small Gods of Time Travel is a 41 piece Tezos NFT collection on Objkt that goes with my book by the same name.
- History and the Machine is a 20 piece Tezos NFT collection on Objkt based on my series of oil paintings of interesting people from history.
- Artifacts of Mind Control is a 15 piece Tezos NFT collection on Objkt based on declassified CIA documents from the MKULTRA program.