Sometimes I get so worked up about things I don’t like about the world that I neglect the things I do like about the world or the things I should do about the world. Here is a list of things I’m working on.
1 Get off Facebook
You don’t like corporate control in any other area of your life except Facebook, Amazon, ebay, Twitter. You won’t shop at Tesco on principle yet you’re always stuffing your face on Facebook. Don’t let yourself become a marketers dream.
2 Walk More
Get the blood pumping and take the time to learn your place.
3 Grow Herbs
Read the Wendell Berry essay ‘The Reactor and the Garden’ then go out and plant some coriander. You will save money next time you make a curry.
4 Buy from small,local retailers
If possible to keep diversity in your community.
The empires and systems want to homogenize us.
Which is why you should also get off Facebook. We’ve been homogenized and it’s not healthy
5 Bake Bread
Gain an understanding that it’s not Tesco or Hovis who provide our daily bread, it’s God. Touching the raw ingredients of bread makes you realise how we dependent on grace and farming and ultimately God
6 Name the Beasts
Or name the systems that oppress us. If we name them they have less power over us. The unknown has more power as we can’t define it.
7 Look for where power is Centred
Where are the HQ’s of the IMF, the WTO, the World Bank, Tesco, Google, Apple, corporate power? Don’t fail to see the actual people behind the shiny logo. Look for where the lords hang out.
8 ‘All Roads lead to Rome’
Work out where the roads of empire lead to these days. Not to Rome but to Arkansas with WalMart or the HQ of BP or Royal Dutch Shell.
9 Read your Bible
If you’re Christian learn the Big Picture. Learn the real story of what is going on not just for the sake of reading it.
As above. Follow the master
11 Say Grace
Relearn that it isn’t our technology and super markets that supply our daily bread, it’s something far more precious and fragile. Pray to God ‘Give us this day our daily bread’ and mean it
12 Write about Food
Again, learn that there are few things more important and vital to us than food and be grateful for it. It’s there to be enjoyed.
13 Make a Lunch Box System
When you’re out and about make it easier to grab something better for you than a Mars Bar to Tayto.
14 Draw and Dream Alternative Images
Try to imagine different possibilities
15 Write, Perform,Educative and Subversive Poetry
Undermine the tag lines and mission statements, take the piss out of them
16 Seek First the Kingdom
Ignore the claims of other kingdoms
17 Read some Irish Poetry/Legends
Learn about the culture of your homeland
18 Write Songs
It’s easier to slip truth through with a subtle lyric and tune
19 Read about Permaculture
So that you can place less demands on your home patch and be more like Adam was called to be in Eden
20 Ethical Clothing
Cloth yourself when possible with clothes that have been made by people who where not exploited for economic gain. Choose fabrics that place less demands on economic systems.
21 Urban Farming
Try to encourage urban farming if possible. New Jerusalem sounds like a city garden with an orchard, bring heaven to earth.
22 Theology of Housework
See how you might be glorifying God when cleaning the toilet or washing grease pans to keep yourself sane.
Listen to all that good music you couldn’t afford to in the past with Spotify. Note the songs you like and why they are quality. Have a special place in your heart for protest songs.
25 Read some affirming Books
Read something you wouldn’t normally bother with, don’t neglect the novel and short story either in favour of non-fiction. Read some classics, read something different