Monday, April 9, 2012

blog020 Declaration of Commitment

NOTE: My buddy Brad Blanton just wrote me his commitment. I notice that I am committed to Brad's commitment. I wanted to share that with you. My sharing about this allows you to participate in my experience of being connected with others who have a similar commitment. USOB makes for a fun world.

Request for a Commitment:
The Occupy Movement as an Occupation
"There is a war going on between those who believe that the power of information lies in its capacity to be withheld—that information is power if you can keep it to yourself. This is not how it works really. Information is power if you can share it, validate it, vet it, and contribute it to that global awareness that we are all here in the process of creating."
- John Perry Barlow (italics mine. BB)
Being "in the process of creating" applies to individual personal growth as well as social change. The open sharing of information--undoing secrets and lies--is the fundamental source of both personal and political power. Personal growth and activism are parts of the same movement. We start with personal growth and grow to activism.
Here are a few distinctions that mark a trail from personal growth to the creation of a new social order:
Your mind is not your being.
Your performance is not your identity.
Your being notices.
Your mind thinks.
One of the things your mind thinks is that it notices.
Your mind is wrong about that. Your mind is not capable of noticing.
Your mind makes clang associations between current and past events, makes comparisons and pretends the resulting conclusions are real. Interpretations can be useful, but when presented as reality this is phony information that can cost you your life. Your mind lies to you and others about this all the time. Belief is not perception.
Fundamentalists of all religions attempt to have judgments based on interpretations be more important than experience. Noticing actual experience becomes secondary to maintaining belief. This is a mistake with terribly deadly consequences over the last 5400 years of civilization and is getting worse as we speak. Each minute civilization ages, fundamentalist belief-in-belief mind frames about religion and money threaten human extinction.
Your mind is also incorrect about who you are. Your mind thinks that who you are is the sum total of your performances and how well you have performed. If you buy that, and identify yourself as the sum and judged quality of your performances, your chance for personal happiness is completely ruined, along with hope for human survival.
Your mind was formed in a culture--the Western Alliance Christian Kapitalist Korporate Kleptomaniac Oligarchy (WACKKKO!). Your culture is insane.
You can pause in the chaos of today's modern world, renew and restore your creative focus on your own life and make your presence a gift and example to others. Your capacity to identify yourself as a present tense noticing being can change your delusional reactive life to a creative life--one that helps people instead of depriving and killing people for illusory selfish gain. Being grounded in the present, related to gravity and other people in the simplest way, changes everything. Then, as your friends discover the same wisdom you and they become artists in affiliation with each other. Then we can destroy the dysfunctional systems that support the antiquated ways of identifying ourselves and build institutions that nourish our more grounded compassionate honest identity as beings with minds, rather than minds dominating beings!
Those of us who relate to each other and to others with compassion can win out. We don't need all these cops and soldiers and wars if we are no longer obeying the old bullshit hierarchy of belief. The ongoing open revelation of what is actually so, radical honesty, is how empathy gets stronger in you and in the world at the same time. It is also a possible voluntary choice for life. We invite you to join us. We are building a world wide anti-cult cult!
Give us your name and email address and what city you live in or near and some money. We would like $5 a month or $50 a year or $200 for a lifetime membership. However, your membership fee is whatever you can pay. If you don't have any money then don't pay anything and just sign up and you are a member. If you have a little give a little. If you have a lot, give a lot. Just join and pay what you can. We expect USOB's to be honest!
(If you pay the two hundred you get a nice t-shirt that says: "I DON'T NEED SEX. A GIANT CORPORATION FUCKS ME EVERY DAY!") Let's build our membership until we are the world. We can occupy everything and never give it back!

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Upcoming tour stops
Meet-up in Chicago
Thursday, April 12, 2012 from 6:00pm – 8:30pm
Uncommon Ground
3800 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL USA 60613, 773.929.3680
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Meet-up in Boca Raton
Wednesday, April 18, 2012 from 7:00pm – 9:30pm
The Center for Spiritual Living (A Science of Mind Center)
2 SW 12th Avenue, Boca Raton, FL 33486
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Meet-up in Denver
Sunday, April 22, 2012 from 2:00pm – 4:30pm (potluck beforehand, at 1:00pm)
First Unitarian Society of Denver
1400 Lafayette St, Denver, CO 80218, (303) 831-7113
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Meet-up in Oakland
Monday, April 30, 2012 from 7:00 - 9:30pm
Taber Shadburne Residence
1550 5th St., Oakland, CA 94607
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