From:   Richard Machado <richardwmach@gmail.com>
Sent time:   Saturday, October 22, 2011 8:44:38 AM
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Subject:   Re: The Culture of Democracy: We are ALL Leaders
 

Edited version (spaces for breath and last paragraph revise):

In my very humble opinion,

 

Our general assemblies should have no, nor ever elect, ANY fucking "delegates," "chair people" or any other such forms concentrated power over the people. Sorry, but I block! In case you haven't noticed, the further you push the power away from the mass of the People for their discretion, for the ways of concentrated power and its discretion, the closer we tend towards corruption and misrepresentation. "For when you allow yourself to be represented, you allow yourself to be replaced." And I can tell you all right now: I will NOT be replaced! I have a very loud voice and I can and will use it to speak for myself and only myself, and if you, the People, shall relinquish your voices to another then you'll all deserve the disenfranchisement that we are sure to re-inherit from the politics that exist outside of our squares, and we will see along with it the destruction of our culture of popular participation in the community governance that has come to us because of our system of both horizontal organization & decision-making. The reason behind this is that the People will only ever feel a need to be involved if they also feel that they can personally make a difference in or inspire some form of impact on the world in which they live. For this fact, representatives make us, more heinously than anything else, complacent and then apathetic, because of the helplessness of expecting to be represented but then being ignored, unheard and disregarded by the very governmental system that we entrusted our entire civilization to. The crushing reality of our society's death-spiral is borne from that very system of "representative" democracy. Direct democracy, in response, with no singular authorities or leaders, would be the best way inspire the People to participate once again in their lives and in the activity making the future of our People, as a People, because they will have a direct role in shaping that future; but direct democracy will also serve to break the pervasive effects of corporate money which corrupts such "representative" governments, character assassinations which diverts the perceptions of the people by deriding its symbols of hope, assassinations which EXTINGUISH the peoples' hope by killing their such symbols, and apathetic society which is a byproduct of these things but which also horribly leads to the very reason why our people no longer feel the need to actively participate in creating the cultures & communities of our society.

 

This self-destroying cycle is refueled in this way because it is the inherit belief of "representative" democracy that someone else will do the job that needs doing for you or for us. The systemic failure of this such system is a Cancer on the heart of our society itself, and on the heart of the People themselves, because the heart of the People is community, and such a governmental system destroys the foundations of communities−which are people actively coming together in the common enjoyment of life and in the common defense thereof. And as with the heart, so does the life-blood of the People become sick and weak from this Cancer, and that which is sick and weak out there is the collective culture that the People should be creating within their active communities but are not. Therefore the stagnant momentum of humanity as a whole is to be blamed on that system, which encourages the People to allow themselves to be represented not only in government, but in life; the yielding progress of humanity is also to be blamed in this way on that system for leading the People into the assumption that they will always be represented; and, it is finally to be blamed on that sort of government, but also, and most disruptively & most disgustingly, on the People for NOT rising up to represent THEMSELVES when the decisions that are being made aren't, nor have they been, in the best interest of all the People, as the whole, but instead are very clearly only being made, and have only been made, for the good of those select few who are the most privileged among us, those few who hold the most power over us, and those few whose only purpose is to provide benefit to themselves at the EXPENSE of another being or the whole of the People, by them experiencing a traceable pain to such decisions, intentional or otherwise.

 

That Cancer of complacent democracy must be stopped. And what we are building out here on our streets and squares, together, is the start of that amazing journey that we are all about to take. Because, even with the state of affairs outside of our squares being what it is, something very interesting is happening. It's happening because we are beginning to realize ourselves as The People−as a force−as THE force. The Peoples' perception of their power and of their potential when they know that they are Humanity, that Humanity is a species, that Humanity is OUR species. We begin to realize that the thing that defines us better than any other thing, this thing called humanity−the thing that is us−can ultimately be defined by US. We awaken to the fact that by changing ourselves into what we want to be, we change the whole of Humanity. We realize that we can occupy OURSELVES, and guide ourselves, and change ourselves! We realize that our future is determined by the collective decisions made by individuals just like us, and the way in which we define ourselves has everything to do with the choices the People have made and are making now. Reality dawns on the phrase WE are the People, we ARE Humanity. And if we can change ourselves, then we can also change that definition of humanity as it exists−the culmination of all the ills that befall us−to instead, something more beautiful, and something more like the thing we WISH we could be.

