What is Real Solidarity? Day 225


Geronimo- the Indian chief- as a U. S. prisoner / Copyright 1909 by W. H. Martin.

Solidarity is a word used by people in various movements for social change. It means standing together as a block; becoming a solid block or force of determination for a specific goal.

Solidarity has been important for minorities within countries underrepresented, oppressed, and otherwise forgotten. It is a term that has been used by outsiders who want to express their agreement with movements for change in other countries, such as expressing solidarity with the anti-apartheid movement, or solidarity with the American Indian Movement. It is considered a recognition of oppression and injustice.

For the most part, the idea of Solidarity has come to be associated with movements of a minority against oppression by a majority. Rarely, if ever, do you hear the term solidarity used in relation to oneself: such as,  “I am in complete solidarity with my mind”  or “I am in solidarity with my belief system, regardless of what I see that would contradict it”  and yet when we are exposed to a workable solution to the disparity between the minority and the majority, such as  Equal Money, we protest that such an idea is unrealistic or not possible. And in this decision we choose to be in solidarity with our mind, our beliefs, our opinions; not with Life.

And, despite the fickleness of the mind, the forgetfulness of the mind, and the fragmentation of the mind, we are predisposed to remain in solidarity with it – as the ultimate purveyor of our capacity –  despite the melting iceberg of evidence that we call ‘what is real’  based, as it is, on some unseen force, an abstraction; while what is real – the condition of the earth, the children of Gaza, deforestation, etc. is ignored from our collective responsibility.

Real solidarity with life would be to admit that we don’t  need an intricate, complicated system that requires an intellectually rigorous minority to decide and implement dignity for all. We require that the majority stands up for the majority within mutual recognition that it is the majority who suffer, the majority who are not not thriving, the majority who are living in conditions that those of us able to read this would probably be unprepared to tolerate.

So, the question proposed by the Equal Money proposition is: who and what are we really in solidarity with? Is it with God, an idea, or is it with Life itself? How do we justify solidarity with an idea, system or belief while the elephant in the room has chains on his feet and is so obviously suffering?


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