I’d like you to imagine…
…that there is no such thing as money and no method of exhange; no bartering system; no keeping count of who’s had what. Imagine everything belongs to everyone. There is no mine or yours or his or hers or theirs – like it is in a close family – the cutlery belongs to all of us and we use it, take care of it, clean it and put it back like it’s our own. Like that, only on a global scale, with literally everything.
And now imagine everything is free of charge. You walk into a cafe and your lunch is free. You go to the shops and everything is free. You get on the bus or train for free. You need a car and there’s one in the street and it’s open with the keys in it and you just take it and use it. The car breaks down and the garage mends it for free. You get a haircut and it’s free. You get the picture.
And now imagine that everyone just does what they feel like doing. Nobody has a job that they hate. Some cook, some clean, some organise international shipping containers, some drive buses and ambulances, some design buildings and others build them. Some paint and sculp, some are actors or rock stars, some mynx your nails and do your hair, some take care of you when you’re sick, some dig and plant, some manufacture, some take care of the paperwork or the computers, or the fork-lift trucks, some take care of your children or your grandparents, and some supervise to make sure things are done efficiently. Everybody does everything with love the way you’d do it for your own child, partner, parents, grandparents or best friend.
But some people will take advantage of the whole thing and spoil it for everyone else by stealing or by being lazy and not contributing!
Will they? When everything is already yours there’s actually no such thing as stealing, is there? You’re just using it and putting it back when you’ve finished, like you would with the family car. And if you only get to do the things that you actually enjoy, what the heck is lazy anyway? Not working? What is work? It’s simply an activity that in some way contributes. In our society most people “work” waaaaay, way more hours than they need to in order to pay for things that they don’t need such as a washing machine or a lawnmower or a car or a TV – if there were a local “pool” of washing machines, lawnmowers and cars for everyone to use when they needed, we wouldn’t need loads of them to be sitting around not being used half the time. If there were free laundry services, free lawn-mowing services, free taxi rides… If there was free cinema and free restaurants and free travel would you sit at home staring at the box or would you go out and socialise more? What if all the women in your street had a combined wardrobe of dresses, shoes and handbags??
I’m meeting a lot of people who think this way – and in fact, live in communities where this concept or a version of it is in operation.
If you think to yourself that “it all sounds rather Utopian”, I believe what you’re saying is that you think it sounds wonderful in theory but it won’t work because *others* will ruin it. Not yourself, but *others*.
So, let’s have a look at these *others*; who are they and what are their motives? The thieves, and the lazy ones, and the greedy ones; the ones who are taking way more than they are putting in; the ones who are sitting on their arses while others contribute their time and efforts. In our current society, there are two brackets of these type of people:
- The “thieves and lazies” who have no or very little material wealth
- The “thieves and lazies” who have an enormous amount of material wealth.
The offenders in the first bracket are the ones who don’t feel like a valued part of our current system, and they don’t feel they have anything useful to contribute to society. They believe the only way for them to get material wealth is to steal it or claim it without contributing. In spite of what the mainstream news will have you believe, these people are actually in the tiny minority and are barely a drain on our resources at all. (Yes, really. Look it up!)
The offenders in the second bracket are in a privileged position as they control our global resources and they keep society running on its treadmill and drain the material wealth for themselves. These are the people who cause the real problems and are the ones who profit from war. They divide us up into nations, races, religions, etc., and teach us the “us and them” mindset, and this keeps us in a state of fear of each other meaning that we won’t work together in order to create a “real Utopia”, and so that we’ll keep looking to them to be our leaders and to save us from the “enemy”.
The offenders in the second bracket tell us that those in the first bracket are our enemy when in fact it’s those in the second bracket who actually ARE the enemy.
Do you get that? Go back and read it again, it’s quite straight forward. Then come back to here when you’ve got it.
Good, well done for keeping up. If you understand this, you’ll probably be wondering what on Earth little old you could possibly do to change things! After all, the big banks who control the big corporations who control the governments who control our mainstream media (TV & newspapers) who control what we’re told and tell us what to think are way bigger than us. Well, actually, when you add us up, they’re not. It’s just we’re led to believe that they’re the authority. But darling, you’re the authority in your own life.
So, to start you off, here’s a few little things you can do that’ll make a huge positive difference:
- Stop watching the mainstream news and stop buying mainstream newspapers. I know you’ve been watching the BBC news since you were in school and you like to read the papers over breakfast and can’t imagine life without it, but it’s actually lying to you. Stop watching/reading it for a while and you’ll start to notice, I promise.
- Stop buying shit you don’t need just because it’s in fashion. It doesn’t mean you can’t have anything, but think carefully about all the crap you already own and whether you really need a new one, and consider how those poor bastards in developing countries are exploited for your greed. Yes, your greed.
- Stop paying for a TV license. Yes, really. You’ve been lied to your entire life to believe you have to own a TV license. You don’t. Look it up. And then turn the sodding thing off because it’s making you stupid.
- Sign petitions you find online about issues that go against your own morals and ethics. Anything you find to do with Monsanto or Nestle is an excellent start. Join SumOfUs.org and sign and share their petitions.
There’s a squillion ways you can opt out of this broken system without actually having to go live in a tree house and eat berries and leaves, believe me. You don’t have to be ready to “go the whole way”; any action you take will remove some of the power from those guys in the second bracket who are keeping you or others in a state of fear or poverty or making you work 40-odd hours a week while they sun themselves on their private Caribbean islands.
I’d love to hear your ideas to opt out – please post them below!