- Lindsay Newland Bowker
- Stonington, ME
- United States
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Occupy A New Vocabulary:Learning to Speak in the Language of the 99%
In the many global conversations and blogs that are bubbling up like springs of living water we are discovering that our vocabuaryl implies and accepts this division between the 1% and the 99%.
For example we discovered that the word "jobs" perpetuates an old paradigm, the status quo of workers having no say in the means and methods of work; of having no stake in the value of the work product; of people competing for income doing tasks that have no meaning to them. In the new language of the 99% it is "work" not "jobs" we want..work implies collaboration, satisfaction, mutuality.meaningfulness, in community, a stake in the value of what is produced..
We discovered that "sustaianble" is not a high enough standard , a high enough goal. " Sustainable" implies getting by, not upsetting the apple cart. "Thriveable" is the standard for the 99%..that implies a culture that values humanity and serves life, it implies growth and flourishing..
"Demands" implies an acceptance and continuation of control by the 1%,..but what would we call the opposite, enaged civic action" "collaborative democracy"?
When Buckminster Fuller went into his two years of silence before beginning his career he said he sought a new vocabulary..that the old vocabularly served to maintain the staus quo. I never understood that part of Buckie but I am beginning to now.
What are some words we use every day in habit that imply an acceptance and continuance of the staus quo..of the 1% controlling and directing?
What are some new vocabulary words that we should make our habit as we learn to think and act and speak as the 99%? That better express what it means to act and speak and think as the 99%?
Closing Statement from Lindsay Newland Bowker
"We now do crown you with the sacred emblem of the deer's antlers, the emblem of your Lordship. You shall now become a mentor of the people of the Five Nations. The thickness of your skin shall be seven spans -- which is to say that you shall be proof against anger, offensive actions and criticism. Your heart shall be filled with peace and good will and your mind filled with a yearning for the welfare of the people of the Confederacy. With endless patience you shall carry out your duty and your firmness shall be tempered with tenderness for your people. Neither anger nor fury shall find lodgement in your mind and all your words and actions shall be marked with calm deliberation. In all of your deliberations in the Confederate Council, in your efforts at law making, in all your official acts, self interest shall be cast into oblivion. Cast not over your shoulder behind you the warnings of the nephews and nieces should they chide you for any error or wrong you may do, but return to the way of the Great Law which is just and right. Look and listen for the welfare of the whole people and have always in view not only the present but also the coming generations, even those whose faces are yet beneath the surface of the ground -- the unborn of the future Nation."
Article 28 of the Constitution of the Iroquois Confederacy.
Built Right in.
This particular section is the "oath of office" for the Lords of the Counsel
As most of us no doubt now, that Consititution and its great success in governance of a large population in 5 distinct nations was a model for our Founding Father in the USA.. Reading it now I see they took the procedures alone from the Iroquois..they didn't understand that what made it work was the heart.." the innerstructure".
From "conviviocracy, "gyneocracy"they created "adrocracy", "corporatocracy" "kleptocrcay"
May the Great Spirit sweep us up and take us Home.
Special thanks to Jaime for sitting nder the tree with me.