Ronin of the Spirit

Because reality is beautiful.

A better system.

So, I’ve been really blue the last couple weeks. I’d forgot as I occasionally do, my point and purpose. I bought the lie. I am not here to make more money. I am not here to pad my ass. I am not here please the people who hired me.

I am here for one purpose, and one purpose alone: to start a fight. There is a world of injustice out there. Some of it caused by individual persons. There is nothing is I can do about that. Some of it is systematic and I can make a better system. I am here to fight a system that keeps us divided.

I quit working on that goal for a while. I forgot that and started working for the system instead of against it. I started studying things other people care about, instead of the things I care about. When I did study the things I love, I felt guilty for not studying the shit that matters to other people. I started to look differently at my car, which should have been a huge red flag to me. Part of my system is “You are not what you drive.”

So I am writing tonight the things I must remember. I must put myself on the right track again.

I am here to start a fight. I fight the idea that you are what you buy. I am here to fight the idea that problems aren’t fixable. I am here to fight the idea that someone else can tell you what makes you happy. I am here to fight the idea that others know what is best for you better than you do. I am here to fight for my rights. I am here to make a better system. I am here to find a better way to get to the better way.

As I find the desire to fight again I find my peace again. I find the place in my heart where injustice should be fought, not expected. I start looking at suffering and the stupid, and I say it’s not OK. I find my voice again in Niemöller’s poem.

First they came for the Communists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Communist
First they came for the Socialist
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Socialist
First they came for the trade unionists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a trade unionist
First they came for the Jews
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Jew
Then they came for me
And there was no one left
To speak out for me

I will not be silent. Even if I cannot reverse the tide, I will not sell out to it.

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April 7, 2009 - Posted by | atheism, Christianity, Government, Politics, Religion, Self discovery, skepticism, Uncategorized

4 Comments »

  1. In this we are the same: fighting the superficial world system — money, status, who’s “the best.” Although what motivates us is different, I urge you to continue fighting, especially the idea that someone else can tell you what makes you happy. Isn’t that what drives the advertising industry, that has gotten us into this awful greedy mess?

    Comment by annaldavis | April 7, 2009 | Reply

  2. I hear you, and agree in most aspects, but are all people able to make right decisions? Should the government intervien when people do not make the “right” decisions?

    Comment by correctmyreligion | April 7, 2009 | Reply

  3. I would say not so much the ad industry as people not being trained to question unsupported claims. There is nothing wrong with a company getting the word out that they make something. The problem is people aren’t trained as kids to think “Hey wait, why is that true?”

    re: correctmyreligion, I’m not sure I follow. Could you be a bit more specific about what you are asking?

    Comment by truthwalker | April 7, 2009 | Reply

  4. This one got me all choked up. In a good way…

    Thank you.

    Comment by Lottie | April 11, 2009 | Reply


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