For a very long time, I believed that I couldn’t have been more fortunate than to have grown up and been a part of, the United States of America’s systems of democracy and capitalism. What I’ve come to realize is that, while my participation within and as these ‘systems’ has provided me with the means to have a computer, internet access, a home, car, the ability to pay for utilities and put food on the table, etc., these systems are quite fucked up. We don’t really have a ‘democracy’. A democracy implies that everyone has a voice – a vote. In reality, we live in a plutocracy, where the elite – the mega wealthy – actually control the government while the masses are under the illusion of being in a participatorial democracy because they/we get to vote every two – four years for the candidates selected by those actually in control. The requisite class system of capitalism is supported by the working class who are locked into a constant struggle for survival, while the elite – the few truly in control – simply keep adding to their wealth at the expense of the many.
For the wealthy to exist, poor have to exist. Poverty is at an all-time high and growing. The earnings gap between the elite and the working class /poor is greater than at any time in history. Unemployment has skyrocketed. Thanks to the collapse of numerous banks in recent years, many have lost their pensions/retirement benefits. And, to add insult to injury, trillions of dollars in government bailouts for the elite – those too big(rich) to fail – have guaranteed a huge tax burden for future generations.
I forgive myself that I accepted and allowed myself to believe that the propaganda presented by all forms of media since I was a child was actually true when, instead, it has always been geared to manipulate the minds of its audience into a consumerist mentality ready to relinquish individual rights for more government control.
I forgive myself for accepting and allowing myself to believe that elected representatives actually would represent the interests of the general public – the common man – in drafting/supporting legislation to guarantee the dignity and worth – the equality – of every individual, instead of catering to the interests of political action committees and lobbyists representing the corporate elite.
I forgive myself for accepting and allowing myself to believe that capitalism could/would guarantee that all those who worked hard and ‘did the right things’ would be able to ‘get ahead’ and secure their future while providing for themselves and their families, instead of systematically reducing the purchasing power of the individual while increasing the earnings/profits of corporations’ shareholders.
I forgive myself for accepting and allowing myself to chase the American Dream, brainwashed into believing that hard work and dedication would ‘pay off’ with good retirement benefits and an ‘early’ retirement, only to see that possibility taken away with changes to benefits and the retirement age, with the government and corporations extending working careers in the name of consumerism.
I forgive myself that I ever accepted and allowed myself to defend capitalism as a system that was good for all participants, instead of opening my eyes to the reality that capitalism not only creates and perpetuates poverty, but thrives during times of war, as profit and greed have been the primary motive for this country’s participation in wars and, as such, millions of lives have been lost in the name of the Almighty dollar.
I forgive myself for accepting and allowing myself to believe the propaganda that the wars this country has participated in have been to ‘protect freedom’ when, in fact, the capitalist war mongering mentality is only about control of resources and the profits of the war machine – the military industrial complex.
I commit myself to supporting the implementation of an Equal Money System, where All will be guaranteed a dignified life, and all decisions will be based on What’s Best for All, and No Decision will EVER be made based on Greed or Self-Interest, a truly Democratic system where every person will have one vote.
I commit myself to ‘planting the seeds’ for an Equal Money System, as it will be necessary to change the current system from within – as part of the system – realizing that there’s an ever-increasing multitude of people that see the problems and shortcomings of this current system, as evidenced by the ‘occupy movement’ as well as participation with Desteni and Equal Money, and to assist these people to properly prepare themselves to infiltrate the system and change it from within.
I commit myself to continue to prepare myself to be/become a co-creator of a world that’s Best for All.
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