Sunday, April 21, 2013

Who We Are

Welcome to the "identify" blog (working title? We'll see). 

Before the regular posts start, introductions are in order: 

A celebration of the written word, offering a human perspective towards an inhuman environment. The "identity" blog rejects the mythology of instantaneous fact inherent in Facebook and Twitter, urging consideration, depth and balance through each post. 

We are everywhere. We shop at your favorite stores, drive on the highway with you during rush hour, and work with you at your job. Sometimes you can spot us a mile away and sometimes we're hidden very carefully. Sometimes even we don't know who we are.

We are the true spiritual visionaries. The artists, activists and prophets who challenge the American Dream with our manifesto: "not so fast: everything is not as it seems." We're suspicious of common knowledge. We dissect "truth." We know there's 2.348 million sides to every story. It's time to build a less-common perspective. 

We feel out of place in mainstream culture because we are human, not commodities. We believe education is about learning to listen and work is about building a progressive community; and yet from a young age we are taught how to follow orders and raised into careers that revolve around arranging somebody else's numbers. What now?

Archetypes of Dissent 
by Daniel Merriweather
Double Agents conceal their dual identities. Their being isn’t “either/or” but “both/and.” In practice, this makes for a strange, schizoid practice, a deeper political idealism lurking behind a socially conventional pragmatism, a person in society who is rebelling against society. The stuff of the 99% doubtless consists of many double agents: they earn a living to equip themselves to overthrow what earning a living really means.

What We Propose
  • Encouraging readers to reconnect with their human core
  • Reminding readers that nothing is exactly as it seems
  • Providing a unique progressive community in a disconnected and selfish culture

What We Reject
  • Comfort Zones: Trading our right to an open and healthy spirit for financial security
  • The myth that everything is as it should be
  • Sacrificing relevance for recency: living fast instead of living wisely

"But," Corporate Cathy may argue, "everything about my life can be described as 'mainstream' and yet I am perfectly happy and healthy. I have worked hard to achieve what I have. This blog's rejection of my lifestyle stems from some stubborn unhappiness on the authors' part."

The "identify" blog believes that everyone in the world has their own unique skill set. Cathy, if you are honest with yourself in following the true call of your heart, we support you in that. If you are troubled, angry or insulated from your community, we don't. We are suspicious of the corporate consumer movement, but well aware that it is comprised of living, breathing human beings. 
We mean no offense, and we encourage your further communication in the future. Let's collaborate!

As for our mission, we feel our calling is to dig beneath the surface of everything and investigate what might not be immediately apparent, for the good of the human race, because we are journalists. 

To conclude:

We know that the beauty of life is so powerful that it often pops up even in the most corrupt of institutions. Humans can gain as much enlightenment from a shopping mall as from the forest. Life cannot be corrupted so much that it does not move our souls whenever, wherever we encounter it. We can look at a sermon, a presidential speech, or a magazine ad and stop ourselves before proclaiming "That's a lie!" Not so fast. We say it's the Truth, but manipulated. Exploited. So what can we learn from it?

And so with that in mind, the "identify" blog welcomes you to join us in stopping and taking a deep breath. Listen. Let go.

Post Script:

The first thought, feeling, instinct that comes to mind is false. There is more than one mind in our head, and the loudest is not always the wisest; volume and frequency have an inverse relationship with Truth and right living.  

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