Dear Mr. Eisenhower…

June 1, 2008

I like to believe that people in the long run are going to do more to promote peace than our governments. Indeed, I think that people want peace so much that one of these days governments had better get out of the way and let them have it.

For as long as I can remember; it seems, after college all I’ve been thinking about is how unfortunate it is that the world is greedy. That people need to own, that people need to possess. As if, without the idea of having something that is yours and yours only (as if information in book, music or DVD form) cannot and will not be shared with others. Which is actually something I just thought of, and thus I need to sit with it. But for the past two months or so, I’ve been wondering, what’s so wrong with sharing?
The thing that allows greed and possession and “selfishism” is the government. Without the government, we wouldn’t need money, and thus we wouldn’t need possessions. We wouldn’t need jobs we all don’t like, we wouldn’t need things to make us happy. Or, at least, momentarily allow us to forget that work is tomorrow (I am writing this on a Sunday evening as well…)
So yesterday I’m out burning my $4+ gasoline, driving aimlessly cause I’m feeling less and less excited about going to the mall and hanging out in book stores. And I hear the above quote on the radio, right after hearing a story about the lyrics to “Give Peace A Chance” being sold. And I found it true. That, the individual will start a movement, and the movement will start a change.
The government will not start a change, in fact, the government will only add to the desire to “be in the right”. If the government didn’t want to be right, there wouldn’t be wars. So, the people will indeed do more for peace than the government. And, “attentivism” aside, along with gift economies and the Economy of the Iroquois, I think that one day, people will learn to trust each other more than authority.

Happy June…

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