I've been saying this
over and over again in different ways for a long time now, and yet I
still get criticisms saying that I have useful insights but I don't
provide any plan of action.
I really don't know how to say it any clearer than that. And I will go so far as to say that that it is the only plan of action which will pull us out of our destructive patterns and into a healthy state of collaboration with each other and with our ecosystem.
Unless we radically change the way we function above the neck, we will keep killing, consuming and destroying like a bunch of mindless automatons until everything is dead.
I really don't see any
other way out of this.
When people read about the problem of capitalist ecocide and oligarchic strangulation, they don't want to hear a bunch of stuff about mass ego death and spiritual enlightenment; they want to hear about nationwide demonstrations or organizing the working class or forming a new political party or cryptocurrencies or ending the Federal Reserve, or something along those lines depending on where they believe the problem is localized.
In general, they want a
fairy tale about people coming together to effect drastic,
sweeping changes and turn the status quo on its head, which they
will do because something something reasons, cough cough.
There are many who espouse dissident opinions more as a sort of ideological fashion statement than because they actually want to change the world, but presumably a lot of the people promoting Marxism, libertarianism, anarchism etc. are doing so because they genuinely would like to see a world in which the status quo is overturned and replaced with something more wholesome...
It doesn't seem like many proponents of revolution and change have really thought about this very much.
They have a good idea, and they can envision a world in which that idea is implemented, but getting from the idea to its manifestation seems like it's often a jumbled mess in a lot of dissidents' minds, not unlike the "Phase 1: Collect underpants / Phase 2: ??? / Phase 3: Profit" model of the Underpants Gnomes from South Park.
Most dissident voices I see are primarily interested in Phase 1, and to a much lesser extent in Phase 3.
Phase 2 is what I'm interested in, and in my opinion it necessarily involves a drastic shift in human consciousness. People are not going to deviate from their patterns and suddenly begin shrugging off ruling power structures for no reason.
Revolutions historically happen for one of two reasons:
Historically neither of
these things ever lead to the creation of a stable, beneficent
government that takes good care of its citizens or the world, so
neither will be sufficient for creating a world in which humanity
takes good care of itself and its environment, and even if that were
not the case it's unlikely that either will ever be allowed to occur
by an establishment so powerful and skillful at manipulation as
the US-centralized empire.
...it will necessarily come from a place that is historically unprecedented.
It will involve
people rising up against existing
power structures not because things got so bad they had no choice,
nor because they were manipulated into it by other rival power
structures, but because people realized collectively that it is in
their best interests to do so.
Right now, most people are very easily manipulated into advancing establishment interests by plutocrat-controlled media, and until that changes there will never be an effective and beneficial revolution.
For that to change, humanity is going to have to shed its ubiquitous habit of creating mental egoic patterns which make us susceptible to manipulation via fear, greed, and herd mentality...
But they're not going to change unless we find a way to wake-up from the deeply conditioned egoic patterns which are the norm in the world we were born into.
We'll keep repeating and
repeating the same old patterns in whatever way we've been
conditioned to until we either go the way of the dinosaur or find a
way to transcend our conditioning.
I firmly believe that we are capable of such a collective awakening, and there are experts in the field of inner transformation who claim to have observed signs that such an awakening may be underway.
Teachers like Eckhart Tolle, Adyashanti and Jac O'Keefe all say something is very different in their field of work, and individuals are now having an easier time awakening from egoic consciousness than they used to.
Spontaneous shifts are becoming commonplace to the point where teachers like Tony Parsons now center their entire body of teaching around the possibility of snapping out of one's old perceptual frame of reference without engaging in any spiritual practices at all.
There aren't many people
who'd be in a position to say if human consciousness has been making
a marked shift over the last few years, but Tolle, who interfaces
with that information constantly as an essential part of his work as
a spiritual teacher, is certainly one of them.
We may pass this test yet.
But even if I'm wrong about that,
From my point of view, the front lines of the revolution are in our own consciousness here and now, not as some intriguing marginal facet of the battle for humanity, but as its source, its heart, and its apex.