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Spiritual Insurrection

The ultimate culture jam.
Spiritual Insurrection: The ultimate culture jam
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We awoke one morning to the dark realization that humanity is being dragged into a black hole of ecological, financial and spiritual catastrophe … that our democracy has been seized by a corporatocracy … that every day two hundred species of plant, insect, bird and mammal become forever extinct … that a deluge of advertising is sleepwalking our civilization to the brink of insanity … and that unless we fight back in the most visceral and creative way possible all will be lost.

And yet, what sets our struggle apart in 2012 is that we are not fighting to save a distant future. We are not trying to prevent some terrible event that is still to come. This is not about our unborn grandchildren. Instead, many of us sense that the threshold has already been crossed; the tipping point has already happened and what we are fighting for is our present. We are living in that tragic moment of eerie stillness where the fatal damage has been done, widening cracks can be seen, yet the edifice still stands and business as usual continues … but for how much longer?

Our days may be shadowed by this dark realization, but there is reason to be deeply optimistic for “where danger is, grows the saving power also.” Never before has the tantalizing possibility of a Global Spring, a worldwide people’s insurgency for democracy, seemed as close. For perhaps the first time in human history, we just might be on the edge of an everywhere-at-once revolution against the financial fraudsters, corporate lackeys and the ideology of consumerism that has brought the Earth to the precipice of collapse.

In this, the era of the total and transcendent indignato swarm, we look to each other, not to the masters above, to find out what it will take to pull off the ultimate culture jam: spiritual insurrection.

for the wild,
Culture Jammers HQ

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Anonymous

OCCUPY LA!
http://youtu.be/RlsYyNlmY9w

~Foreclosure Demonstration~
@ The State Attorney's Office
@ The corner of 4th & Spring @ Downtown Los Angeles!
Friday! February 3rd, 2012! 10:00am

"I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around [the banks] will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered. The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs."
- Thomas Jefferson [Americas Founding Father]

Anonymous

What is wrong with us?
Why are we so subservient to moneylenders?
The OOCUPY movement is still confused.
They should focus on outlawing usury, and shame the Church that is not doing its job.

Anonymous

WeLL everything is OKay w/money Lenders!...........

You buy a $30k car you can't afford! For the next 10 years you'll be paying $40k! That's $10k in INTEREST!

HOWEVER, you buy home you can't afford then applied for a Home Mortgage! Beware of what you barrow! More Money has been paid in Interest than the Price of the Home!

So Fuck Emm Bankster!

Anonymous

The facts are... No one wants to hear unpatriotic statements. No one wants to hear the whiners, complainers, and downers.

The thing is, if we want to fix this we have to be responsible adults about it.

First of all, we have to understand the the economic bubble we created in the housing market was like drinking too much.
You got drunk, puked it all up and then some, and are now really unhappy and complaining about your sick stomach.
However, we need to consider. The bartender is supposed to cut people off when they are getting drunk to protect bad things from happening, that didn't happen.
People consumed the drinks and the bartender was more than happy to continue giving the drinks because after all in the short run, they are making money. Thinking about what they'll do with that money in the future. In other words, they are thinking about themselves not performing the responsibility involved in their job. So what they say if my client is too stupid to figure out that he shouldn't drink. They simply aren't thinking about it that down the road, that drunk person leaves the bar, gets into their car, and manages to take out a whole family in one swipe.

And of course while your getting drunk, all of your friends around you say "Well one more drink won't kill you. Everyone does it." And you think, "Well if everyone does it. What's the harm."
And of course you say "I can handle it." After your already somewhat drunk because it impairs your judgment and it tastes good. A little more won't hurt you.
However, in the morning, when your puking into toilet and asking yourself why you were so stupid, and thinking about how bad it tastes in the aftermath...
you may start wondering why your friends were egging you on if they knew this would be the result, and wondering why the bartender didn't cut you off. They're more than happy to laugh at you the next morning "Well that's what you get for drinkin' too much." And that's if your lucky.
You could be even more unlucky than that, leave the bar, and you total your car, hurt your friend in the car, and in the process you take out another family.

This is why the bartenders laugh at people who lost because they drank too much. They aren't affected. They in fact just got rewarded after being part of this situation and they continue to get the rewards of people being addicted to the alcohol because the alcoholics won't stop drinking.

The thing is, we need the bartenders to lose their license for knowingly overserving for their own benefit and we need people to understand in better detail what their limits are and take responsibility for going over their limits if or when they do.
However, at the same time, we need to also create an atmosphere in our culture where we say to our friends "Hay, I think you've had enough. That's not cool dude."

