Harnessing David-like Courage in the Age of Goliath

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Turning the Tables
Turning the Tables
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“All men recognize the right to revolution; that is the right to refuse allegiance to and to resist the government when its tyranny or its inefficiency is great and unendurable.” -Henry David Thoreau

“We live in a plutocracy not a democracy, and the only true power is behind the curtain, not in front. The financial and business powers not only own and control this country they own and control the entire planet; and no, it’s not a conspiracy theory. It’s a value-system disorder.” –Peter Joseph. Harnessing David-like courage is a revolutionary and evolutionary act of living during the Time of the Great Awakening. It’s the ardently gentle, satirically genuine, ruthlessly sensitive, rebelliously reverent evolution of the vigilant vigilante force of nature known as the Awakened Soul. And we cannot be stopped.

Like David Brooks wrote, “There is a big difference between mental force and mental character. Mental character is akin to moral character. It is forged by experience and effort, carved into the hinterland of the mind.” We, the awakened and collective David, have both mental force and mental character, whereas Goliath only has mental force (mainly meaningless propaganda). We have been carved into the hinterland of our time. Our zeitgeist is our outspoken truth to any and all obsolete, unsustainable power structures. –Goliath beware!

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“It’s a sad and stupid thing to have to proclaim oneself a revolutionary just to be a decent man.” –David Harris

David was Gandhi against the overreach of the British government. David was MLK in the civil rights movement. David was Jesus facing down both the Jewish orthodoxy and the Roman Empire. David was Nietzsche in defiance against the oppressive overreach of Christianity.

David is us, you and me, in solidarity against plutocrats who are so entrenched in their plutocracy that they think it is okay and just to rape the environment and the poor while fattening their wallets because they “earned” it. We are David trumping Goliath. We are the slingshot that has the potential to topple giants. No deceitful armor can defend against the naked honesty of our truth to power. Not even death can stop those of us who are truly free. We are the journey, not the destination.

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In a world of discordant networks and unsustainable Megacorps, we will discover our authentic destiny in the in between, in the cultural “black holes,” where we are free to be the glue that binds platform to platform, structure to structure, creating a web of authentic disclosure for our brothers and sisters. Like David Edwards wrote, “Compassion is the desire to remove the suffering of others, and love is the desire to reinforce and preserve their happiness.” As David it is our duty to remove the suffering of others. And we do so by taking down Goliath.

Goliath is any outdated overreaching power structure that hinders healthy progression. Goliath is the fat-ass oracle who has failed. Goliath is the giant, tyrannical, vampire octopus of the Federal Reserve with its tentacles in everybody’s pie (see video below). Goliath is the mega-corporation moonlighting as a person. Goliath is any unsustainable juggernaut that has grown too big for us to allow it to continue trampling over everything.

But, like Malcolm Gladwell wrote in David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants, “Giants are not what we think they are. The same qualities that appear to give them strength are often the sources of great weakness.” Let’s capitalize on their weakness by taking aim at that vulnerable spot between their armor. Not in a violent way. No, that just reduces us to their level of rape and appropriation. But in a nonviolent way that turns the tables on the power dynamic by revealing the ace was always up our sleeve to begin with, and by having mind control over Debo. We don’t necessarily want Goliath defeated as much as we want to change his mind. Until we change the way our culture thinks about Goliath, there will always be new Goliaths taking the place of the old ones. The buck needs to stop, and it needs to stop here.

When an honest man realizes that he is mistaken, he will either cease being mistaken or cease being honest. Goliath is the person who ceases being honest. David is the person who ceases being mistaken. David is the man or woman who keeps Goliath in check, keeps him accountable. David is the courageous one amidst the cowardice many. All it takes is just a few million David’s to rise up amongst the 7 billion cowards, and come together in solidarity, to tip the scales back in favor of a healthy, sustainable planet.

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“Much of what we consider valuable in our world arises out of one-sided conflicts” writes Malcom Gladwell. “Because the act of facing overwhelming odds, produces greatness and beauty.” As it stands, nothing is more important than this. As it stands, nothing is more challenging, more dangerous, and more uncertain than this. Elegance under pressure can only be shown during risky action, the kind of action displayed by professional gamblers, poker players, and even dissidents in the streets stretching comfort zones that punch through plutocratic thresholds.

But like Michael Dirda wrote, “To live by the dice or accept death with confidence requires a consummate self-possession, which is the essence of character. No one becomes a hero staying at home, going to the office, or attending church.” So caveat rex, King beware! Let this be a warning to the political donor class and the plutocratic conglomerate in session. We are no longer divided by your imaginary lines: democratic/republican, conservative/liberal, native/immigrant, black/white. We have had enough. We want accountability. We want transparency.

And we WILL be coming to get it. You should expect nothing less than a full-frontal reset. When exploitation of the masses and environmental rape are no longer fashionable, and the poor are eating the rich –Soylent-Green-style– because they have nothing else to eat, what will your plutocratic politics be worth then? *cue crickets* It doesn’t even matter if your appropriation of the world began with good intentions. Like Malcom Gladwell wrote, “There comes a point where the best-intentioned application of power and authority begins to backfire.” And it HAS backfired. But it’s not too late to change. Like Nietzsche wrote, “The great epochs in our lives are at the points when we gain the courage to rebaptize our badness into the best in us.” I dare you to have such courage.

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Let this be a warning to the so-called “powers-that-be” that are unwilling to change. Your entrenched command structures don’t stand a chance against the flexible, horizontal democracy of the streets. Your parochial paradigms cannot withstand our updated primes. Corporations moonlighting as people don’t stand a chance against real people highlighting the dysfunction of the system. Your arborescent mockups are useless against our rhizomatic models.

It’s just a matter of time. The slow, corporate, energy goliaths who have made their billions off the destruction of the planet can’t hold a candle to the fast, decolonizing, hungry Davids seeking to heal the planet. The Gangrene of your Global Finance will not hold up against the natural cure that is the vitality of the Earth Tribe. The suits and ties of your pseudo-gods don’t stand a chance against the feathers and coup-sticks of our usurping eco warriors.
Your cult of “infinite” progress is about to slam head-first into the wall of finite resourcefulness.

We are here to tear open the horizon. We are here to sacrifice all sacred cows. We are here to knock them off their pedestals and feast on their dying corpses. We will ascend through expiation and holistic compassion. Goliath be damned!

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