Anonymous released some information yesterday as if it secret. In response law enforcement over reacted in a very crazy manner trying to arrest members of Anonymous. Yet all the information Anonymous posted had not been hacked or leaked by anyone. Fact: everything Anonymous posted had been online and available for anyone to see for years.
Anonymous re-posted freely available information to illustrate how the current social system would react.
Law enforcement at every level reacted to a non-crime and actively worked towards arresting everyone behind it! They never even investigated whether a crime had even been committed in the anonymous press release. This shows the deeply repressive attitude United States law enforcement and high level government processes wield today.
The new basic truth is: the modern US government views every US citizen as guilty before innocent.
Civil Rights and Innocence
A founding principle in the American revolution was to create a system where citizens are innocent. Guilt has to be proven. Look through the news and you will discover example after example of citizens being put into jail without guilt. In fact 90% of people are sent to jail without a trial now, forced with heavy pressure plea bargaining processes to admit guilt. If you don’t accept a plea bargain the odds are very much stacked against you even when you are innocent.
The flipping of innocence to guilt started with the war on drugs in the 70’s. Then after 2001 the process really kicked into high gear. If you don’t think the war on drugs is where this all really started, then review these words from US policy makers.
“We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did,” Ehrlichman, who served time in prison stemming from a conviction related to his role in the Watergate scandal, plainly told Baum.
Most citizens know they are innocent. So the average person thinks they are protected but when everyone is guilty in the eyes of enforcement this is no longer true. Just scan google & the news and you find the blood of too many innocent people hurt and dead, who thought innocence would protect them.
So realize this does impact you: especially if you find yourself acting with fear or hesitating to speak up or feeling more anxious with current events.
Some people will be surprised to find this post on a Spiritual web site. But think about this for a second:
Innocence is the baseline of any spiritual practice.
To be innocent is to lack of guile, corruption and be within purity. When a social system pushes a citizen into guilt, attacks citizens with fear that social system is also redirecting that person’s spiritual growth in turn. To shift a person’s steps to be based on fear rather than grace.
We need to learn how to move both with and around society in order to live a spiritual life. We need to understand the baseline of any society we interact with so we can make sure kindness / virtue doesn’t leave our society. Society is a reflection of us, when it is unkind, we become unkind in reflection and lose our own innocence.
In teaching Taoism and Kindness, I share all sorts of information to better help a person understand the inter-playing stories we encounter in society. We have to understand which stories are our own true baseline versus what stories have been turned around to be used against us.
I share this information to help students better step around these modern traps laid out to entangle and de-power strong individuals. The process ahead is of reclaiming our innocence.
Each person here has the challenge of how to pick their way through this confusing maze. As we are all part of humanity: how you act, think and create your own life are very important. Each person does matter!
There are no civil rights when people are guilty before innocent or when kindness is removed out of the equation of life.
Humanity has a challenge to improve on so many levels now. The baseline level is innocence and removing guilt. Ahead we can start with removing judgment in our lives. Then work to solving problems rather than initiating conflicts. This isn’t something that happens outside of you: Each person has a step to play in this. Step Kindly.