As some of my fellow humans are Occupying various streets around the nation, I’ve begun to wonder what would happen if we all simply chose not to play anymore.
Although I understand the media appeal of protesting and marching, I’ve always been more of an active and self-centered activist at heart. My oil bill got too expensive? I switched to all wood. My food got adulterated with HFCS, corn-fed meat, pesticides and genetically modified crops? I built a farm. Television became a form of sedentary control by corporate America? I cancelled my satellite service. Big Brother can watch my every move through my cell phone? Sorry, don’t have one. My bank wants to charge me even more money to use their services? I’ll move my money elsewhere. Still, there are parts of the system I haven’t been able to break away from yet. In order to have adequate and equitable healthcare, either the government that I keep trying to elect has to buy into it, or We the People have to take it over. In order for some people to break away from the downward spiral, they’d have to get out from under their mortgages. Employers will have to realize they have to pay their employees equitable wages. Our economy will have to stop being based on what we “consumers” buy. We have to educate our people. We have to feed them good food and give them good lives.
Or else, Corporate America, the people will rise up against you. And whether you like it or not, Corporate America, we outnumber you. You may control fifty percent of the wealth. But we control the other fifty percent. And if we don’t play anymore, you won’t control us, either.
Can’t afford to pay your bills and still put food on the table? What if everyone stopped paying their mortgages? What if everyone stopped paying their hospital bills? What if everyone stopped paying back their student loans? If every one of us did it the system would be hard pressed to collect it all. This is self-centered active activism at its heart.
Come on America. Vote with your feet. Come join us. Boycott the Corporations. Let’s pool our resources. We’re too big to fail. We’re the 99%.