 

We are starting to realize that we CAN wish, but that we can also just as easily DO. We are understanding now that none of us are cattle to be towed and hauled to the slaughter at the whim of the ones wielding the red, hot branding sticks. We are the beings with the power of consciousness. We are the lucky assortments of dust from all the stars and galaxies our Universe has created in passed eons. We are the sons and daughters of the great God of existence. We are the People that rose from the dirt of worlds−WE are Humans. I couldn't be more proud of such a title, but it is known that I must change my ways so that I may be ordained a deserving being in my actions for the privilege into which I was born. This thing that is humanity, means everything to me. It means that species that embraces the principles by which it wishes to live, in order to be closer to that divinity it is forever in reverence of. And if those principles of Humanity are to be such things as the blessings of righteousness, equality & fairness, then these would hold the largest roles and define the largest chunks of what it is to be Human. Yes, WE are the Humans of Earth, but that could mean anything. Let it, within you, define what kind of infinitely diverse beings we can be, with our principles influencing our cultures and communities, so that they aren't just wishes for what could be, but so that they are actions that define what is. For it is true that if we don't grasp our destinies by the reins & steer for ourselves, we will continue to be the hopeless and helpless that defines us today. But if we all become the leaders that Humanity is destined to be made of, by traveling this path together, we'll instead provide for the wholeness and oneness for ourselves that life is forever seeking to obtain. All that we have to do, indeed, all that we ever had to do to realize these greater truths is look inside, and change what it is that we see in there. And by result, we'd have changed what it is that we are defined as, and then, when what is inside of us is manifested into action, we'll see the change sweep across the world that exists outside of ourselves. Humanity! You know what you can be! Lead yourselves out of the darkness, using nothing but the goodness in your heart, and you'll find the answers to many of things that have been the hardest of mysteries. When the individuals of Humanity believe that they can change themselves in a principled way, and then do so, the individuals will believe in changing Humanity itself, and so too that will change. And the People would never need hopelessness or helplessness again, because all that would ever be needed to change the world, would be right where The People could, would and always should have been able to get at... directly within themselves.

 

In my very humble opinion.


















