In this stage of social progression, of the 2010’s decade righteous indignation toward tyranny or whatever word you want to call it, it looks like activists could use some structure and discipline: persistence and loads of effort.
Some activists have been painstakingly trudging through the quicksand of the dollar, through the system trying to save enough money to buy land and create community gardens. Some have found themselves assaulted by the state for protesting in the streets this decade: but people still bow down to the dollar and end up prioritizing sustenance over living life they way they want to, raising their children, and creating the world they want to live in.
Activists are going against the odds so immensely, it requires reaching the further levels of exasperation to bounce back and vow to try even harder.
Ideally, people seeking freedom and true independence from the system need their own independent everything. They need schools independent from government, corporate, or corrupt institutional influence, especially colleges. Imagine universities teaching what free thinkers want to learn, and a wide array of choice when it comes to primary school for children: that’s the world people should strive to create.
Ideally, people seeking freedom need their own neighborhood economies of people who grow and sell vegetables, meat, food, and other necessities. They need to use a decentralized currency other than the dollar to exchange goods locally and withdraw their support for the Federal Reserve and the corporations who are “with the sh*t” when it comes to creating this corporate/government/institutional structure of hegemony.
This structure is a real thing. For example Wal-Mart funds politicians, they have lobbyists, they have Hillary Clinton do speeches.
Did you know Hillary Clinton was on the Board of Wal-Mart before Bill Clinton was even president? That’s a sign of these corporations we’re all familiar with being in with the agenda to control people.
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That means if you spend at Wal-Mart, you’re giving money and power to people who lobby for the government to control you with force. You’re paying for your own enslavement, and that beast won’t stop growing until people refuse to support the business.
This is a shallow example compared to how deep it gets. Knowing what people want to “vote for” with their currency is a life-long, constant individual assessment of what business are moral and which ones are not. It’s a regular moral practice people need to develop if they want to influence the world around them.
All of these examples of true, disciplined living life to make a better world are exceptionally difficult to actually put into action. Why?
We’re broke, that’s one major reason why. If you do what you love in life, you’re especially bound to be broke. When you’re broke it’s really difficult to not shop at Wal-Mart or do things that happen to make our situation worse in the world.
So it’s a long, arduous process that takes determination and serious resilience to the feelings of hopelessness: really committing to living a life that doesn’t feed the system and actually appreciates life to it’s fullest extent while also doing the right thing (whatever that may personally be).
But that was just an intro to explain what “building a resilient culture” kind of means. This article is about building our own culture and ways, our own resilient ways of living and being that is personally created by individuals, independent from outside influence and coercion.
We suffer from a disease in our culture: the disease of unwanted influence, coercive influence on the entire population from the media and powers that steer society. If we don’t get a grip and dedicate our lives to living what we believe, this disease of cultural influence will steer us.
However, some nationalists and people who believe in forcing others to live a certain way, often say something similiar about the need to influence culture: for example, people opposed to the free movement of human beings across borders talk about the danger of their culture being influenced or taken over. They’re taking it a little too far trying to influence society.
That’s a different type of thing: people cannot control what their entire community, city or country does, and if they tried to, they’d probably be doing it coercively. Forcing people who peacefully move into an area to leave because they aren’t legally permitted to live there by the government is coercive: that’s influencing the community with force, not trying to offer ideas to anyone who voluntarily wants to adopt them.
So here is one idea to get people thinking about creating a resilient culture of free thinkers: how to deal with censorship and the suppression of info.
Powerful people have been talking a lot about censoring the Internet this year. It’s obvious to people who understand power that they’re using terrorism as an excuse to censor activists and thinkers on the Internet. They are moving toward regulating the Internet, and we all know the info that is most valuable, pertinent to people waking up and understanding things, is the info they will try to take down from the web.
Here are 5 ways to preserve our knowledge, our culture, and whatever else we want.
1. Fill hard drives with informative videos
If the Internet is ever locked down and the most profound, informative videos you’ve ever seen were gone, what would you do? If you saved them on an external hard-drive, you’d have them.
You could burn them on DVD’s. And, you can copy the videos to whoever else wants to see them the old-school way.
2. Create starter packs of info to wake people up
This is one of the most important practices people can develop to empower a culture of free thinkers: create starter packs of videos, articles, books, and info on external hard-drives or flash drives, and give them to people.
Maybe you know someone who you see has the potential to really know how the world works, or you meet someone who is seeking knowledge. That person might have a profound, never to be forgotten awakening with the amount of info a “starter pack of info” could provide.
And if this was “a thing,” and people gave others starter packs of info on hard-drives all the time, that would mean our own resilient culture would be strengthened and solidified: our ways are ingrained into the culture we’re creating, and our brothers and sisters, sons and daughters might adopt the same practice and have one thing they do that doesn’t feed the system.
3. Print articles you read on the web, or books. Store in binders
This is the way to make info even more resilient. If for some reason we no longer had access to technology, how would we store info and teach our people then?
The old school way of course: pages stored in binders, books, ect.
People can try this: buy a printer, or regularly go to a printing place. Print the most informative articles you read every day, and all info you can regularly. Organize the info in binders and keep them. Share the articles with other people and make copies if you wish.
4. Create community libraries of stored info
This is another level of giving info resilience: people need their own independent libraries.
Community libraries and libraries created by free people or people who believe a particular thing would give strength and resilience to people’s ideas: bring your books and binders full of printed out webpages to your own independent library you created.
Make a community library in an old storage unit or something along those lines: add some shelves and have people pool together money to hire a person to tend to the library.
5. Keep vaults of info
This is the highest level of info security: safe vaults full of books, info, hard-drives, ect.
When censorship really kicks in and the Internet is truly cracked down upon, when it becomes a crime to question the state or offend people, free thinkers will probably need to take extreme measures to protect their info.
Locked safes, vaults, and other highly secure places where hard-drives full of informative videos, books, pages of info, ect. can be stored are an eventual necessity.
Of course, I would hope these are used for the most positive of purposes, not content or info that is harmful to anyone. I hope when/if the government says it’s illegal to say 9/11 was a conspiracy for example, that people everywhere have vaults full of the best 9/11 videos ever made regardless.
In conclusion, hopefully a thriving, resilient culture of free thinking will further grow into the future, and if governments try to use force against people for freely thinking and exchanging info, that their assault on people will not be effective at stopping the free flow of information.
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