In a world where paying billions for weapons and state of the art technology to kill is more important than providing houses, food, water, medical assistance, proper quality education and environmental conditions, where voting for a contestant in a TV show is the closest form of direct democracy that exists, where our governments are in fact a mafia of a few that have taken over the world, we cannot trust any longer that ‘asking for change’ or ‘voting for change’ will do the trick of re-establishing any form of dignity that we believe we once had, which is also doubtful considering that if such principle of self determination genuinely existed, we would not be existing with structures that have benefited a few and not everyone.
We tend to individualize issues in our societies like bad wages, women’s rights, immigration issues, anti-war, environmental or anti-government movements, racism, consumerism and this is a limited way of looking at the problem, because we tend to miss the set of relationships, beliefs and ways to consider one another that have created this divided and conquered mentality, because the problem is not the lack of animal rights, or environmental rights, or indigenous people’s rights – but it is about understanding how it is that all relationships that enable our lives as they exist now have been violated through and by the power we’ve all given and endowed to money itself. Therefore, in a globalized reality, we require global solutions as well, and by global it is the actual consideration of ourselves as human beings above nationalities, races, creeds, genres, political or corporate affiliations, because in the end any solution must consider the impact It will have upon everyone’s living right in it, including those that we have also ‘blamed’ for being the cause of the problem and those that we have mostly abused as ‘fuel’ to power up our lives, such as nature, the animals.
The Living Income Guaranteed by the Equal Life Foundation is not only an advocacy group for the provision of a basic income or a living income for those that previously had no money in order to live in dignity, but it is in fact a democratic movement that has in its core intent the realization that we, the people, the individuals are the ones that will create this change – it’s not about asking, it’s not about fearing politics or moving people ‘off the grid,’ but actually realizing how we have held ourselves hostages by our own will through abdicating our responsibility to take care of our own matters, our own lives, to work together by principles that enable supportive structures and not by survival-mechanisms where we learn how to fear one another. Therefore, it is about realizing that we all hold the actual power to change things which is a common sentence, however it is the shortest way to say that change won’t come only through a petition done to the already existent and established governments, nor demanding that we simply can ‘wake up’ – it implies the fundamental change that we require to consider that LIFE can be different if we start taking responsibility for the problems that are most immediate and that affect us all. The lack of money is certainly the first and most usual problem in our lives, however it is also the lack of empathy and support toward one another which has then created the nature of the economic system as it is: we’ve valued the illusion of power and being able to have ‘more than others’ as more than life itself.
Change at a world system level can only be legitimized by collective agreements, and so politics is the set of ways in which we choose to direct each others’ lives. If we have a look, by abhorring politics we’re implying the decision that we don’t want to take actually direct our lives. That’s how a real movement for change is political in nature: looking at all the aspects of the problem to understand How we have created it and so how we can begin to solve it at an individual and collective level. If we know the problem, we can know the solution and so we can join to present these solutions and create political parties where we can place these solutions as an option to vote on in a democratic exercise where Voting means we all commit to live out the necessary changes, alignments, considerations that can ensure the implementation of these changes, where we can also begin learning how to respect and honor each other, not only through providing money as our Right to Life, but also as human beings that coexist in the same world where everyone’s interest should be our own as well. We can only now begin to understand the reason why we are where we are and how we are now: we live in a world where we’ve accepted that everyone wants to win above the other, use another for personal gain, have more than everyone else as a form of being superior – without realizing that when such mentality takes over: we are already giving one step back into the old ways which is how we brought us to the problem in the first place.
Therefore, there’s much more to learn beyond making decisions, it is about also how to live the decisions and working on what we decide to take responsibility for and do it the best way possible – no matter if you are a student, a mother, a father, a son, a teacher, a sports person, a business owner, a traveler, an artist, an engineer, a cleaner, an entrepreneur: we all have the ability to think what we would like our lives to be, and so realize that living life the best way possible should not be a dream or a wishful thinking process – it is about being able to first get to know how the system currently operates and so understand that each one of us in our every day relationships make up the nature and characteristics of the system as it is that we usually only complain about. From there we can realize that implementing solutions will imply making alignments in the system and so at the same time making alignments within ourselves too, developing empathy, regard, respect and honor toward oneself and another.
