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More Ways to Prepare: c31123 bulletin on the Revolution

One unfortunately is almost forced to speak in negatives when dealing with advice of this sort. Any talk of revolution and struggle readily ensnares one in myriad interconnected tangles of moral consequence.The best way to prepare is to realize the struggle is a struggle.

The struggle is not any sort of Us v. Them scenario. There is no Them.

There is only Us. Opposition becomes a mutual definition, and if there is some sort of evil thing that one struggles with, this thing becomes part of the identity of one’s self. ‘I am an anti-fascist.’ This statement, while easily agreeable, holds the utterer in thrall to the power of fascism.

Moreover, thoughts of opposition imply the very real (or practical, or utilitarian, or just, or another, any other, valuation) actions of violence. And if one is in opposition to a thing such as a political and governmental system, or corrupt corporate police states, or the monetary system, or an oppressive dictatorship, there is a very good likelihood one will not only be witness or victim to violence, but also an active participant.

This struggle cannot be won in this way.

This way only installs more systems which stifle freedoms. This way only creates more struggle for more people, it only perpetuates the modes which oppress. The only weapon one can carry is love.

The struggle is not first with others.

In order for one to help others, one must first help one’s self. To be a living weapon of love and freedom, helping to shatter the bondage others find themselves in, one has to have the struggle inside. It is a constant struggle, as all striving endeavors toward perfection, or the Good, or love, are. The revolution must first be inward before it will manifest outward. Hate, Fear, Loathing, Hope, Expectations— any and all must die. There is violence in the struggle, but the violence is only ontological (and must be, as such, if the weapon is love).

The struggle is not defined by those with guns or bombs, or both.Do not trust these people.

They are people, so assuredly there is goodness within them. Assuredly, they have a just cause to wield these things for. But these people are part of the oppressive modes of the civilization, ensuring that this inferior notion of struggle, that uncleanliness and bondage, are perpetuated for the generations.

A person who is playing the Game is not always going to be aware of it.

(or, another way:)

The enemy is not always the enemy.

Which is to say, at an editor’s request, this is a rescue mission.