The people of the United States are demanding change. We are frustrated with those who are taking more than their share.
Real change? It will come only when we solve the real problem.
The real problem is that we operate under a system of hierarchies whose function is to channel power and resources to the top. The people on the top expect to hoard the resources others generate because according to the rules of the hierarchy, they deserve all they have and everyone else deserves less.
We will solve the real problem when the rest of us cut our puppet strings to these outdated hierarchies and stop playing our lower role of listening to the clueless top. Only then can our anger and stress be transformed into creative instruments for change and joy.
"Don't Think of an Elephant"
George Lakoff struck a chord with millions of Americans with his book, "Don't Think of an Elephant!" (Chelsea Green Publishing, 2004). Lakoff wrote that people who want change need to develop a strategy that includes six criteria.
Lakoff’s criteria are satisfied by our focus on ending hierarchies.
Stop thinking issue by issue. Figure out what change we can enact that will have effects across many issues.
Do not use their language. Practice reframing, every day, on every issue.
Play offense, not defense.
Never answer a question framed from your opponent's point of view.
Use their weakness to your advantage.
Predict what they will say.
Games Mother Never Taught You
You can’t correct a problem until you know what’s wrong.
You can’t develop a useful strategy or capitalize on a skill until you know what you’re up against.
You can’t calculate your moves until you are knowledgeable enough to predict countermoves and