Tuesday, 26 June 2012
I want to live in a different system than the one we live in where we are forced to work every day and accumulate and buy crap we don't need because the economy is geared to making profits for banks and not profits for us, the people who live in this system. I want to live in a system that is not insane. Our system is insane.
I want this to end sometime soon, sooner rather than later. I want the old system that is evil, and corrupt, to descend into the dirt and a new one to rise from its ashes where people are central and money is peripheral, and one where, bringing it all the way back to myself, I get paid for writing instead of typing. I want to be writing my own words and have the time and the space to think and ponder and to craft them as they deserve. I want one of the editors through whom I submit my words for publication to finally publish what they keep telling me is "original" but which they cannot find a space for.
I want to live in a world where people are free to follow their passions instead of being chained to desks doings jobs that are becoming more and more mundane, where they earn money and then are too tired to do anything else.
This is not a pipe dream. It is not a dream of utopia. Living in the world will always be hard and we will always suffer. But suffering because of the greed of a small group of people is living like subjects under a king who elected themselves.
I want to live in a world where the economy is not completely unsustainable, and where the sustainability rug was ripped out from under our own noses long before any of us was born but where we still beat for justice.
I want justice, not revenge, for everybody in the world. I want those who suffer most to have the biggest voice to keep our hubris in check. I want us to remember to recognise what is sacred, and that when we say "Namaste" it is not just at the end of a yoga class. I want us to be able to recognise the divine in each other, and that the person in front of us is bigger than we can imagine, rather than the small pointlessness we see them as now.
I want a small percentage of people of the world to stop raping the earth I love for profits and thereby ruin it for everybody. I want them to stop thinking they are going to get away with it. I want the insane of the world to stop being the ones who are ruling it.
I want the sacred to be a column in spreadsheets. I want all of us to wake up and to start demanding change until it comes. I want the wise to sit enthroned instead of rich white people.
I want a hippopotamus for Christmas.
I want to ride the trains and write about people while they don't know I'm writing about them.
That's what I want today. How about you?