My intent, and your invitation:

 


I am a free citizen of the United States, born in the same city as this nation. Despite my best efforts to abandon you, I am sensitive to the signals of our species' accelerated degradation.


Though I am a high-school dropout and violent felon, I am a messenger.


My intent is to

-deconstruct the archaic legal funhouse which the 3 branches of government call home field 

-to invalidate the United States’ claims their activities around the globe serve democracy

-to disrobe the emperors whilst disbarring the legislative branch and shouldering the entirety of the blame and none of the credit


The final result desired is to eject the corporate oligarchs from their thrones of blood and gold, to remove all military personnel from foreign countries, and format municipalities which bear no resemblance to the machine which we know today.


In this declaration, I wield the vocabulary of the masters of mankind whilst appealing to the remaining 99% of the population. This is a declaration of interdependence upon the stewards of civility and the custodians of our planet. I need your input, my fellow citizen. Not solely to take the power back, which is our right. Your presence and attention are requested in order to maintain the fragile ecosystem we contribute to. 

  

The eco-system of human civility. 


 Far more fragile and younger than the earth, the applied practice of civility asks for appropriate measures of critical thinking, empathy, and shared responsibility. Institutions, with all their reach and financing and experience in manipulating their populace, are incapable of bringing the society as a whole to an enlightened state through orders and directives.  


Institutions and governments can enforce behavioral code retroactively, and without your consent: you were accused of stealing from your employer, you face charges in court. 


This is a common and valid example of penal code enforcement. The consequence did not deter the suspect. Institutions and penal codes may effect your behavior if you allow them access to your frequency.


In accepting the stated intent of an institution, the citizen becomes aware of the parameters. The parameters which define the role and reach of a governing body.


Fellow citizen, you need not accept those parameters as your own. 

The governing body in this country has grown into a Babylonian Leviathan with no accountability for the litigators’ and speculators’ highest crimes, yet a network of prisons spans this gorgeous continent and houses those deprived of liberty through a judicial process that does not apply to those in the ruling class.


Is there a single world which exists to illustrate this fallacy of a charade? Neither ‘fallacy’ or ‘charade’ will serve here. Invalid, unjust, illegitimate, cruel and unusual: all words which accurately describe the practices and the practitioners, yet fail to propel the individual toward their civic responsibility. In as few words as I can, I aim to inspire and mobilize you toward interaction with the citizens you find standing in opposition to your own ideals.  

 

I intend to do this all without a firearm or a blade. The tools of sustenance and the mechanism I use to exercise domain over animals is useless here. The role of a firearm in my life: protect the family sphere (we have no kids), turn wilderness into nourishment (I do not hunt), and not to serve an offensive for personal gain )I don’t rob people).


I was trained to use a firearm properly, giving me a respect for the tool and a glimpse of it’s devastating potentiality. Though I can still find sight alignment and sight picture quick off the draw, I prefer a pen. 


The responsibility of those who march in struggle is often to produce documents or manuscripts which serve as touchstones for future civil discourse. Warfare has shaped this world and the story of it’s people by degrading our species and imposing the penalties which plague society upon payment of war debts. Bullets and bombs do not provide the solutions I seek, for if they did, the War To End All Wars would have ended all wars.


My choice to not arm myself does not indicate any position in any argument.  The ways in which I am strong and weak are clear and pronounced. The choice to remain unarmed is informed by the reality of my daily life, in which I do not feel the requirement is there. 


 With my pen, my aim is just as true, though my caliber may be less impressive. If you will not kill in the name of greed or expansion, i will stand on one leg to preserve the right to self armament, which you exercise with enthusiasm and reverence. For I am your neighbor, and you are a custodian of this planet. I am a steward of civility and you are my neighbor. Please break bread with me, for I will need food in my belly in efforts to dismantle the circus on the hill.


Will Hicks

5 August 2018

 

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United By A Common Goal

 

The governing body in this country has grown into a Babylonian Leviathan with no accountability for the litigators’ and speculators’ highest crimes, yet a network of prisons spans this gorgeous continent and houses those deprived of liberty through a judicial process that does not apply to those in the ruling class.

