the Elephant in the little existential room

Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world 
(w.b. yeats)

Humanity is fast hurtling towards self-destruction. Meaningful change cannot be achieved without sacrifice.

What am I really doing with my life? Am I Resisting in a real way against the structural forces that have Humanity locked in on a crash course with annihilation? How should I appropriate my time? To what extent should I do what I want to do that brings me joy and pleasure and fulfillment, as opposed to doing what I need to do to play my part in the Resistance?

What are you doing to be a part of the Resistance? Industrial civilization has our collective destruction ensured, unless we can stop it.

Time is fast running out.

What are you doing with your life? With the knowledge that the dominant culture needed social injustice to continue its planet-wrecking endeavors, could you go on living without a care in the world? Without doing whatever you could to throw the wrench at the web of cogs? Would the burden on your conscience not be overwhelming?

The Elephant in my little existential room is my obligation to challenge the global-level forces that are undermining the future of myself, friends, family, and species. Those forces are essentially neo-liberal unfettered capitalism, its cultural crony consumerism, and more generally, greed. I am faced with the challenge of supporting myself more or less alone in this society – by the fruit of my own wage slavery, living off the system I wish to eliminate. However what I need to and really want to do working in coordination with others in a meaningful, productive way to effect social change. This is called cognitive dissonance.

The question is, how do we balance survival – rent, money for food, transport, and self-care – with working towards meaningful systemic change? The only kind of meaningful system change being the taking down of industrial civilization?

The Elephant in Obama's Oval Office

The Elephant in Obama’s Oval Office


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