Thursday, March 10, 2011

It's Getting Very Strange Out There

The title seemed natural to me, until I thought about it. "Out There"? As opposed to "In Here" where I live my daily life. I just reflected on the implications about spending so much of my time "out there," where I try to stay somewhat abreast of our rapidly unfolding crisis. I spend so much time "there," that I tend to forget that most people don't. (The irony, of course, is that my way "out there" is mostly through the portal of an internet connection.)

Even though we're in a great awakening, most of the people I run into outside of my activist circles aren't talking about it. That has to change. We really need a national conversation about how we got here, where we need to go, and how to get there.

We need to shift people's attention enough to get them actively engaged in the conversation. To be sure, we're distracted by a smorgasbord of bread, circuses, continual wars and fears of terror. So it is imperative that those of us who are sociopolitical entrepreneurs to become intentional about the idea that we are, indeed, about shifting attention.

We're not just presenting facts. We need to shift attention. We need to challenge, break and shift old cognitive structures. We need to help them start some creative thinking about solving our situation.

To some degree, certainly more than we would like to believe, we're living in a trance. The more reflective a person is, and the more he understands the power of the social structures that inform our daily lives, the more freedom he can exercise. The decision to do so is the "red pill" that begins one's liberation from the "matrix."

So I've been experimenting on Facebook. I've taken several webinars recently that point out that Facebook is now the "hot" place to market, that it gets more usage per day than Google. The movie about its founding, The Social Network, won the Academy Award, generating even more interest. Moreover, and more importantly, the instigators of many of the social movements in the Middle East extensively used Facebook and Twitter. So I started Facebooking several weeks ago.

While I do a little bit of purely socially "nice" things, for the most part I try to inject ideas into the conversation. Sometimes I share important news stories or articles, along with a sentence of two of commentary or a provocative question. Often I will leap into someone else's posting and do the same. A little bit of instigation here, some subversion there.

One of the first things you learn when running for office, or for just plain old marketing, is to hunt where the ducks are. Focus your attention and efforts where you want to get results. Simple enough. If your goal is to help make things better, it makes sense to go where you can have a conversation with many people, and do it efficiently.

If oil goes to $200 a barrel as Lindsey Williams is predicting, people will probably be staying home more. And maybe dumping the TV for a national conversation. No doubt, we need it.

I've had some adventures. Being a Liberty person, I don't spend a lot of time around Progressives. Most seem to be rather nice, but their worldview doesn't seem to hold individual liberty, property rights, and free enterprise as important values. When I ventured into a few conversations that largely included people I presumed are "progressive," I was astounded at their lack of intellectual acumen and honesty. I heard many of the same kinds of pithy, sarcastic, ill-informed remarks I had come to expect from many NeoConservatives.

Any way, I've posted a number of good things on Facebook that would actually be nice to include on a blog. That might be a more congenial format, giving me the ability to share what I find, without the pressure to produce some kind of essay. So that's what I'm going to try for awhile and see if that works. If I can get in the habit of it, I might post several times a week, as time permits.

There is no end of important things to share. We have so many life-changing possibilities it seems to take increasing amounts of courage to even look at them. So many factors could produce doomsday scenarios that it is often hard to keep the optimism that we can turn this thing around. The Hundredth Monkey phenomenon indicates that we can quickly hit a tipping point of consciousness. We never know what will provide the impetus for the final push, or when it will happen. Indeed, in a larger historical scale of things, it could well be that the tipping point was crossed last November.

I was going to share some of those links and comments, but I've been told people might like shorter postings. So I'll start with the next one!

In the meantime, consider doing your part to shift the national, world, and certainly local, conversation toward acknowledging our crisis and searching for solutions. We are already in the mess. The blades of the fan are chopping up our old state of affairs at breath-taking speed. We have to go through the ordeal. It won't be painless, and we can't do it alone.

Our refuge from this storm will be our families, friends and neighbors. We need to build our relationships in all those areas, because the artificial substitutes for community provided by the Feral and State Governments are collapsing. Governments are broke, and the Dollar will die, probably much sooner and more quickly that we can imagine. We will hit the re-set button. We'll need to work together to re-establish America on the principles of Freedom envisioned by the Founders.

The PTB Globalists and their minions have different ends for us in mind that we would want. So we need to engage in this conversation in self-defense. If you haven't started Facebooking, or if you've only been doing it for purely social reasons, try going a little deeper. You'll be surprised who starts responding.

And if you want to see what I'm posting as I pick it up, be sure to friend me!


Anonymous said...

One can support the 'counter-culture' of liberty especially videos, movies and old fashioned novels. It's where the leverage is.
~ D. Frank Robinson from Facebook.

Sandra Crosnoe said...

on facebook

here is a link to find porter:

here is how to find me

links embedded in the post would help guide people to your profile on facebook

you might want to consider a permanent link in your sidebar also

Anonymous said...

Sorry! The last Great Awakening ended about 1984. We are entering a Fourth Turning Crisis era.

Brace your self. Crisis will cause the conformist culture to return with a vengeance. Social networks will become vehicles of conformism rather than vehicles of individuality as they have been since the Internet entered every household.

Read The Fourth Turning by Strauss & Howe. Nothing we are experiencing is new. It's all happened before.

Porter Haskell Davis said...

I read The Fourth Turning about 10 years ago. It is very good, and a guide to what's happening. While the cycles make a lot of sense, that's all they are: patterns discerned by looking back. Nothing is set in stone.

What is new today, and is a "great awakening," is the unprecedented phenomenon of people waking up worldwide as the Ruling Elites lose control of information. The same technology they want to use for control, we are using for liberation. The outcome is uncertain.

victor said...

With so many flocks of maleficent Black Swans circling the globe and touching down here and there with ever more frequency, one wonders when (THE Big Question - a few weeks or a few years?) they will all descend near simultaneously on our increasingly fragmenting country. Those Christians holding to the "Beam me up,Jesus" eschatology are likely to be much surprised and unready, methinks.

If Strauss & Howe and Kondratieff are right, we are overdue.