One example is considering that with the provision of money to those that previously had been oppressed, marginalized and quieted down in our societies, they will then also have to be supported to be informed participants in the construction of a democratic society for the first time. Never before have we seen and realized that it is ourselves, the majority, the collectivity that will empower those that have been deliberately left out of the equation; so it is our responsibility to equally empower them not only with giving them money, but with the much needed education about how we have created the system as a structure that has ‘left them out,’ so that we can ensure we don’t ever leave them behind again. Who else would better know the problems that the we have generated through our current rigged system but those whose lives have been systematically oppressed, denied, disrespected and denigrated within the fallacy of money being above and more important than life? And so, who will we become once we no longer have to fear each other? once we no longer have to fight against one another for survival? That’s yet to be lived.
With giving to one another the recognition of being alive through the provision of a Living Income also comes the responsibility of learning how to most effectively make decisions and create solutions that can benefit each other’s lives in turn – this is not taught in schools yet, and so a lot of common sense development will be required where we can begin changing the way we relate to ourselves, seeing and understanding how and why we compete toward one another, how we blame some for the problems in the world, how we worry and get preoccupied about the state of the world without occupying ourselves to structure, propose and implement any way of correcting ‘the ways of the system’ to stop the abuse and so walk the actual change.
It’s time to consider that giving money is giving the right to life within our current system structure, but this also comes with the responsibility of equally empowering each other through the way we treat each other and through the living principles and values to learn how to give to another as we would like to receive, how to work together instead of fighting each other to survive. This is part of the fundamental realizations that I’ve had when it comes to seeing the potential for change in this world: one aspect comes with the liberation of each other at a systematic level, but with this also comes the responsibility to learn how to best reflect, act and speak in consideration of what I see is best for myself and others as well – and so this is also implied within the promotion of the implementation of the Living Income Guaranteed system, an economic, political and social suggested model where with the provision of money as a right to life comes the ability to have more time to learn how we created this chronic crisis and how it is that ourselves at an individual level have co-created the current problem we’re existing in.
The actual empowerment comes with the realization of the responsibility we have toward ourselves as individuals also extends to the responsibility of how we live among each other – this is why it is relevant to understand all the aspects that have forged our lives the way it is, from the greed-driven economic systems and impositions to the political structures we’ve voted on, the riddles implied in our laws to reduce us to slaves by consent, the fallacies of our education systems, the dumbification of our intellect through media and entertainment, the pain-killer effects of belief systems, the divide and conquer power of cultural identities, the supremacist ideologies through national boundaries, the participation in forging our environmental decay, the throttling we’ve imposed onto nature and the animal kingdom, the profit-driven production of our living needs, the humiliating working conditions, the criminalization of poverty, the pathologies of our current family structures, the mental illnesses that have stemmed from living in a dog eat dog world and how we participate in our everyday relationships with one another, because all of these aspects are in fact influenced by money .
And so, through no longer coexisting in a constant threat of having no money tomorrow, a remarkable opportunity for a new and never before existent human nature will emerge, and it is our duty, our responsibility to ensure that granting each other the money to live and upgrading our living conditions, will also generate the availability of time to start learning the necessary for changing at an individual level once that we don’t spend over a third of our day at work but instead use our will to recognize the responsibility to also do our part in solving the problems that we have left slip through our hands and evolve into the current prison-planet that we’re living in, where we’ve even become enamored with our own imprisonment by praising the wealth that a minority has and desiring it as if it was a triumphant thing to obtain in this life – it is not, we’ve missed the meaning of Life all the way, and so it’s time to implement it here for the first time.
It’s time to wake up, it’s time to realize that becoming political as in becoming involved to become the change where we can join forces to promote this new way of conceiving life and reality with a set of eyes that want to support life, not greed or illusions of power structures. The Living Income Guaranteed is a democratic and political movement at a global and grassroots level where ordinary people are proposing a way to empower each other through providing financial support to every individual to live in dignity, along with the information and education necessary to never again repeat the words, the behaviors, the complacency, the irresponsibility that we have used as an excuse to not see that the crimes against life have been committed by all of us as well – there’s no need to blame to a few, we’re all here, therefore we all take part in the solutions as this is the only way out of the tunnel vision survival-reality we’ve lived through until now, the key is to support one another the way that we want support to be given to us as a guaranteed right as well.
Join us if you agree that change must happen within ourselves as well, let’s change the way we relate to one another and so, change the world.
- Read the Living Income Guaranteed Proposal to find out what it implies and how it can be financed
- Read the Equal Life Foundation’s Bill of Rights: Our right to life can only be assured with money, and our Bill of Rights has a direct way to be financed with the provision of a Living Income.
- Watch our Equal Life’s Fundamental Human Rights presentation and share it around
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