On Sat, Oct 22, 2011 at 9:46 AM, Richard Machado <richardwmach@gmail.com> wrote:
In my very humble opinion, Our general assemblies should have no, nor ever elect, ANY fucking "delegates," "chair people" or any other such forms concentrated power over the people. Sorry, but I block! In case you haven't noticed, the further you push the power away from the mass of the People for their discretion, for the ways of concentrated power and its discretion, the closer we tend towards corruption and misrepresentation. "For when you allow yourself to be represented, you allow yourself to be replaced." And I can tell you all right now: I will NOT be replaced! I have a very loud voice and I can and will use it to speak for myself and only myself, and if you, the People, shall relinquish your voices to another then you'll all deserve the disenfranchisement that we are sure to re-inherit from the politics that exist outside of our squares, and we will see along with it the destruction of our culture of popular participation in the community governance that has come to us because of our system of both horizontal organization & decision-making. The reason behind this is that the People will only ever feel a need to be involved if they also feel that they can personally make a difference in or inspire some form of impact on the world in which they live. For this fact, representatives make us, more heinously than anything else, complacent and then apathetic, because of the helplessness of expecting to be represented but then being ignored, unheard and disregarded by the very governmental system that we entrusted our entire civilization to. The crushing reality of our society's death-spiral is borne from that very system of "representative" democracy. Direct democracy, in response, with no singular authorities or leaders, would be the best way inspire the People to participate once again in their lives and in the activity making the future of our People, as a People, because they will have a direct role in shaping that future; but direct democracy will also serve to break the pervasive effects of corporate money which corrupts such "representative" governments, character assassinations which diverts the perceptions of the people by deriding its symbols of hope, assassinations which EXTINGUISH the peoples' hope by killing their such symbols, and apathetic society which is a byproduct of these things but which also horribly leads to the very reason why our people no longer feel the need to actively participate in creating the cultures & communities of our society. This self-destroying cycle is refueled in this way because it is the inherit belief of "representative" democracy that someone else will do the job that needs doing for you or for us. The systemic failure of this such system is a Cancer on the heart of our society itself, and on the heart of the People themselves, because the heart of the People is community, and such a governmental system destroys the foundations of communities−which are people actively coming together in the common enjoyment of life and in the common defense thereof. And as with the heart, so does the life-blood of the People become sick and weak from this Cancer, and that which is sick and weak out there is the collective culture that the People should be creating within their active communities but are not. Therefore the stagnant momentum of humanity as a whole is to be blamed on that system, which encourages the People to allow themselves to be represented not only in government, but in life; the yielding progress of humanity is also to be blamed in this way on that system for leading the People into the assumption that they will always be represented; and, it is finally to be blamed on that sort of government, but also, and most disruptively & most disgustingly, on the People for NOT rising up to represent THEMSELVES when the decisions that are being made aren't, nor have they been, in the best interest of all the People, as the whole, but instead are very clearly only being made, and have only been made, for the good of those select few who are the most privileged among us, those few who hold the most power over us, and those few whose only purpose is to provide benefit to themselves at the EXPENSE of another being or the whole of the People, by them experiencing a traceable pain to such decisions, intentional or otherwise. That Cancer of complacent democracy must be stopped. And what we are building out here on our streets and squares, together, is the start of that amazing journey that we are all about to take. Because, even with the state of affairs outside of our squares being what it is, something very interesting is happening. It's happening because we are beginning to realize ourselves as The People−as a force−as THE force. The Peoples' perception of their power and of their potential when they know that they are Humanity, that Humanity is a species, that Humanity is OUR species. We begin to realize that the thing that defines us better than any other thing, this thing called humanity−the thing that is us−can ultimately be defined by US. We awaken to the fact that by changing ourselves into what we want to be, we change the whole of Humanity. We realize that we can occupy OURSELVES, and guide ourselves, and change ourselves! We realize that our future is determined by the collective decisions made by individuals just like us, and the way in which we define ourselves has everything to do with the choices the People have made and are making now. Reality dawns on the phrase WE are the People, we ARE Humanity. And if we can change ourselves, then we can also change that definition of humanity as it exists−the culmination of all the ills that befall us−to instead, something more beautiful, and something more like the thing we WISH we could be. We are starting to realize that we CAN wish, but that we can also just as easily DO. We are understanding now that none of us are cattle to be towed and hauled to the slaughter at the whim of the ones wielding the red, hot branding sticks. We are the beings with the power of consciousness. We are the lucky assortments of dust from all the stars and galaxies our Universe has created in passed eons. We are the sons and daughters of the great God of existence. We are the People that rose from the dirt of worlds−WE are Humans. I couldn't be more proud of such a title, but it is known that I must change my ways so that I may be ordained a deserving being in my actions for the privilege into which I was born. This thing that is humanity, means everything to me. It means that species that embraces the principles by which it wishes to live, in order to be closer to that divinity it is forever in reverence of. And if those principles of Humanity are to be such things as the blessings of righteousness, equality & fairness, then these would hold the largest roles and define the largest chunks of what it is to be Human. Yes, WE are the Humans of Earth, but that could mean anything. Let it, within you, define what kind of infinitely diverse beings we can be, with our principles influencing our cultures and communities, so that they aren't just wishes for what could be, but so that they are actions that define what is. For it is true that if we don't grasp our destinies by the reins & steer for ourselves, we will continue to be the hopeless and helpless that defines us today. But if we all become the leaders that Humanity is destined to be made of, by traveling this path together, we'll instead provide for the wholeness and oneness for ourselves that life is forever seeking to obtain. All that we all have to do, all that we ever had to do to realize these greater truths is look inside, and change what it is that we see in there. And by result, what would be changed is in there, and then, what it is inside of us will be we see being done out here. Humanity! You know what you can be! Lead yourselves out of the darkness, using nothing but the goodness in your heart, and you'll find the answers to many of things that have been the hardest of mysteries. When it is that individuals believe that they could change themselves in a principled way, and then do so, the individuals will believe in changing Humanity, and so too that will change. And the People would never need hopelessness or helplessness again, because all that would ever be needed to change the world, would be right where The People could, would and always should have been able to get at... directly within themselves.

In my very humble opinion.

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