from TheMindUnleashed Website
"We are not here to save the world.
We are here to save ourselves,
but in doing so,
we save the world."
For anybody awake to the tyranny at hand, the events of the last few months have weighed heavily on our hearts. But the thing people need to remember is this:
If you were born in the USA, and you love the land you were born on (which includes the entire fucking planet, by the way!), you are a Native American. You are a Native Earthling, for shit's sake.
It's all connected. Their fight is our fight. Skin color is irrelevant. Where you were born or where you migrated to is irrelevant.
The only thing relevant is this:
As Derrick Jensen said,
The media (even the alternative media, mind you) is trying to spin this as a land issue, or a Native American issue. But it's not...
All land is free.
We just need to quit focusing on imaginary lines and think cooperation first, competition second. All human beings are free.
We just need to quit being obsequious to state-driven authority and start asking (and answering) the tough questions.
In other words:
The oxygen mask, if you haven't gathered already, is a metaphor for health, awareness, and truth.
can rise to the heights of consciousness and awareness.
The more you belong to the crowd,
the deeper you fall into darkness."
Saving yourself is putting on the oxygen mask of health, awareness, and truth.
But what does that mean?
It means questioning yourself to the nth degree, to the point of self-interrogation, and then questioning some more. It means psychosocial upheaval. It means getting uncomfortable. It means admitting you are wrong.
Why is it so painful?
Because much cognitive dissonance must be navigated.
Everything that you've taken for granted as a fundamental truth must be turned inside out and given proper scrutiny. After such scrutiny, you will likely find that you were wrong about a great many things.
But the only tool you need to weigh yourself against your deep questioning is the following anonymous quote:
The question is:
Because if you honestly
choose the moral side of freedom, life, cooperation, and love, then
you're going to have to admit that statism provides none of
these. It only sells the illusion of these.
It stifles life and human flourishing through calculative debt slavery and by convincing people into believing in an illusory debt. It creates physical divisiveness by drawing imaginary lines in the sand and declaring them "borders."
It creates psychological divisiveness through xenophobic nationalism and conditioned flag worship, setting up an us-versus-them mentality.
When, really, the only us-versus-them mentality that holds any moral weight and intellectual validity is the freedom versus tyranny position.
Statism is tyrannical.
There's simply no way to wiggle out of this fact.
For if the authority of the state is not obeyed, or its many outdated and immoral laws are not followed, the individual is forced, violently if need be, to acquiesce.
Comply or die, is what it comes down to. Either that or your freedom is taken away from you.
So, when it comes down to it, saving yourself is, first and foremost, waking yourself up from the spell that statism has over you.
And then it's breaking that spell.
That means taking responsibility for yourself and your own actions as a social creature on an interdependent planet. No more leaning on the crutch of authority. No more codependence on the state.
Saving yourself is choosing freedom.
"The modern hero, the modern individual
who dares to heed the call and seek
the mansion of that presence with whom
it is our whole destiny to be atoned,
cannot, indeed must not, wait for his community
to cast off its slough of pride, fear, rationalized avarice,
and sanctified misunderstanding.
'Live,' Nietzsche says, 'as though the day were here.'
It is not society that is to guide and save the creative hero,
but precisely the reverse.
And so, every one of us shares
the supreme ordeal - carries the cross of the redeemer -
not in the bright moments of his tribe's great victories,
but in the silences of his personal despair."
What comes next? Freeing others, of course...
But not so fast. Just because you're free from the state, doesn't mean the state isn't still there, rearing its ugly head.
And just because you recognize statism as tyranny and oppression, doesn't mean that others do.
Yes, the ignorance is
that thick. But, I digress…
The problem here is:
You want people to be free, after all.
That means you're going to have to convince them. You're going to have to be creative. You're going to have to use your imagination and come up with novel ways to persuade them into being healthy. Yes, sadly it has come to that.
The only way to bring
health to those who are all-too-well-adjusted to a sick society, is
to sell it.
People are wrestling with their own cognitive dissonance. People are caught up in their own state driven conditioning and brainwashing.
Those cops "serving and protecting" the enforcement of the unhealthy, unsustainable, climate changing (game ender) North Dakota pipeline, are all wrestling with their own cognitive dissonance, conditioning, and brainwashing.
They're simply losing their own inner battle and coming up with the only thing they know:
So, it comes down to this:
We teach. We use our imagination to persuade them away from the unhealthiness of the state and toward the healthiness of freedom. We lead by example, influencing them with our courageous words and our actions. We coax them into freely putting their own oxygen mask on.
For we know that volition is paramount if freedom is to be had.
Force is the way of the
state. Violence is the way of the state. A free human being helping
others to be free must never use force or violence, lest they wish
to be a tyrant. An authentically free human being wishes other human
beings to be just as authentically free.
This means that when our health and freedom are under attack, we are morally justified to defend ourselves.
And so, the most important thing we can do as free people, as individuals who have our oxygen masks securely fastened, is to stand our ground. To protect ourselves.
Which, by extension, means protecting that which immediately sustains us:
The worst thing we can do is back down and play the pacifist.
Like Derrick Jensen said,
The Goliath that is the state will trample all over pacifism.
Indeed, the road to an unhealthy, unsustainable, immoral, and violent world,
At the end of the day, Goliath (the state) is going to be Goliath. But Goliath is only Goliath because people believe in it.
We dismantle Goliath by convincing people not to give into Goliath's unhealthy and unsustainable song and dance.
And if we cannot, we stand our ground and point out their cowardice and violence as unacceptable.