So I was thinking..
‘With our thoughts we create the world’ said the Buddha.. well it’s true, except just sitting around thinking about stuff doesn’t amount to anything without action right?
But what power to ‘create’ or ‘change’ the world do us regular people really have in this modern world? We live in a ‘democracy’ so we can vote for someone who is supposed to change things for us in the way we want right? But in reality they fail to do so over and over again and it’s always the same only worse.. The proof is in the word around us.. Sure we are comfortable in the relative luxury of the privileged west… But what about the slave kids, sweatshop workers, collapsing factories.. The farmers, the GMO seeds being ushered in without means of reversal into Africa by those whose thoughts and ideas create the world more than ours…
Remember Tony Blair and his smug smile as millions marched against the Iraq war while he pointed at us as a shining example of how great freedom under democracy was… Then followed the shock and awe campaign and the ‘7 day’ war that lasted a decade?
Depressing really, everyone can point at the problems, anyone with half a brain can join the dots and put together a conspiracy theory or reality…
But what can us little individuals do to change it if we don’t like it? How do we find time to contribute towards a positive change whilst we find ourselves in an endless pursuit of money to ensure our own level of comfort and survival..
Maybe a future Buddha or Zen revolutionary would suggest we could change everything by merely doing what we do anyway but just a little different..
The art of fighting without fighting… ‘Bruce Lee’
Move a mountain with a mustard seed… ‘Mathew 17:20’
The truth is that we allow these things we disagree with to happen, we vote for them every day, we support them because we fund them..
We donate money to help save animals from cruelty whilst buying products tested needlessly on animals..
We oppose wars yet allow our children to be ‘programmed’ for war and desensitised to mass killing by buying video games driven by violent reality based content.. Prince Harry was quoted as referring to himself as an avid Xbox player and ‘handy’ with his thumbs when describing his ability as a real life gunner on a helicopter gunship in a real life operation killing real people, enemies or not they are still real lives being taken…
Many of us claim to respect our god (whichever faith) and all of creation in its natural form as given by the creator yet Monsanto and the rest of the shady suits behind the scenes continue to irreversibly push modified genetics onto the developing world in total opposition to the natural world itself and sneak their agenda onto our dining tables too any chance they get.. Reece’s Pieces contain GMO Palm Oil…
We can find horse meat and even traces of ‘unknown’ animal DNA present in processed food sold for human consumption and bought mainly by the lower income consumer or people to busy to cook for themselves from scratch..
We love our own children but support the abuse of the child workforce elsewhere who are paid virtually nothing to work in terrible conditions in far away lands manufacturing the clothes our children wear to look cool.. The poor might need those jobs, but these corporations profits are huge, they could easily pay more ethical rates and provide better conditions if they cared at all..
SO WHAT DO ALL THESE THINGS HAVE IN COMMON AND WHAT CAN BE DONE?
CAPITALISM IS BOTH THE PROBLEM AND THE SOLUTION!
WE NEED TO USE CONSUMERISM AS A REVOLUTIONARY TOOL FOR CHANGE!
Forget politics, voting for a better future, campaigning for a greener world is all good for awareness, marching or protesting is a good start, even viral web campaigns and petitions are positive but ineffective…
INSTEAD CHANGE HOW YOU SPEND YOUR MONEY!
Money is the universal energy in this zen capitalist world, we can all argue over territory, faith, football teams, race, politics and ideals but no one disputes the critical importance and reality of living with currency, money is a universally agreed medium and these elite super rich power brokers only occupy their position due to their wealth, these faceless corporations own the politicians, corrupted due to wealth.. Yet everyone of every culture,class, race, creed, faith is united under currency…
We give the elite, selfish and the greedy the power by spending our money where we do… They way we do, the way they want us to.
You want more non violent video games? Buy non violent video games and make them more profitable than the others..
Tired of rap music promoting senselessness and in intelligence? Seek out the music speaking your cause, reflecting our lives and support it, make it the more viable economic choice for the purveyors of the product.
Don’t wanna eat horses and GMO food that is poison? Buy the opposite, read the labels and vote against Monsanto with your money and buy the food that is better for you, bring the price of organic and natural produce down by increasing the demand.. Put the poisoners out of business!
Buy clothes from companies that support your community or treat workers better, even the lesser of two evils is a conscious and positive choice, wear Puma not Nike, rock Stussy not Gucci.
Buy pure fruit juice and not Coke, organic milk, free range corn fed or organic chicken, buy Marley headphones not Dre Beats, the list goes on…
The idea is simple…
YOUR MONEY AND HOW YOU SPEND IT IS THE ONLY TRUE POLITICAL POWER YOU HAVE LEFT! USE YOUR CONSUMER POWER TO SHAPE YOUR WORLD!
If you don’t like them, hit them where it hurts..in their pocket.. Put them out of business every chance you get..
A little thought as we make our consumer choices is the mustard seed to move a mountain, these choices, these thoughts can change the world…
If those millions of people stopped buying Coca Cola for six weeks the financial implications would rock the world..
WE HOLD THE POWER IN OUR HANDS EVERY DAY!
WE ARE NOT SLAVES TO THE BANKERS JUST BECAUSE THEY ISSUE THE NOTES!
TAKE BACK OUR POWER, WE EARN IT, WE SPEND IT, WITH A LITTLE MORE THOUGHT WE CAN CREATE THE WORLD WITH IT!
We are not just economic earthworms here to turn over the monetary top soil and make it fertile for the corporations growth strategy.. We have the right to thrive too…
Be careful what you buy, you might sell yourself down the river! – ‘Alan Gold’
Just my humble opinion and thoughts for the morning… If you enjoy, agree or whatever, pass it on..
Peace. One Love.