How to be free

 how to be free

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:

  1. The “thieves and lazies” who have no or very little material wealth
  2. 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 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!

22 replies
  1. Ilija Prentovski
    Ilija Prentovski says:

    Daniel Quinn’s take on the notion of “utopia”… He proves beyond any doubt that actually our current system is utopian (taken from his book “My Ishmael”):

    – What do you call a system that’s built on the presumption that people in this system will be better than people have ever been? Everyone in this system is going to be kind and generous and considerate and selfless and obedient and compassionate and peaceable. What kind of system is that?
    – Utopian?
    – Utopian is right, Julie. Every one of your systems is a Utopian system. Democracy would be heaven—if people would just be better than people have ever been. Of course, Soviet communism was supposed to have been heaven too—if people had just been better than people have ever been. Your justice system would work perfectly if people would just be better than people have ever been. And of course your schools would work perfectly under the same conditions.
    – So? I’m not quite sure what you’re getting at.
    – I’m turning your question back to you, Julie. Do you actually think your Utopian school system will work in the modern world?
    – I see what you mean. The system we have doesn’t work. Except as a device to keep kids off the job market.
    – The tribal system is a system that works with people the way they are, not the way you wish they were. It’s a thoroughly practical system that has worked perfectly for people for hundreds of thousands of years, but you apparently think it a bizarre notion that it would work for you, now.

    [ . . . ]

    You must have a revolution if you’re going to survive, Julie. If you go on the way you’re presently going, it’s hard to imagine your living through another century. But you can’t have a negative revolution. Any revolution that thinks of ‘going back’ to some ‘good old days’ of imagined simplicity when men tipped their hats, women stayed home and cooked, and no one got divorced or questioned authority is founded on dreams. Any revolution that depends on people voluntarily giving up things they want for things they don’t want is mere utopianism and will fail. You must have a positive revolution, a revolution that brings people more of what they really want, not less of what they don’t really want. They don’t really want sixteen-bit electronic games, but if that’s the best they can get, they’ll take it. You won’t get far in your revolution by asking them to give up their sixteen-bit electronic games. If you want them to lose interest in toys, then you must give them something even better than toys.

    • says:

      Thanks for posting, Ilija. “Give them something even better than toys.” Problem is most people are so conditioned to believe that toys is as good as it gets. Let’s show them a new way.

  2. Coral Musgrave
    Coral Musgrave says:

    I stopped watching the main news after 9/11. I slipped up once when London was awarded the Olympics I checked the news the day after and that was 7/7 the day of the London transport bombings. Cannot remember the last time I bought a newspaper. I bought 2 summer tops on sale today, after despairing that all the clothes in Birmingham we copy cat Kate Middleton. I remarked to the sales assistant I was glad to have found this shop with clothes that were different to everywhere else and that I don’t shop in Birmingham much. She asked where I usually shop. My reply? ‘I don’t shop’. I was wearing clothes that were 5 to 10 years old. Most of my clothes are the same age or from a charity shop or vintage clothes from my mom. I like cooking and travel shows on the telly, but not much else. These, in addition to writing are my passions. Not sure about not paying my TV licence, got fined once. I will look it up though. Sign petitions all the time and not knowingly bought Nestle for years. When a Nestle product was in my lunch bag at a conference, I refused to eat it and my colleagues were baffled. I was baffled they did not know why , they do now. I do a job I like for less than I used to earn (a lot less) for a job I hated. I know which I prefer. So It seems that I am taking all the right steps to be free. I believe the 9 to 5 is a lie.

    • says:

      Excellent, Coral!! You’re totally awake and sharing it; I love it. (The TV licence fine you don’t have to pay.) I love the blog post and I agree wholeheartedly. <3

    • says:

      Yep, Paul. They may say we’re dreamers but we’re clearly not the only ones. Let’s make it happen.
      Namaste. _/\_

  3. Di Smith
    Di Smith says:

    I really enjoyed reading your piece of writing. It warms my heart knowing others think like I do. Thank you for sharing & keep sharing. We are all one, maybe one day we will all realise & come together. Goddess blessings to you & all 😉 x

    • Di Smith
      Di Smith says:

      Great writing . It warms my heart knowing others feel like me. Thank you for sharing, blessed be xx

    • says:

      It sure warms my heart, too, Di that we’re not alone. So many want this but don’t know where to begin. We just have to take matters in our own hands and make it happen. 🙂

  4. michael e. v. knight
    michael e. v. knight says:

    Lisa here is one way to opt out:

    Would you like to

    Work LESS and Have MORE

    If you only had to work up to 20 hours a week, as needed, and instead of getting “paid” you receive FREE rent, utilities, food, clothes, cell phone, internet access, local transportation, haircuts/styling and other salon offerings, massages, gym membership, tool rentals, boat rentals, camping gear rentals, play tennis, golf, basketball, volley ball and just about any sport you want to play, classes in anything you want to learn such as exercise, yoga, martial arts, cooking, baking, computer, arts, crafts, language and anything else our members know and can teach as part of their 20 hours a week work for the group. Is this something you are interested in? If YES please watch the video here:

    After you watch and like the video and you are now ready to help us develop this project, please join us here to learn more:


    We Can ALL Work LESS and Have MORE

    • says:

      Thanks, Michael, you’re the second person to mention this to me on the back of this article – I’ll pay attention because I’ve heard good things about the Ubuntu movement. I appreciate your post. 🙂

  5. Glin Kindred
    Glin Kindred says:

    This is good stuff, I’m thankful to live where I do because my community has a host of “free” services — I say “free” because it’s not simply walk in and leave, but requisites are established. Such as 3 hrs a week organizing parts into bins, or sweeping the floor [rudamentary things that no one really LOVES doing]. From clothes to bicycles, showers to showings of old Silver Screen era movies: #Cascadia has it down!}

    • says:

      Sounds like a great, community, Glin! Perhaps energy exchange could help us to bridge the gap between money and no-money. What do you think??

  6. James
    James says:

    Great ideas there 🙂 Two I’d like to add: try and buy from small local businesses, especially avoiding the likes of Asda and Tesco if possible. Also be more loving and compassionate towards all other people, after all if we want a kind compassionate society then we all need to take steps towards it 🙂 <3

    • says:

      Beautiful ideas, James! Thanks for the tips. It’s hard sometimes to buy local when the big supermarkets are the only ones open at silly times but when we have the choice it’s the best thing to do. 🙂 Compassion towards others is a biggie – again, not always easy as people can be sooo frustrating, but it gets easier with practice…

  7. sadhanaom
    sadhanaom says:

    I have been doing all the suggestions for ages. Have not read a newspaper since 1991 when I was in Luxembourg. One Sunday I read the whole Sunday Times took 7 hours. I never watched TV have not for 30 odd years. I would always avoid the main news on Radio 4 but loved listening to the debates discussions and topics. Use to feed my brain and intellect. The main reason that I stopped listening (9 years ago) was because it became an addiction and was eating into my time. I don t buy much partly because I am skint (at the moment). If had money it would be used for the benefit of others. I do sign some petitions but have my eye on all these petitions that have popped up all of a sudden. Any ‘scheme’ that draws loads of people together is interesting to watch.

    • says:

      It’s incredible to see the effects when we all pull together. That’s the reason that governments and mainstream media try to divide us – when we’re divided we’re fighting among ourselves instead of getting together to remove the corruption within the highest echelons.

    • says:

      Thanks for this, Jack! Yup, I’ve had a few people mention Michael Tellinger to me on the back of this post. What we need are some tangible steps to take from where we are now to where we want to be.

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