So, we have been lied to and manipulated by the media, corporations, and politicians. So what? What can we do about it?
It’s hard to know what, short of insurrection, can make a difference. And why not insurrection? Well, for me, violence of any sort is an anathema. I will admit there are a few occasions when it is the best option, but those occasions are few and far between. As a general rule I would far rather side step violence and go straight to the negotiations that always have to follow violence.
Too many people get hurt in any insurrection for me to like it as an option. Too often the people who do get hurt are innocents, in one way or another.
But we have a problem if we are going to try negotiation in our current situation. The politicians, and others they have allied themselves with, do not believe that they need to listen to us. And, over time, they have proved repeatedly that they are strangers from the truth. They would say anything to get their own way. They cannot be trusted.
So, what can we do? If we are not to embrace violence and we cannot trust the word of the people whose behaviour is violence by another name?
I think there is something we can do. It is not a solution on it’s own, but it will make us stronger. We can disconnect as far as possible from the mainstream. We can ditch the TV; we can choose not to read newspapers; we can change our buying habits, so that we buy the things we need more than the things we want; we can buy locally grown, and made, food; we can reconnect with cooking and growing our own fruit and vegetables; we can start to believe in ourselves and our abilities again; we can develop our skills and crafts, so that we can make and do things for ourselves and those close to us, rather than being dependent on others who may not have our best interests at heart; we can make good and reliable friends. We can change our behaviour so that we 1) like ourselves, 2) like the things we do in our lives, and 3) we can develop our resources and friendships to help us get through the difficult years ahead… Until we can built a sustainable future together.