Revolution Is a Potluck

By Cindy Sheehan

“A revolution is not a dinner party, or writing an essay, or painting a picture, or doing embroidery; it cannot be so refined, so leisurely and gentle, so temperate, kind, courteous, restrained and magnanimous. A revolution is an insurrection, an act of violence by which one class overthrows another.” ~Mao Zedong

First of all, don’t worry, I am not advocating violent overthrow of the Robber Class in this piece—now that your mind is eased (or disappointed), I will go on. [Image]

Today, Peace of the Action, and our Re-Creating Revolutionary Communities or Bust Tour is wrapping up near Yosemite in bucolic (and hot), Oakhurst. We began in Eugene, Or. and stopped in Hood River and Newport before heading down to California where we had events in Arcata, Garberville, Fresno and soon in Oakhurst.

At each stop, a community potluck was included and I observed and heard many revolutionary acts being planned by members of each community stemming from the mere act of building community.

Back in the days of the Great Depression in the 20s, 30s, and 40s, “community” wasn’t a concept, it was a reality—with longevity in residence, no TV box, and multi-generational homes—for better, or worse, we needed each other. Since then, we have become Pod People—isolated and propagandized by the TV box to the point where many of us believe that if we need another person, we are weak. However, this tribal need for community is natural and we should pay heed to the impulse to gather in healthy community rather than suppress it with unhealthy activities.

Re-creating Revolutionary Communities is not about locking ourselves in our own homes with stockpiles of food and ammo and it’s not about confronting our current class-based diseased system head-on with heavy weaponry or ineffectual protests. It’s about, as far as possible for each of our own current circumstances, CREATING OUR OWN SYSTEMS.

Read more at Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox

6 responses to “Revolution Is a Potluck

  1. Soulutions
    There is the distinct threat of economic collapse in the air and the police force and the army are preparing for a showdown on Main Street but we can’t afford to go over that cliff. Violence will only empower more violent leaders. We can see down through history that the outcome of violence is violence.

    The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different outcome. How many times must we repeat this scenario before we learn that this way of violence only perpetuates the attitude of violence as a means to an end.

    We must reach deeper into ourselves for the resources that we all possess as multidimensional beings. Our thoughts create our reality and we have barely scratched the surface of our creative and intuitive nature. It has been proven through scientific process that human thought, properly focused, can affect and change physical mass. This is well documented in Quantum Physics.

    It has also been displayed by a group of meditators who travelled from city to city with the intent of decreasing the crime rate with meditation during their stay in each city. The results were remarkable! They decreased the crime rate by between 40% to 60% during their stay in at least 69 cities, of which Washington DC was one.

    It is time to understand the power and the nature of the power we all possess. It is time for a transformation of consciousness. A consciousness that is both individual and cosmic in every moment. It is time for an unveiling of our true nature.

    And how do we deal with the tyranny we are apparently faced with? With the most powerful energy in the universe which every one of us possess. Love. From the depths of the Bible, the Bhagavad Gita, the Koran, the Gnostic gospels, the Torah, the Vedas, from the works and writings of Plato, Albert Einstein, Carl Jung, Sir Isaac Newton, Sir Francis Bacon, Thomas Jefferson, from the Zohar to Noetic Science to the Egyptian Mystery Schools to the Shamanic texts to the Pistis Sophia all describe the power that the mind and heart possess and the power of the collective consciousness.

    It is time to use that collective consciousness to our collective advantage. To create a world that better represents our true and spiritual nature. A world where Love conquers all. So let us use Love via the collective consciousness to influence positive change and unveil a world that better suits all of Life and all of Earth. We have the power within us to affect this change. It has been scientifically proven that the power of human thought “grows exponentially with the number of minds that share that thought.”

    In psychology, it is described as “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” It seems that the time is upon us to join together around the world with a singular healing intent and what better focus for this intent then Love. This is not a fairytale. It is the truth we are becoming. Let us, as individuals, consciously join together around the world as a collective consciousness and focus our intent to Love for all the world. Let us evoke change with this power. That will be our justice!
    Rob Gordon

    • I have chewed on this thoughts-create-reality thinking for several years and believe all that you say is possible.

      However, Thomas Jefferson, whom you cite, didn’t love the British Empire into surrender. He shot them.

  2. here’s some info on Bacon, whom you also cite:

    ~10:10 to about 11:40

    “The scientific realism of Sir Francis Bacon was perfectly suited to the new task [of justifying empire building]. The idea that the king was quasi divine … would no longer do.

    “Sir Francis Bacon, in the service of the state, was far more the realistic political scientist heralded by Machiavelli. Indeed, Bacon consciously modeled himself on Machiavelli’s teachings. Like the neo-pagan Machiavelli, Bacon called upon his prince to do great deeds, to achieve glory.

    “He particularly called upon the king to achieve empire, to expand and to conquer territories overseas….

    “Bacon went beyond most other apologists of empire by declaring it a high moral duty of the king to expand, as well as preserve, the bonds of empire.

    “The duty to conquer went beyond even Machiavelli who worried about undue speed in achieving conquest.”

  3. Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is the truth.

    When I despair, I remember that all through history the ways of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants, and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall. Think of it–always.

    You must be the change you want to see in the world.
    Mahatma Gandhi

    Doc Blake

  4. “The power of a revolution lies not in the extreme ideas of its leaders, but in the small portion of moderate demands unsatisfied at the right time.” German Chancellor, Otto von Bismarck

    The beauty of the movement happening now is that it is completely grass roots, non-violent, and based on the concept of abundance rather than scarcity. There is nothing more abundant within the human spirit than love, and nothing more powerful than channeling this into creative action that stirs others to do the same.

    -Meggen Connolley

  5. Pingback: La revolución es algo compartido « noticias de abajo

What do YOU think?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s