The entire nation is on tenterhooks with its collective heart in its mouth, waiting with bated breath. And for several reasons. This article won’t go into those reasons, but it will dive into how to swallow the red pill of our heart. It will go into ways to jumpstart our inert complacency into proactive, regime-toppling, courageous action. And it will double-dog dare you into ninjaneering the matrix by first ninjaneering your worldview.
Undermine the Belief Systems of Control
Revolution begins with a raging fire and ends with a resurrected Phoenix. But first things first – fire. Metaphorical and psychological fire is needed to burn down the outdated idea that we need a system of control to keep us in line.
This fire is sparked by courageous and moral individuals. It begins with a defiant “no!” in the face of authority. When faced with corrupt power, a courageous and moral person undermines such power. They do not remain silent amid tyranny, racism, misogyny, ecocide, and greed. They speak up. They lead people toward freedom. They spark an idea that lights a fire under all entrenched power constructs grown corrupt and uncouth with the passage of time.
The question you must ask yourself is this: Am I one of these courageous and moral people? If the answer is yes, then get to work leading others toward freedom. If the answer is no, then get to work learning how to become free. You begin by leading yourself, and realizing that you do not, nor have you ever, needed permission to be free. You begin by realizing that you never needed a ruler or master to tell you what to do, and you have never needed petty laws made by fallible men to guide you toward morality. And you especially don’t need outdated laws based on parochial values to “keep you in line.” As Platowisely stated, “Good people don’t need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws.” Indeed. All you need is the golden rule, the non-aggression principle, and the courage to take responsibility for your own power.
Once you’ve learned how to lead yourself, then the real fun begins: learning how to teach others to lead themselves, and helping others become free. This undermines the system of control all by itself, because when people become authentically free they become free to question things. Freedom begets courage, which begets further freedom. Suddenly the individual is questioning everything they’ve been taught: reconditioning their cultural conditioning, un-washing the brainwash, reverse engineering unhealthy programming enforced by years of propaganda. A ninjaneer emerges who is both courageous and moral enough to see through the illusion of authority and get the job done.
Inspire Solidarity by Planting the Seed of a Unifying Idea
Change is never easy, and regime change is almost impossible. But it is possible. We just need a common idea to rally around in mutual solidarity. We need to plant the seed of a unifying idea. The three pillars of a unifying idea are: common interest, clear vision, and a plan of non-violent action. The keys are freedom, voluntary consent, and non-violence. Note: non-violence does not imply pacifism. Self-defense is necessary when faced with the violence of others. Like Gandhi said, “Where there is only a choice between cowardice and violence, I would advise violence.” But I digress.
Our common interests are simple:
1.) We all want to leave a better world for our kids/grandkids (the seventh-generation principle).
2.) We all want to be treated well by others (the golden rule).
3.) Nobody wishes violence acted upon themselves (the non-aggression principle).
4.) Nobody wants to be a slave. 3 and 4 can be lumped under 2, but they are worth mentioning.
Our clear vision should be based upon our common interests. If we want to leave the world a better place for our grandchildren, then we must begin the difficult task of living healthier lifestyles, now. That means drastically cutting pollution. If we want to be treated well by others, then we must stop being apathetic toward others. This means learning empathy and compassion. If we don’t wish violence upon ourselves, then we should not condone violence against others. This means getting rid of all systems based on violence and control. If we don’t want to be slaves, then we should neither seek to be ruled nor seek to rule others. This means no masters and no rulers, and fighting against any system that seeks to rule over others.
The tricky part is the conditioning. We’ve all been conditioned to believe that we need rules and regulations to keep us in line. We’ve all been conditioned to believe that we need an authority telling us what to do. It’s all psychological. Once we’re able to overcome the outdated notion that we need someone to rule over us, we can begin the difficult task of taking responsibility for our own power. With enough of us learning how to master ourselves, we can then begin the difficult task of dismantling the chain of obedience.
Erode the Legitimacy of the Chain of Obedience
Now that you’ve ninjaneered yourself and reprogrammed the unhealthy programming that’s been holding you back, it’s time to lead by courageous example. It’s time to reveal to others that the emperor has no clothes. It’s time to blow air up the queen’s haughty skirt. It’s time to make the precedent “No president!” It’s time to point at the elephant in the room and get power over power through high laughter and cosmic humor. It’s time to damage the ruling party’s image through strategic noncompliance…