What is your ideology worth to me?Submitted by Smudge Pot on Wed, 04/09/2014 - 19:00
Hello, I am Smudge Pot.
Like many of you, I was born on this planet through no fault or choice of my own.
I am one of those "white indians" you hear about. I'm like 90whatever % white but that small % of native I am is very large.
The author Sherman Alexie makes fun of people like me. Part breeds. But it doesn't matter what you are or what your lineage is, if you are born here, on this soil, that means you are what we call am American.
Never mind that this means two continents and that's why we call South Americans Americans too. That distinction comes in a hemispherical sense: North and South, we are all Americans by virtue of the fact that the continents we dwell upon happen to be contiguously connected but I digress.
I am intrigued, as a part blood Native American by this fact that your Constitution recognizes certain rights and among these are the rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. But there is this issue of property law.
We are up against a problem here.
See in your paradigm (and I'm taking the part of Native American here) property is property. You can own it to the exclusion of all others. And now all the land is"owned" by you directly through purchase or via BIA or the federal principality. In short, everybody owns everything and our values hold that in order to have anything you have to create something that people want to buy or at the least, you buy or rent a place to simply BE.
Let us consider this from your perspective: you were literally brought into this world, you are in fact DERIVED from a conjugal act and if you got conjugated on this part of this continent we CONFER upon you certain "rights" and among these are the rights to whatever but guess what?
YOU ARE NOT AUTOMATICALLY CONFERRED WITH A PLACE TO BE.
ANY STEP YOU TAKE FROM YOUR WHOLE ORIGINATION POINT IS AT BEST GIVEN AS LARGESSE FOR TELL ME DIFFERENT IF YOU WILL:
HUMAN BEINGS, AT THE POINT OF ORIGINATION, IN OTHER WORDS AS INFANTS HAVE A SURVIVABILITY FACTOR OF 0 WITHOUT DIRECT INTERVENTION..
Which means you came into this world and you are reading this now because somebody considred you to be something less than garbage.
OK so they covered your butt as far as getting born, they had to eat food and keep metabolizing enough to deposit your sorry ass on this planet.
And now here you are and you got rights. To bla di bla bla bla but your first task is to find someplace to BE.
See this whole planet is owned. And you have the right to be "here" in an esoteric sense but now you have to pay for it.
YOU LITERALLY HAVE TO CONVERT YOUR LIFE ENERGY TO GIVE TO ANOTHER PERSON JUST TO HAVE THE RIGHT TO BE YOU IN A PLACE.
Otherwise they chase you off and call you vagrant.
So, highly intelligent capitalists, tell me how individuality or how ownership is ennobled by the fact that kids keep getting born with all rights but yet have no place to physically be?
Does our right to existence come with real estate? How about clean air? How about pure water to drink? How about the opportunity to meet the animals?
ALL OF THIS YOU WIPE AWAY NOW IN THE CREDIT OF YOUR OWNERSHIP SYSTEM AND YOU DEPRIVE ALL FUTURE GENERATIONS OF THE POWER OF CHOICE.
AND THE CHOICE IS THIS: WE COULD PRESERVE THE CHOICE BUT YOU AND YOUR CAPITALISTIC AND MATERIALISTIC CULTURE IMPLICITLY AND DE FACTO HAS SAID
that the future does not matter.
All you have is a right to be here and try and you get no guarantee of oxygen or trees or flowers and you get no right to pandas and cats and dogs and tasty deer and elf and you don't get to meet bear and you don't get to swim in lakes and you don't get to canoe down rivers because why?
Because the people that owned this land before you made a decision and it want' for your benefit: they just decided to EAT IT ALL.
AND LEAVE YOU WITH A PILE OF WASTE.
AND GUESS WHAT?
THIS IS YOUR SYSTEM OF CAPITALISM AND OWNERSHIP. WHO HAS THE MOST MONEY OWNS IT AND THEY ARE FREE TO DEPRIVE YOU OF ACCESS AND ENJOYMENT OF IT and the point I am making is rather brutal:
You are born with the right to exist but to have someplace to EXIST IN?
That you have to pay for.
You can BE but you have no right to BE ANY PLACE.
For that you have to pay. And you have to pay somebody else. And they own it and they own all the land and the animals and they do as they please.
And you get to pay them for the privilege of not killing you and rendering you homeless which is an actual crime in many places, in other words,
you are born and if you don't pay somebody to have a place to be in or you go to jail.