So really everyone in the situation is involved and responsible for what happened. The bartender who didn't cut them off when they knew they should have. The friends who egged them to take on more alcohol than they really should have or didn't cut them off when they should have. And the person drinking who didn't stop, and then ended up with a sick tummy or taking out a family.

Let's raise each other up, and start caring for each other, and stop acting like we don't have anything to do with this mess and how our families, communities, and the country looks and acts.
And that only certain people have any obligation to help with this mess. And that fingerpointing and trying to analyze just who is to blame the most is going to get us a long way.
We all have an obligation. It's our culture, its our world, its our country, its our economy.
Remember a famous quote of Kennedy?
Let's start by being responsible for our actions folks.
America may have fell in the mud and gotten it on it's face but that doesn't mean we can't wipe it off.
It's game time. Game on.
Let's not just renovate the White House. Let's rejuvenate it.
The world is counting on us to stay a great team. Let's start acting like one.

AnonymousWater

I was with you till you said we need the bartenders to lose their liscence. Or maybe it was the worry of sounding unpatriotic?

Oh the ire the idealistic socialists must feel...it's ok. You still have indoor plumbing and electricity, right? Clean water? Please don't try to say it's got flouride and shit in it. Or do you live in a country where you have to walk several miles, maybe even more than several, twice a day to get any water at all for drinking and cooking?

See, alcohol isn't really necessary for survival. Water is. And you've got it. Maybe you could travel to another country where kids can't go to school because they have to be the water bearers for their family, and you could help them get a closer source.

But gawd...that's just so much HARDER isn't it?

Drink on, but make sure you damn the wheat farmer and the liquor makers and the distributors and...well, I'm sure you get the point.

Your *real* suffering probably lies in your perceptions.

Anonymous

National Day Of Action! - PRESS RELEASE 
http://freedividual.com/2012/02/02/press-release-national-day-of-action-on-iran/  - PLEASE REPOST! 

matthias.steingass

„Spiritual Insurrection"…

sounds good, but how does it work? Spirituality is part of the problem. Ok, it depends on what you mean. Mainstream spirituality doesn‘t work for sure. There is a National Health Statistics Report (No 12, Dec 08) that says 10% off all Americans meditate. Really? I guess they mostly do for recreation, to be readied for being squeezed again. Is there another spirituality? Perhaps to search the vast interior of ones mind for the philosophers stone? Going deep, deep, deep into meditation to search for the absolute truth? For sure not. There might be stillness and even we might be able to shut down the TV, the internet, Facebook…. for a minute or two. But is that the place to find new knowledge? Down their in the snugly warm dungeon of real spirituality… Perhaps we are already at the point that we lost all. Perhaps the years since the crumbling down of the Soviet bloc have done it all. Perhaps the terminator to the dark side, to where it is not possible to recover without significant loss, has been crossed a long time ago. With Peak Oil at hand, no alternative working, energy demand rising 50% until 2050 and fossil energy supply being constant at best for the time being, most out of seven billion people will have no future while a widening prosperity gap seems to be inscripted like an eternal law into the rulebook of mankind. So what? Spirituality? The terrible event has arrived already. And marketing is making us smile about it – most of us – with the help of spirituality. With the help of a certain spirituality. Maybe there is really something like a ,spirituality‘ to „pull off the ultimate culture jam“, but it is in potentia... if at all. Maybe we should stop making nice jokes with Guy-Fawkes-masks and instead blacken our faces with coal to signal that it is all over now (forget the dead you’ve left). The grand suicide has been committed already and only from this perspective Hölderlin might become intelligible – „where danger is, there the saving powers will grow as well.“

Hold Fast, Der Unbuddhist, http://wp.me/p1QpV7-3n

A.J.

Start imagining a different world. Read and talk about ideas and visions like maximum wage cap (progressive tax reform), basic income entitlement (a.k.a. universal social income), 30-hr work week, job sharing, downshifting (voluntary simplicity), small-scale organic farm subsidy, etc. Even though at the present they seem impossible. Get enlightened and inspired by reading books/articles by writers, activists like Curtis White, Derrick Jensen, David Korten, Chris Hedges, and so many more.

We need to DREAM first, then figure out how to get there. When we first dreamt of flying we didn't know how to make an airplane. Only through hard work, perseverance and countless trial and error did we succeed.

Kitty F

Great essay by Samuel Alexander:
http://simplicitycollective.com/looking-backward-from-the-year-2099-ecozoic-reflections-on-the-future

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