Is there a single world which exists to illustrate this fallacy of a charade? Neither ‘fallacy’ or ‘charade’ will serve here. Invalid, unjust, illegitimate, cruel and unusual: all words which accurately describe the practices and the practitioners, yet fail to propel the individual toward their civic responsibility. In as few words as I can, I aim to inspire and mobilize you toward interaction with the citizens you find standing in opposition to your own ideals.  

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The responsibility of the steward

 

The cooperative approach to civil resolution does not pass through or come from a governing body. Though irregular and innocuous, these moments are bridges to the promised land. Civil stewardship is you and I sharing space, time, and custom in an attempt to develop and understanding which may foster trust, which may create space for collaboration/compromise, which can lay the tracks for personal and cultural growth, which may reveal a legitimate path to civility which we are foolish to ignore.

It appears insurmountable to me, this proposal that I scripted. The daily work to end violent interactions between states by reducing our dependence on the state, and revising the scope and reach of the state itself. When viewed as a series of objectives, our travels will take us into a labyrinth with trap doors, bi-cameral hostility, and funhouse mirrors for the people who disregard the critical thinking approach to resolution.  

Unify without institutions

The person across the aisle from you is not your enemy, nor are they your burden, or a disruption to the natural order of things. They are a citizen, a custodian, and a compadre, just as i am. This planet we share is big enough for all of us, and the conflicts which feuding neighbors can not resolve may retard growth of the individual and the nation. There are no painless, effortless alliances waiting on the other side of the fence. To approach someone and ask for a moment of their time and then the attention of their soul is heavy lifting. Building a new understanding requires coordinated efforts, courage, transparency, and adaptability. Taking to the hill to affect change is just as involved. Working to resolve civil issues is a practice the citizen builds through their own lens. Which they may calibrate with their own tools, if capable. I can not ask you to hear a call to duty, yet i may help you seek and destroy the ideas, practices, and rhetoric you have become ensnared in

Resist, reconstitute, recalibrate

 

The right moment to strike and maneuver toward the objective is a moving target itself, and a high state of readiness is required to spot such an opening. 


When you pass through the gates and you have entered the game, there will be a defense to greet you. The opponents of democracy will occupy their standard defensive posture, that is to say, mobilizing the lawyers and comforting the financiers.  



But wait, there is more! 


The least impeded route to this achievement is paved by our consistent applications of the preparatory measures (respectful, spontaneous interactions with opposition) thus maintaining a level of preparedness which steadies us as we insert ourselves into the grimy machinations in the bowels of the city on the hill. 



Yes, renegades, we owe it to the people we will never meet, whom may see the mountaintop many generations from now, to engage our counterparts with tact, forethought, and respect for the interaction. It may be unreasonable to ask anyone to respect their counterpart’s position, yet the portal to the bridge to the promised land remains inaccessible until we develop our game through tactful, respectful dust-ups with other people’s ideas


I can not ask you to play their rigged game, where there are no culpable victors and clan-like alliances share financial interests with the stated enemy; however, I must state that the act of fragmenting your arguments and then revisiting your position from all possible angles fosters confidence when the opposition moves to invalidate your argument, discredit you, or label you in a toxic manner. Be steadfast to the course of armistice and comforted by the prospect of true liberty and equality that we can build, maintain, and distribute without executive signatures, judicial miasma, or legislation. 


For this, I march forward, sideways, backward, and through fields of fire to secure the objective. Humanity has an opportunity to actualize itself when the barricades fall. Without demolishing a single building or depriving this world of a life through hostility, we can unshackle ourselves and mobilize. 


Once mobilized, we commune/collaborate/converse and share. I do not require a governing body with an armed security force to mediate our interactions. Any indications that this situation is becoming non-reciprocal do not result in sanctions or tariffs. 


-I will not force you to engage in a thankless, exhausting pursuit to end the barricade to direct democracy

-You owe me nothing and I owe you nothing, though we are aligned as the enemies of our true enemies


Over time, these objectives we have secured serve as flagstones in collaborative efforts with neighbors. 


From this point, we appeal directly to the shared interests. Build what you can build at that juncture, with the tools, crew, and material you have. You are a contributor to a form of light this population has yet to warm itself in.       


As you expose yourself to the opposition and their reasons for maintaining certain positions which you find incomprehensible, warm yourself by the light and heat of your commitment, as you shine for the good of the butcher, the baker and the even the speculator. 


Consistently refresh your personal constitution by revisiting the foundation of your beliefs through the lens of age and wisdom.  







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