Framed as subversives, identifying as Activists, has become a liability. Nonviolent dissent gets ignored, or evicted. Thousands of organizations and hundreds of petitions make our narratives redundant, wash out our grievances. Activism is in some big predicament, that paralyse cooperation.
Tons of organisations urge us to unite and resist the 1%, while a counterculture of hippie dippie citizenry is torn between new age online communities of positive posts and likeable, "clickable" quotes, and authors, raising awareness about the bare truths. Fact is, Activism is in some big predicaments, which prevent unity and cooperation. It may may be talking "Cooperation," but it's most definitely walking "Competition."
The universal purpose of why we act, widely framed as “why we fight,” is to relieve what we perceive as a conflict. The purpose of all activism is what we know as “peace.” What unites us is already the purpose of our engagement, hence thought. When we build communities and organizations trying to unite us, trying to merge forces, we deny ourselves the existence of our shared purpose.
Unfortunately, peace is widely perceived as the absence of wars, and hence, only Antiwar-Activism is thought to be promoting "peace." When our governments talk about peace and how they are defending it, they must be obviously talking about something entirely different. Fact is that there is no consensus between us, the people, and our ruling elites.
Wouldn’t all be simpler if we named the struggle for tolerance and acceptance by racial minorities as a conflict? What about the battle for dignified living wages? Isn’t that a conflict? What about access to affordable Education, or Healthcare? Aren’t those “conflicts?” People are literally dying in those conflicts. In recent years, a number (*) of academics and journalists have been listing the many conflicts American citizens have been fighting. They also define them as “wars,” because they are wars. They are waged with lethal weapons (in form of irresponsible, corrupted laws, or by neglect) and because they produce just as many deaths as conventional wars (example: lack of Healthcare).
Despite this overwhelming evidence, the designation “Peace Movement” only applies to Antiwar-organizing. It happens by identification, or by the way independent media defines Antiwar advocates. In our perception, Peace, Peace Process, Pace Movement, have been inextricably glued to wars. This is why Activists are unable to be a unified will, a cohesive force.
The whole Activism, a massive, global movement of movements, for the most part dedicated to the wellbeing of the collective, including Animals, Oceans, Forests, civil Rights, Net Neutrality, Freedom of Dissent, has been made of heroic individuals, sharing the same values, generally moved by the same "concerns," hence by their projected fear. However, they all can’t see themselves for what they are, the almighty Peace Movement, simply because a handful of Antiwar-organizations, in the 1960s-70s have established that Peace Movement, should refer to their specific grievances, wars and nuclear disarmament. Those, represent the eternal struggle for Peace. How about that for a myth?
The English dictionaries say so too. They have all adopted humanity's biggest fallacy, and that is that peace is the absence of wars.
We have changed, and so can you.
Are we the only ones who see the huge predicament here? If you need more evidence that this is a problem, look at how Peace is abused by government. The linguistic usage of the word P.E.A.C.E. in international debate is utterly controlled by governments who claim they wish to bring us peace, but perpetuate wars in the pursuit of whatever they intend by the letter combination spelling the P.E.A.C.E. word.
The almighty Process of Peace, which by all means, should apply to the institution of Activism, is a never ending process of resolution of conflicts aimed at relieving our fears. This far more enlightened vision of Peace Process, might have officially started with Spartacus’, in his struggle for self determination and freedom. But Peace Process, is stuck in our language, in hundreds of tongues, to define the pathetic agreements of mutual non aggression or non nuclear non proliferation between corrupted nations, negotiated by negligent, inept politicians.
If you wish to change that, if you want to build a counter culture to traditional activism, with its dogmas and myths, and protest the use and application of humanity most cherished ideal, call yourself a #repeacer and take the 3 repeace commitments on the front page.
Peace Process, Peace Movement, Peace altogether are far more worthy to be defining social change, the Billions of compassionate individuals and small communities of self reliance and charity based organizations, than the definitions we currently read in English dictionaries.
That is something you can change with Repeace.
Once or twice, you may have read, or heard, how the power of creativity, the power of the free mind, lies in the fact that it can create new ideas, change old realities, and suddenly eradicate predicaments, at any time. If calling yourself an Activist, means identifying as a subversive, rely on an inefficient industry with millions (2.5 actually) organizations to share your concerns, by clicking LIKE and SHARE, or by throwing donations at them, then maybe its time to rebrand Activism itself, shift to identifications and methods that can do better than the current perpetuation of mediocrity.
Now you can gather behind the simple, straightforward, front page agreements, shift to #Repeace, call yourself a #Repeacer, and fix the rift between thousands of competing organizations, and hundreds of issues. Or you can come up with your own solution of efficient social change, but stop calling yourself an Activist... you're neither helping change, nor empowering yourself.
*. list of recent social battles, that have already been framed as "wars."
- ‘Business Elites Are Waging a Brutal Class War in America’ (here)
- The Third World War has long begun - Jean Zigler (here)
- The Washington Post Has Declared War On Peacemakers - Dennis Kucinich (here)
- The Feds Have Turned America Into a War Zone (here)
- The Great American Class War. Plutocracy vs. Democracy - Bill Moyers (here)
- There Is A Real War On Americans (here)
- ‘When Did Americans Become the Enemy?’ (here)
- The Washington Post Has Declared War On Peacemakers(here)
- House and Senate Republicans Have Declared Economic War On Average Americans(here)
- ‘Call it what it is: A class war’(here)