So many issues are thrown at us on a daily basis, Monsanto/GMO's, the government, wars, human rights, animal rights, environmental rights... we are literally bombarded with images and text via tv, radio, and the internet. Sign this petition against...fill in the blank over and over again, call your representative about this bill or that, it's endless. We want to support people and the projects that are important to us, we want to feel heard and honored so we end up spinning plates.
We spin so many plates we are afraid to breathe for fear we may drop one of them. Then we get the blindside email, the one that says "this company, one that you trust, supports what you are fighting against!!" Shock, overwhelm, deflation. We drop our hands to our sides in defeat and exasperation and all the plates crash to the ground.
Allow me to shift the focus of the lens to wide angle, just for a moment and ask this one question:
"Who benefits in this scenario?"
When you are distracted spinning plates (signing petitions, drafting letters and furiously forwarding emails and posting to facebook) or collapsing into a heap of defeat, who benefits?
The answer is the same for both scenarios. The first situation takes you out of your body and away from stillness focusing on the problem using fear, anger and outrage and the second causes you to lose hope.
Let me suggest another type of activism, Anarchy.
I chuckle when I write that because I immediately think of the Sex Pistols and trying to overthrow the government. That is not exactly what I had in mind.
There is a far greater and more powerful form of anarchy, Love. Specifically, loving yourself so deeply and fiercely that your environment simply has no choice but to reflect that.
Can we shift our focus away from fear and hate? Can we love Monsanto so much that they start to love themselves and realize that they simply cannot continue to rape and pillage?
Love as the ultimate anarchy...Who's in?