Duck! and Gather

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I was checking the logs of my site and noticed I was getting visitors from a link on a posting in (Note: Corrrection on my guess that Andy his commenters are “Millenials”. Turns out they’re X-ers just like me.) Checking out that link leads you to a new group on myspace called The Anti-Corporate Ideas General Discussion Group. That group links to a newsletter called Anti-Corporate Ideas. Both sites look quite interesting to me. Still, I’d like to call out one small point of emphasis concerning “people vs. corporations”. With that phrase, one can focus on the “vs. corporations” part. Alternatively (or consistently), one can focus on the “people” part. I’m currently more interested in the latter part. I mean, I’ve written, predicted, and podcasted about the former. But that was just housekeeping. It’s not like there is actually any “there” there. A Corporation is simply a legal fiction that exists only to the extent our collective imagination permits its existence. So rather than dwelling on imaginary notions, I’m more interested in focusing on real People, and how we People might learn to adopt self-reliance practices. Now of course, if we People became truly self-reliant, we would be starving the Corporations of the money they need to survive. So, in that way, you could say this effort would be “Anti-Corporate”. But the subtle distinction I’m drawing here concerns the motivation for becoming self-reliant. My main interest in that is not about “bringing down the Corporations” (although that might be kind of nice). Rather, my main interest in self-reliance is about improving the health of us People, and raising our collective ability to love and to learn. In other words, I believe that flourishing health, love, and wisdom are symbiotic with self-reliance. And health, love, wisdom, and self-reliance are things that only we People people can taste (those imaginary Corporate people can’t even begin to imagine such things).

In the comments to my “Duck! and Gather” post, commentator Michelle wrote: “I can’t understand why so few of my friends and colleagues care to brainstorm with me!” Hey, me too. That is, the whole reason I started this blog was that my own various friends, for one reason or another, simply weren’t interested in these subjects. So if they didn’t want to hear it, I figured I’d throw it out there on the web. And then I find that the second commenter on the site has had a similar experience. So that got me thinking about friendship. Friendship seems to me to be a relationship between people who share a common interest. That my current friends are not interested in this blog doesn’t mean they’re not my friends anymore. It just means I don’t bring up this stuff when I’m hanging with them. Instead, I post my thoughts on the web. But then realizing that others are having similar experiences suggests to me that maybe we need an open “meeting place” where any of us can share his or her thoughts. But maybe something more than that. Something more constructive. Like a shared place where we collectively build something. But build what? How about building a self-reliant life — one that seeks independence from Corporations (including Government). It will be a life that asks: How can I do that solely by myself? Or, at least, with only the help of my friends? Such a site might be called a “PeoplesWiki”. When I get the chance, I’ll try posting something along those lines. Your thoughts?

This blog is now attracting comments. Check out the comments to the previous posting. Not your run-of-the-mill commentary, eh? Andy and Michelle, my first two commentators, are obviously observant, clear thinking, well written sorts. Now I’m not saying this just because they find agreement with some of my positions. Hey, we can all disagree. Hell, I disagree with myself often enough. No. What I’m talking about here is stating your positions lucidly, and with emotional balance. Now that doesn’t mean you can’t or shouldn’t post the sort of infantile crap that fills the web. That’s the beauty of the web. It’s just a reflection of us. That is, the web is a mirror. So given that, throw in a comment! No need to login or anything.

for the money has gone too far

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