On a scale of 1 to 10, just how bad is the social system you depend on? If you are reading this blog, then you probably agree that it’s at an 11.
And on a scale of 1 to 10, how much are you doing to extricate yourself from it? My guess is, nowhere near the same degree.
So what’s it going to take before we start taking our situation as seriously as it needs to be taken, and start making the appropriate steps? I am starting to wonder if anyone has what it takes.
OK, then, if you aren’t (yet) trying to extricate yourselves from a soul-sapping, life-negating socio-political system of oppression and exploitation—are you at least dreaming of ways of doing so? How can we withdraw both our consent and our compliance (= complicity) with evil, and explore alternate options for establishing a solid and lasting foundation of stability, solvency, and comfort within our lives?
In my own life, I have traveled an unusually broad spectrum, from the effortless luxury of my trust-fund teenage years and early twenties, to voluntary poverty, homelessness, and vagrancy in my mid-twenties (including sojourns in a Monastery and fruit-picking), to hand-to-mouth working stiff existence in my late-twenties, to becoming a self-made man with a constant source of income in my forties and fifties (first via online guidance and then by running a small town thrift store). Now, finally, I am taking the slow, precarious steps (as the world closes down around us) to something like self-sufficiency as a (soon-to-be) land-owner ready (or at least willing) to relearn the basic human skills of working with the land and animal-keeping.
Recently, through online interactions with a number of honest, open, and vulnerable men and women, I have seen people caught in jobs and life situations that are stifling their spirit, crippling their bodies, and depleting their most precious commodity: time. I have started to wonder, just how many noble souls are squandering their life force on apparently necessary pursuits that are slowly but surely depleting all sense of meaning, purpose, and goodness in their lives, and further dissociating them from truth and reality?
Unplugging from the soul-draining, mind-crushing, body-rejecting human farming system of society in 2021 is about as difficult as getting an Amazon staff member to help you access your account once you’ve been shut out—cubed. Everything is set against us because the system gives less of a damn about us than MacDonald’s does about cows. It is only interested in our blood.
Having our nervous systems wired up to a Smart superstructure, having our life force used as a human battery and our neurology coopted as an organic computer circuit board—is this really the life you dreamed for yourself and your children? So why are we so meekly acquiescent? Is it because we think the only alternative is eating snot on the Nebuchadnezzar, or rooting for bugs on our hands and knees like the fallen king it was named after?
If so, relax: I am not proposing dropping out of the system entirely, building a shelter out of fallen trees (not yet anyway). Rather, a middle way between mountain man and corporate battery/host to AI. In my experience, the first and most essential step is to rediscover our trust in life and in existence, to reconnect to Nature, as the original support system that predates society and culture by billions of years—really, for eternity.
The birds and the bees know how to do it (have naturally, genetically ordained functions complementary with their environment and conducive to their own well-being and abundance); so why not we? The answer is that we do, if we can only rediscover it. It has existed for probably thousands of years, and it could exist again for us if we are only willing to take the necessary steps and make the required (apparent) sacrifices to facilitate an awakening of our ancestral, instinctive sense of purpose, function, goodness, and meaning.
In my own current process of social extrication and natural reconnection, which I am still in the thick of, a number of possibilities are becoming visible and tangible to me, and they are available to anyone who dares to make a clean break from a life of indentured corporate slavery, and explore more creative, improvised, and natural forms of living. This does not entail a full-on, all-out return to Nature, but is somewhere between the two ends of the spectrum, such as buying a super-cheap house in a depopulated area and doing your own renovations, then setting up a local used goods store, all of which could be done in one or two years, for around $50,000.
I mention this as an example only, to emphasize that the purpose of an online meeting around this subject is not only to thought-experiment our way out of our matricular pods, but to explore practical, real-world possibilities, and come up with actual, easily testable solutions, for those who may have started to believe that there really is no solution.
If you are interested in participating in this online exploration via a new Affinity Group space, comment below or contact me.