In third grade, my class was assigned to write an essay on 'What I would do to change the world [for the better]." Most of my classmates went with the pageant favorites: world peace, and no nukes.
Me, I remember spending a lot of time thinking about one change and all the consequences of that change, and all the people impacted. Like, what if another country came and blew up my home, my family and friends? Should I just take it on the chin and say "Oh well, World Peace!?" What if this other country's leaders were doing something truly and horrifyingly reprehensible to their own people? No, no, I believe in just uses of violence.
Each 'change' I could brainstorm went through a similar vetting and consideration process. At the end of it all, the change I wrote about, because it was the only one that didn't have these overwhelming obstacles and challenges against it was this: "I'd get rid of #money
." And so, I wrote about that.
ALSO: 100% the bit about friendship being the real security. #Friendship
and kinship. It is my tribe, my #family
both blood and chosen that give me the safety and assurance that I could only ever be allowed to fall and fail so low before they'll step in to help me up; it is this that gives me the courage and confidence to step boldly into my dreams, into my future. These are my soulmates, not some celluloid lover figure. I take risks, not because I'm cocky, but because I am safe. I am made safe.
"Many people label me an anti-capitalist. Whilst I do believe capitalism is fundamentally flawed, requiring infinite growth on a finite planet, I am not anti anything. I am pro-nature, pro-community and pro-happiness. And that's the thing I don't get – if all this consumerism and environmental destruction brought happiness, it would make some sense. But all the key indicators of unhappiness – depression, crime, mental illness, obesity, suicide and so on are on the increase. More money it seems, does not equate to more happiness. Ironically, I have found this year to be the happiest of my life. I've more friends in my community than ever, I haven't been ill since I began, and I've never been fitter. I've found that friendship, not money, is real security. That most western poverty is spiritual. And that independence is really interdependence."