Peter Kropotkin wrote, “The history of human thought recalls the swinging of a pendulum which takes centuries to swing. After a long period of slumber comes a moment of awakening. Then thought frees herself from the chains with which those interested — rulers, lawyers, clerics — have carefully enwound her. She shatters the chains. She subjects to severe criticism all that has been taught her, and lays bare the emptiness of the religious, political, legal, and social prejudices amid which she has vegetated. She starts research in new paths, enriches our knowledge with new discoveries.”
Have you ever noticed with hierarchical authority that the way it typically shakes out is that a minority or small percentage of people claim to essentially have more knowledge and more ability than the combined collective wisdom and experience of all humankind? It comes off sounding like “I/we know best.” Can’t workers organize their own labor efforts? Can’t teachers and/or parents organize the endeavor of educating their own children? Can’t people collectively encourage and support one another in their spiritual and self-actualization interests and desires? Can’t decent and caring human beings self-organize into a solidarity for addressing problems, needs, and injustices in their neighborhoods, communities. and cities?
When did we get to the place where we hired people to do this stuff for us? When did we start outsourcing practically every shred of our humanity?
I don’t think significant social change is sustainable if it is motivated or driven by hatred, self-righteousness, or aggression. Love, compassion, and human solidarity are very powerful. It seems our biggest obstacles now are things like passivity, apathy, indifference, ignorance, fear, and the lack of free and independent thinking. It’s too bad we defined “following Jesus” as something to do with being religious or having the correct theology to get to Heaven. Jesus doesn’t eclipse us with his divinity, he eclipses us with his humanity. It takes guts to be human like Jesus was.