An Open Letter to: The Powers That Be
From: Danielle Egnew
Cc: The Planet Earth
To Whom It May Concern:
I trust the Holidays find you well. Let me start by stating that I’m not addressing the celestial “powers that be”, but those of the earthly lot, currently running our system of government(s) and trade. I know you’ve been in charge for a very long time. In fact, I happen to know that you’re not just in charge here in the United States, which is how you and I have come to know one another, but also in charge of the whole global economy and, ergo, responsible largely in part for the global transition we’re all going through.
I’d like to truly thank you for your belief in yourself. Thanks to your unwavering faith in the system of commerce and finance that you’ve built across the globe, a faith that drives you to uphold this system, you have kindly left a wide open playing field for the rest of us to circumnavigate, in order to rebuild what has been lost, not only in this United States, but across the planet. On this canvass you’ve politely left wide open are endless probabilities and problem-solving avenues that you, thanks in part to you utter dedication to your own design, are unwilling to accept as plausible. It is in your complete adherence to the belief that the buck not only stops with you, but is solely created and managed by you, that you have single-handedly taken care of an enormous problem that many of us are facing here in the United States: How to rebuild the nation, without your help.
As the Shel Silverstein poem goes:
And some kind of help is the kind of help
That helping’s all about
And some kind of help is the kind of help
We all can do without
I think it’s fair to say that your version of helping – isn’t. Again, thanks to your impressive devotion to your own system, you’ve found it unnecessary to take a few things into account, such as – how would a United States population, who no longer wishes to subscribe to the fulcrum of equity based upon oppression, secrecy, blame, and general douchiness, then make legal changes for the good of all social classes involved, without violence, without manipulation, and without mass media control?
I’d again like to thank you for your enacted belief that the latter is impossible, as it is your selfless commitment to this stalwart belief that has made room for competent others to solve this problem. It also seems you’ve not taken into account how the system you’ve created would then fit into a new system that no longer had need for the leveraging tools you once employed – again, most of them douchey.
I’d like to thank you for your tireless commitment to the concept of “Us against Them”, as in your dedication to this modality, you have taught us all the divisiveness in the notion that 99% of us are pitted against 1% of us. Thanks to my fine public education, whose funds you’ve recently seen fit to distribute other places such as congressional health care packages, I’m able to factor that by not dividing the 99% and the 1%, that leaves 100% of us that are all in the same boat, together. Thank you for uniting us.
I’d like to thank you for to your decision to buy into you, and only you. In this decision, you have freed us all from the expectation that we are to behave as if part of a Democracy. By sending in riot-gear-laden law enforcement who all look like extras on the set of Blade Runner to inspire mass panic via pepper spray while disbanding peaceful Occupy protests nationwide, all in the same week, just in time to clean up the commerce areas for the retail Christmas cycle, you have demonstrated that we may rely on your belief that we will react as you would expect us to react. Thank you for your consistency.
And, thanks to your expectation that we will re-center our energies to re-mobilize the Occupy Wall Street camps, as that is what you would do, you’ve again left us with a wide array of alternative legal and non-violent choices that, now that we’re not all camping in the rain expending our energies trying to scare up propane for a generator – we can direct 100% of our focus toward. Thank you for re-purposing our efforts indoors, especially during this reflective holiday season, where we may warmly, with plenty of food and water and unmonitored gathering time, take advantage of this beautifully abandoned idea called “Democracy” and start to build upon the wide-open playing field that you no longer believe in, not simply temporary ideological camps, but permanent functioning ideals.
So here’s to you, Powers That Be – thank you for being you. Thank you for your unshakeable commitment to yourself, and most of all, thank you for breaking up Occupy Wall Street. You’re right – there are far better ways that we may use our time. Because of your thoughtfulness, we will now have the proper relaxed environments to organize the changes we’d like to see, enacted in a legal, peaceful, and brand new way that hasn’t yet been accounted for, whose brilliance is based upon the wide-open playing field that you don’t believe in.
Thank you for inspiring imagination, ingenuity, and change. In your lack of vision – you are visionary.
The happiest of holidays,