Civil Disobedience

April 13, 2024 Off By Mark Paul

I think the media is very manipulating today. Owned by moguls and oligarchs we are presented with a myriad of distractions and fabrications that get inside our heads and fire up reactive emotions. It amazes me how many adverts I get on my FB timeline asking me for money for the suffering of the innocent. Wars that are not wars but invasions invoked for land and profit.

The cost-of-living crisis is such for those who cannot afford to eat or heat and there are now upwards of 14 million people in that bracket.

To paraphrase a great economist of our time – Fred Harrison – around 2000BC in Mesopotamia, Sumerian priests and princes guided people to prosperity, but soon usury took hold. Families lost their land and communities ruptured as they became beholding to the growing power of aristocrats and oligarchs, later assembling land into large estates. Ruled by kings and awarded to courtiers and loyalist in exchange for military support and taxes. Soon all common land was absorbed as families and communities struggled to pay rents and taxes well beyond their means.

The same thing is happening today. But instead of kings and nobles we are stripped and ravaged by politicians and corporations. The infection of greed is rife. For those with increasing wealth will never have “enough”. The accumulation of money is an addiction like any other.

So what can we do to restore our relationship with nature. We are the only species on this planet to have to pay to live here! This burden is entrenched in society so that it has become normal for one man to pay for his bread and the other to profit, for one man to pay for his roof and the other to profit. So become the profiteer! Is that the only alternative?

Collective consciousness is a powerful tool and I’m sure can be used to invoke change. But there is a great conspiracy afoot. Those who would steal the world and shape it for themselves must quell the desire for more by the very people that swell their coffers. Feed them confusion, distraction and the chance to win.

There are those of us who see beyond these unscrupulous and unjust tactics that so often bear down and break us. And there are processes at work by good people to bring down this reign of lies, deceit and theft. Such an ingrained and innate state of being is a sacrilege against the true birthright of every human being to have free use of land, shelter and food. That is where we started, and though long forgotten in the annals of time, to that state of living we will eventually return. The fight of the good is relentless.

In the words of Mahatma Gandhi, “The only safe and honorable course for a self-respecting man is to do what I have decided to do, that is, to submit without protest to the penalty of disobedience … not for want of respect for lawful authority, but in obedience to the higher law of our being, the voice of conscience.”

“Strength comes from an indomitable will. If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. We need not wait to see what others do.” Mahatma Gandhi.