Sunday, January 29, 2012
Eric Allen Bell for Activist Post
Funny thing about the way we were indoctrinated. If you were raised in front of a TV set, as I was, as most of us were, you learned that life is about waiting to be entertained or seeing what you are going to get. Our minds move like sharks you cannot stop, with sharp teeth ready to devour the next shiny thing and the next. Each shiny thing is a false promise that you will find satisfaction, but want is an endless pit….
Inward revolution starts with having the courage, honesty and humility to be able to recognize such indoctrination. Most people would prefer to insist they are already indoctrination-free, rather than to take at fresh look, an honest look. But to overcome this delusion and really take a fresh look will actually set you free. Consumerism and entertainment addiction is bondage. It is also the social norm. The social norm is bondage.
At first breaking free may seem like a lonely path, but as one declares an inward revolution, we see that what we are leaving behind was in fact the lonely path. To declare inward revolution is to violate every social code. To declare inward revolution is more powerful than signing a petition, carrying a sign, shaking your fist, chanting, voting, all of it combined.
For the one who is engaged in deep inward revolution, all outward expression is by nature truly revolutionary. All other forms of revolution end where they began. A brief look at history will show us that.
Inward revolution is the only true revolution and it is, not surprisingly, taboo, easily dismissed, attacked by linear minds desperately lacking in imagination. Not to engage in inward revolution is to endorse the social norm, to back the violence, to stand by passively as the human race devours itself. To move away from the herd takes so much courage. To remain with the herd is to join them as they mindlessly jump off the cliff like lemmings, insisting that their way is normal. There has never been a better time than now to break your social vows.