posted on Jan, 10 2011 @ 04:32 PM
I think you have to regard elements of the world around you as you would a school-yard bully. You cannot remove the element from your environment (at
least not today), and you cannot control it. All you control is your own actions. So, how can you shape your own actions to get the best possible
What do I need to do, to keep this bully from focusing on me, and let me get on with my life.
Now, the thing is, most people don't plan ahead. One of the reasons I think that games like chess or go are important is that they force you to
plan ahead. So, pick your moves with an eye to how "the bullies" of this world will probably respond.
I'll give you an example. If you announced that you were starting a "free housing initiative," you'd draw both positive and negative attention.
Most likely, your local government would decide whether you'd need a permit for a zoning waiver.
If on the other hand, instead of designating the people you help as "guests" or "residents," you could call them your "employees;" you could
give them a nominal job, for which they receive a dollar pay, plus free housing while they are your "employees." Now, the language may seem
alienating; but you get to help people, without paying anything beyond corporate and property tax, and you retain control over which people can live
there---so that if say, criminals tried to move into your housing, they couldn't unless you were willing to call them employees. See, the bully, in
this case your local government, insists that you use certain labels and fit your concepts into their boxes. While it takes effort to do so, it is
also true that the relationships that don't fit into their boxes are not controlled by the state.
The mafia does EXACTLY this to get what they want. They use corporation-terms when it suits them, as a legal defense. But the real control in their
world is via family, and legally, family beyond first cousins has no legal existence. And so the police have incredible difficulty proving how power
flows across several unrelated corporations. And when they try to prove it in court, the mafia just says, "they are attacking us for being Italian"
(and often wins...).
So, the mafia uses lots of shell companies to hide their connections, which is a uniting system of families, which are invisible to the government.
You could do the same thing, using lots of corporate shells to keep the government from controlling what you wanted to do.
I have thought of doing the same thing, but with banking. All of the laws about banks control the ways they can make money. If you had a bank that
didn't particularly care about profit.....some interesting things could be done.
Your disease is other people trying to make you conform. The antidote is your own creativity, and finding ways to make them think they've won.