On transience, defection and renunciation
Aug 30, 2010
The acorns are abundant and thud on the roof day and night now. I haven't been here long enough to know if this is a mast year. Virginia is so humid and fecund compared to the arid near desert of Denver. Grasshoppers and wasps visit my office briefly before I shoo them out.
When people ask me where I'm from, I don't know how to answer. I've given up permanent residence and have been staying in Virginia with Brad Blanton for a while. It is beautiful here and I've talked about getting a shipping container house or tiny house and giving myself more illusion of permanence to my transience.
I log in to the bank accounts once a day to look at my money and track what I spend. I consider the numbers on my monitor and turn away to see the acorns littering the porch. My net worth is on the order of $2500-$3000 as of this time, about half of that "liquid" which is to say, split between a couple bank accounts. I'm less sure how many acorns I might have. I don't own much anymore and am happier for it. There are a few things I still need but am considering a future life without money altogether. Can I do this and still work to create money for others? How?
I consider the circumstances of my birth and at a point, consider rejecting all privileges of identity and affiliating myself universally. There is a process by which one can renounce U.S. Citizenship that is called renunciation. There is a similar process with the Catholic Church called defection. I think it is funny that defecting sounds like a political act while renouncing sounds religious.
The truth is I have already blasphemed God, Gold and Glory. I have done so publicly and privately. If we are a Christian nation, then as a non-believer I'm a non-citizen. So be it.
Supporters of Sarah Palin have been spotted wearing a shirt that bears her name and the words "Babies, Guns, Jesus". This from the same woman who tweets "Don't Retreat - Instead RELOAD!" I have to wonder what Bible she's been reading.
I reject American exceptionalism. I reject the McMansion and Sprawlmart. I reject a service-based economy.
And I have a kind of faith in human exceptionalism. So I remain an atheist who prays and anarchist who votes. For now. It seems much further direct action on these matters is symbolic only and likely to cause grief.
Nov 20, 2010
A clear theme has emerged. At the core it is anti-authoritarian. I reject spiritual authority, political authority and economic authority alike. This is not exactly libertarianism but not far from it either.
The core idea is one of freedom and responsibility. There is a paradox to our lives that doesn't get acknowledged often enough. We need each other, and our dependency becomes a weakness. The only proper final goal of government is to render itself obsolete by producing a populace capable of true self-governance.
I'm a bit enamored of the process described by Human Threshold Systems of our individuation driving a need for community driving a need for further individuation.
Dec 12, 2010
How do I know we aren't a Christian nation? It is really simple. We don't love our enemies yet. Martin Luther King in 1953: We live in an age when it is almost heresy to affirm the brotherhood of man.
I am a proud heretic and blasphemer of all creeds. I stand with the other traitors to empire in alliance with the brotherhood and sisterhood of all humanity, forever preaching the dogma of no dogma.
Insecure societies are the most intolerant of those who are non-joiners. They are so unsure of the validity of their game rules, that they say "Everyone must play". Now that's a double bind. You can't say to a person: "You must play". Because what you are saying is that you are required to do something that will be acceptable only if you do it voluntarily.
So "everyone must play" is the rule in the United States.
- Alan Watts
December 12, 2010