On my birthday with 2020 vision I am thinking about what is normal, and instead of asking you to donate to a cause on my behalf I would like to ask you to take 5 minutes of your day and think about it too.
When people say “I can’t wait to get back to normal”, I think what they’re really saying is “I’m fantasizing about pre-coronovirus life when I could do anything I wanted without having to think too hard about it.”
However, I can’t help but think about how our lives before coronovirus was a world where so much of what we considered normal was actually pretty fucked up.
It was a world where racism and inequality was normal.
Where greed and hoarding was normal.
Where exploitation and the rape of the world was normal.
Where being disconnected and lonely was normal.
Where scarcity and hunger was normal.
Where rage and hate were normal.
Where competition for basic necessities was normal.
Where poisoning and dismantling our life support system was normal.
We were getting damn too good at normalizing.
And I for one do not have any desire to go back to “normal”.
Because we can do better than that.
Much better than that.
We Are better than that.
Buckminster Fuller gave us the roadmap back in the ’50’s, plain as day. He said:
“It is now highly feasible to take care of everybody on Earth at a higher standard of living than any have ever known. It no longer has to be you or me. Selfishness is unnecessary. War is obsolete. It is a matter of converting our high technology from WEAPONRY to LIVINGRY.”
How long will we the people accept being part of a machine that kills people instead of creating a system that nurtures… us?
I believe we are capable of implementing a circular economy instead of an extractive growth obsessed economy, and implementing all of the technology that works with and for the earth and mothball all of the technology that works against it.
It really boils down to a choice we are making, every single day.
We need to Defund War.
The War on People. The War on Intelligence. The War on Dignity.
The War on the Earth.
This is the true task at hand.
I for one will settle for nothing less than Livingry.
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