There's all kind of talk in the air about secession, revolution, rebellion, standing up for one's rights.
Secession has been tried. The people with the biggest guns win.
Revolution always - without fail - replaces the old form of tyranny with a new one. It may, in some instances take a few years for Leviathan to raise
his ugly head, but he will.
Standing up for one's rights? How can one stand up for one's rights when one has literally sold one's rights away for a pittance; when one lives in
debt, owes years of mortgage payments on a house, a car, a credit card, and has literally
sold one's self into slavery? If one owes money to a
bank or a credit card account, that person is a slave.
The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is the slave of the lender. Proverbs 22:7 (ESV)
I talk about the state of things sometime in my own home, express my frustration with the status quo
. My son tells me that I should "do
something about it." Tells me I should run for political office. I think that I am doing something, and I think that I have hit on the one
potentially effective mode of change.
My wife and I live way below the official poverty level. We are not
poor. I didn't say that. I said official
My net worth is probably no more than a few thousand dollars, but it is a positive net worth, not a negative net worth like that of many (most?)
I am self employed, making enough to get by but leaving time for the things I consider important: family, friends, music, gardening, church.
My wife is a substitute teacher. She works from three to five days a week, as opportunity and need dictate.
We do not have any debt. We drive older vehicles that are well maintained and get us where we need to go. We don't spend money on crap we don't
I watch very little (almost no) television. Commercials usually just piss me off. Many of them irritate me so badly that I'll make a point to
buy what they are hawking. I don't need most of what they tell me to buy, anyway. Fact is, very few people need
what they tell us
We eat local. What we can't grow or kill, we try to buy locally when possible. That's not always possible, but we try. Eating out is a comparatively
rare occurrence for us, because we choose not to do it.
One reason that we choose to remain at a low level of income is that I know that the more I earn and the more I spend, the more I feed the
. I don't like to feed the Beast
. I hate the Beast
, why in hell would I nourish it?
This does put limitations on us.
We don't do "vacations." Family reunions every couple of years, a camping trip here and there, but no Disney World, no tourist attractions, no
cruises. Why? If I had money, I wouldn't do that, anyway.
I can't afford much medical attention, even with insurance that has ridiculously high deductibles. I hurt my foot this summer, didn't see a doctor.
I can walk on it, but it still hurts. It probably would be good to see a doctor, but I am living with it. I have come to grips with the fact that if I
come down with cancer, I will die. I do not expect to live forever. We'll all die one day.
Now, what I am about to say may sound arrogant. I don't mean it like that, really. I don't consider myself a genius or a messiah or anything of the
sort. I have just hit on a lifestyle and philosophy that works for me. But it sets me to thinking...
I don't have any hard figures. I don't know where to find them, if they exist. But, what if half of the people in the United States took an attitude
like ours? What if 50% of Americans just disengaged from the system as much as was physically possible for them. What if we just:
- quite selling ourselves into slavery?
- quit buying crap that don't need?
- quite believing the lie that we have to be like the family down the street that thinks it has to be like us?
- started spending what money we had locally as much as was possible?
- started providing for as much of our needs as we could by our own hands?
- stopped expecting the doctors and the politicians to make it all better?
- slowed down and began to enjoy the really important things in life?
I think that we could stop talking about, whining about, philosophizing about, hoping for the "revolution." We'd become the revolution. I think
that the system simply could not sustain itself if that many people dropped out of it. If enough of us just quit feeding the Beast
But it seems we'd rather talk about how bad it is while we keep feeding the Beast
, because we are sucking off of its big, greasy teat and we
just don't care to be weaned. It's too easy to embrace the Beast
, feed off of the Beast
, in turn serving and feeding the Beast
even though we say we hate it.
If the Beast
died, we'd lose many of our favorite television shows. We might not be able to get that randomly appearing McRib that we all love
so much. We'd miss our football games and our American Idol
and our Dances with the Stars
Naw, the cost of starving the Beast
would just be too high. So, I guess we'll keep feeding it.
But there's a thought. There's a challenge. What if, one by one, we just started to drop out until we reached critical mass and all the smoke and
mirrors just collapsed.
Yeah. Pipe dream. I know. But a man has to have a dream.