We didn’t used to need someone to tell us what needed to be done. We looked around. A neighbor needed a new barn, we showed up to raise that barn. We didn’t wait for permission, we didn’t look to a county permit regulator to say it was all okay. Those houses and barns built 200 years ago with no reference to the 20-volume building code are still standing, too. Why are we waiting for permission to do some good in our communities?
In this country, I am sure there are enough men and women who are currently out of work with the know-how to solve the water problem in Flint. Or to deal with this lady’s problem with sewer water bubbling up in her back yard. Or to take down the crumbling houses in Detroit and use the lumber and other materials from a structurally unsound building on one block to keep the elderly lady in the next block in a house that is structurally sound.
This need for permission is a relatively new thing to the American character, and you can’t tell me it isn’t related to our ability to distract ourselves to death with TV, video games, and internet. Now the only people who claim the American contrarian streak use the attitude to justify littering, illiteracy, truancy, peeing in public, and coal rolling…
This guy talks about starting a deconstruction business. Know some out of work people? Do you have a hammer, a crowbar, and a truck between you? Perfect. Start with a crumbling eyesore of a crack house, end with a lot your city can turn into a community garden.
If you really want the elites of the world – the Walmarts and the Politicians that do their bidding – stop needing them. Stop waiting for them to tell you what matters. Stop consuming their endless stream of distraction which is purposefully designed to make you fearful because fearful people are 1) easily led and 2) easily manipulated out of their money. You don’t have to turn into a prepper or a granola-crunchy tree-hugger. Look to your grandparents and great grandparents. They grew their own food, they canned their own produce to see them through winter, they helped their neighbors and made sure the vulnerable in their community had some place to sleep. They looked around and did what needed to be done simply because it was there to do. That’s in your bones. You don’t need a job to have a purpose. You do need to step away from the couch and get reacquainted with your community in a way that doesn’t require facebook.
*Standard Disclaimer: I don’t mean make America white again, I mean make America great/constructive/kind/alive/connected/grounded/proactive/independent again.