Sometimes I think I’m getting too mad about stuff. I need to “chill” (see Caught between Growing Up and Waking Up). At the same time a lot of things are very wrong in the world.
I came across a chart on Dave Pollard’s blog post titled Does it Matter who is Perpetrating the Destruction of our World and Why?. It does a good job of explaining how we’ve been lulled into accepting things, and how we need to start getting pissed off. Sounds like we need to move from Citizen Engagement to Citizen Enragement.
From Dave’s post (Do read the whole thing – it pulls together concepts from Keith Farnish’s upcoming book Underminers and Daniel Gilbert’s book Stumbling on Happiness on the human brain’s ability to construct its own reality):
“Keith Farnish tells us we need to get angry before we will be moved to act to undermine the industrial civilization that is killing our planet. Then, he says, we need to focus our attention on the “tools of disconnection” — the means by which the perpetrators of our disconnection from our intuition, our positive emotions, our senses, each other, and all-life-on-Earth keep us disorganized, confused, fearful and dependent.”
It’s pretty hardcore to say that corporations and governments have no part to play in the solution and need to be removed. But if you ask me, they are really perpetrators of the circle of disconnection above. At the same time, a revolution of that kind would be nothing if not violent. I’m not a big fan of violence. Hmmm. Maybe I’m not pissed off enough yet….