God, give us grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed, Courage to change the things which should be changed, and the Wisdom to distinguish the one from the other. – Reinhold Niebuhr, Serenity Prayer,1943
One of the most important questions to ask ourselves, as dissidents, is how to stay sane in such an insane world. When delving into the dissident world, it is easy enough to get so depressed that we can no longer function. In fact, the closer we look at this horrible world of ours, the more attractive suicide can become.
For those of us though, who have no choice but to function, the Serenity Prayer above certainly provides a very helpful piece of advice. There is no point fretting over things we cannot change. That only prevents us from changing those things we can. The tricky part though is how to distinguish between the two.
If we can learn anything from history it is that there are no real revolutions. They are staged events, engineered by extremely rich and powerful people, replacing one bunch of monsters with a bunch of worse ones. Revolutions cost money and the people who pay for them, usually want their money back, with interest.
No, the only way to make this world a better place is through a change in consciousness. Our ruling parasites cannot control us without the greed and selfishness of middle class. The moment middle class becomes more concerned with what kind of world it leaves behind for its children, the moment it will stop running after the carrot dangling in front of its face. It will quit the rat race and tell our self-chosen rulers to get lost.
Part of that change in consciousness is the realisation what is really happening and not putting up with it. We are billions, our ruling parasites are just a few dozens intermarried dynasties and their two, three thousand house slaves, the likes of Henry Kissinger, George Soros and Bill Gates. Even if most of mankind has no clue of all of this, at this stage, it doesn’t matter. In any technological, organisational or societal change, there are innovators, early adopters, early and late majority and laggards. It’s up to us, the avant-garde of the dissident movement, to recruit the early adopters and make the majority eventually follow us.
In the meantime, whenever you feel depressed, count your blessings. Make a list of all the things that make you feel happy: your children, your health, your favourite spot in nature, whatever works for you. As far as I’m concerned, that’s the only thing that keeps me sane.