People always tell me that my life is controlled by forces that are more powerful than I am, forces like the wind and the rain, and the economy, which decide my destiny.
I am enslaved by the forces of destiny.
Despite this I have always felt in myself a deep impulse for freedom. An impulse that often makes me refuse to accept the authority of destiny over my life. My desire for freedom fuels my defiance.
When I express this desire for freedom I am often scolded as being out of touch with reality, yet when I look around my world I see this delusion in others as well: We all share a desire for freedom.
Perhaps its the theories we propose to get freedom that are out of touch with reality. Take for example the efforts of communism, which ended up causing more deaths than the Nazi’s even when it was only seeking to create a free society. Or look at how medieval Christianity focused so much on freeing people from slavery in the afterlife that they turned this life into a hell for the numerous people who obeyed (and disobeyed) their rules.
Slaves to History
I have become increasingly suspicious that my desire for freedom is actually a only a reaction to the darker feeling that my choices have only a minimal effect upon my life. What gives gravity to this claim is that freedom is only an idea which soothes me from the truth: my destiny is decided by something that is not me.
I have no power over what happens to my life, and that my life is in many ways already determined. In the words of Rust Chole: “Our sentience is just cycling through our lives like carts on a track.”
This is a heavy thought. My awareness makes me feel that I am free in order to sedate me from realization that I am a slave.
I look around my world after this thought and I see huge majorities of people burdened with the same desire for escape, and the same desire for freedom. I see massive movements against concepts like the Illuminati, big government, and corporations, which all are symbols of powers that are greater than ourselves, symbols of those forces which determine our lives.
The first impulse is always to appeal to their humanness. This is always our flaw: to believe that there is humanness in the forces that control our destiny. When the winds and the rains ruled our crops we saw them as Gods with human features, and we prayed to this humanness, and we begged them to spare us.
Now we march into streets and appeal to massive financial and political institutions to have some humanity, but we are making the same mistake: what good is it to appeal to their humanity when they are forces, nothing more.
I guess he root of my despair is this thought.
I am trapped in history, sitting on death row, and the guards patrolling my cell are these great forces, and you… you are sitting beside me. Together we are damned, us humans.
As James Joyce said: “History is a nightmare, from which I am trying to awaken.”
If you challenge this thought, simply look at what history is: a war between great forces, where humans are but the cannon fodder. It is a list of battles and genocides between great nations, and native people. It is a catalog of a few victories achieved by great powers at the expense of many human lives.
History is fueled by blood.
The more time I gift this thought the more I began to see: the desire to be free is something in us telling us to wake up, and giving in to the supreme power of history is a choice we make to remain asleep, to let the forces lead history.
But this thought reveals something very special: all history is not caused by these great forces.
Mahatma Ghandi, Joan of Arc, Martin Luther King, Allen Ginsberg, Freidrich Nietzsche, Albert Einstein. These figures all changed the course of history using the the power of consciousness.
When you are asleep you are in a different state of consciousness than when you are awake, and these figures inspired people to wake up and transcend their destinies. They were catalysts of consciousness.
And they were not special.
They represent the potential within every single human to awaken.
These great humans of history are heroes. They are heroes because they were bound by the same great forces that we are, but they managed to become a force themselves.
My study of these figures has led me to a surprising conclusion: they all used the same technique, they all focus on spreading a wave of awareness by taking creative action.
The actions of heroes awaken in us the dormant powers of our human potential, and through this we become inspired to join together and take action. This is the nature of a movement: a group of people taking action. A group of humans in movement becomes a force. The larger their wave of awareness the more powerful the effect they have on history.
We are not completely slaves to our destinies.
Look at Jesus for example: His movement consisted of twelve men, the political forces of Rome and Judaism crushed him, but his wave of awareness has influenced billions of lives over the past two thousand years.
This possibility, which seems to appeal to my impulse for freedom, is something I wish to use.
You see, up until now these movements have usually required great sacrifice to fuel. The Christians had to spend three hundred years getting eaten by lions before they succeeded in championing Rome. But the internet changes all this.
Any message you have can be spread to all corners of the globe in a matter of seconds, and this technology has inspired a new strategy us humans can use to influence history.
The plan is simple.
Etch your art across the world. Publish your poetry, graffiti, opinion pieces, hairstyles, insane dreams, speeches, songs, paintings on the world stage. Dance, fight, burn, shout, do whatever your humanness demands of you. Become a slave to your imagination, not your destiny. Don’t try to escape your circumstances: color them in.
Imagination trumps destiny.
There is a Way
The method to begin your participation in your own life is simple: begin to communicate your ideas. If you do not communicate your ideas, then you will not contribute to the wave of awareness we need to develop to inspire seven billion humans.
The method for this is simple, build a personal platform using one of the following:
-A free wordpress blog
-A paid wordpress blog
-A squarespace site
-A facebook page
-Anything else you can think of that will host your ideas in clear view for people to see.
Populate this personal site with your own material, be it art, videos, writings, or songs, and develop your own voice. For now your voice matters more than your ideas, it is your essence. Academics, for all their knowledge, fail to realize this truth.
As you set up this space for your creations, seek out a group of people with whom you can share your ideas. You could make this out of your friends and create a facebook group, or you could start a reddit community online and see who joins. Whirlpool around this group and see what type of voices you have and how they blend.
Once this collective has a group of voices which are supplying a steady stream of ideas yous can analyse the ideas and determine which ideas are good enough to take action upon.
Then do it.
Take action and begin building something in accordance with your people, and the ideas which they produce. As Mikhail Bakunin said: “We must spread our principles, not with words but with deeds, for this is the most popular, the most potent, and the most irresistible form of propaganda.”
The only action you need can happen right now, and it will set the train in motion. Build a site. Right now. It’s cheap or even free. It’s a great investment. Post an idea on it. Look at how you say it. Work on your voice. Then on your ideas. Find people who will help you to do this. Inspire them to act.
If you, like me, feel like there is something pushing down on you, and you like me, feel an impulse to be free from this pressure, then do this. The power you have is worth nothing without action. Your life is meaningless, a victim of forces greater than yourself. Your only option is to create a force greater than yourself.
You know your first step.