message to the 1%, to the international-industrial-political-medical-educational-economic-machine:
you said come off those farms, come down from those hills, from those forests, from those faraway places, where you grow your vegetables and milk that cow and spin that wool and visit that old woman with all the jars of dried roots and leaves. you said come live in our cities, our suburban housing developments, our exciting city apartment life. you said your jobs would shorten our work day from toiling all day on the land, more time for our families, you said. you said you would educate our children. you said you could grow food better, more efficiently than us. you said you could preserve that food better than us, no sweating in the kitchen. you said that you could make clothes for less than what it cost us to make them. you said our old woman with the knowledge of the plants and the body was dangerous and that you could cure us better, and safer. you said we could elect representatives, mr. smith goes to washington. you said we had freedom of speech.
but at what cost? we are sick now. we have no money now. our families are dying around us now. we have no land. we have no cow. we have no fruits and vegetables. we don't want clothes and products if they are made by people who have to suffer at our expense. we don't want food with poison in it. we don't want your cure for cancer if it means we have to give you all of our life savings and still our children be in debt to you. we don't want the representative that you choose for us so that you can create laws that favor your small group of people---that's not a representative! we don't want your education system that herds our children into large groups and eliminates creativity from the teacher and the classroom. we know that when you eliminate creativity you eliminate critical thinking and the ability to speak out if something seems wrong. something like, oh i don't know, everything you've been doing for the last fifty years or so. we don't want your jobs if they dull our minds and separate us from our families.
take it all back, we don't want it anymore. take your cures and your banks. those loans you gave us to buy our houses were no good anyway. take your schools and your poison food. take your hospitals and your cures---we are dying in your hospitals from secondary infections, you are feeding us chemically-laced food in our recovery rooms and bathing us in antibiotics. now we know that those microorganisms that you told us were the source of all our woes are the key to our survival. take your representatives back, they never spoke for us anyway. take your slave-made clothes and plastic trash that you call homegoods, you said that slavery was outlawed a hundred and fifty years ago, but you lied. do you hate us? we, the source of your wealth, are so faceless and nameless to you? just a group health number, or an employee identification number, or a constituent? as the population of this old sphere grows, you know that you can exploit us easier and easier. as the crowd grows, the faces shrink until they aren't even people to you anymore. we don't hate you, but we are done with you. we are going back to each other. you think we need you, but we don't. we have been sucking on your polyvinyl nipples for generations now, it is true. but we don't need it any more. it will take us time to open our eyes and stand on our own shaky feet. and we will continue to stumble and fall and lose our lives in the process. but we will return to our hills, our forests, and our faraway lands. or we will just return to ourselves. we will work with our neighbors and our friends, who are not our enemies, our competitors, our antagonists, as decades of your anxiety-ridden psychologists have led us to believe. we will find those who still believe in the power of the person and link up with them. we will form food co-ops, work co-ops, and education co-ops. we will slowly slowly cleave from you, using the technology that you provided for us, thank you so much for that. you will catch wind that we are doing this and you will try repeatedly to cut off our communications with each other. you will say that our ways are dangerous and our foods are dangerous and our medicines are ineffective or unproven. you will say that we can't succeed unless we have awards and degrees from your institutions. you will. but we will hold on because it is the only way for us to survive intact, with our souls whole, with a clear conscience. without plugging in to your machine. we are finished. we are dying. we are done.