As there is no single country we can call our own, we propose creating a virtual homeland in which to TRADE, SHARE, COLLABORATE and SUPPORT each other.
The Need for a World We Can Call Our Own
Rampant corruption, the growing wealth/poverty gap, political burnout, willful ignorance, state-sanctioned violence and aggression, environmental pillaging… doesn’t seem to matter where you go on this planet, the same core issues are being repeated everywhere.
Living now on my fourth continent, I’ve found myself thinking the same thing every time I’ve moved – “this country doesn’t really represent us, but where can we go?”
A world we can call our own… free of greed and corruption, based on integrity, openness and accountability.
A place built on a common set of values, comprising a hidden tribe that stands in need of unifying.
A New Form of Citizenship
These frustrations eventually led me to the thought… if we’re such a huge chunk of the global population (35% according to very detailed research) then why don’t we have our own country(s) to live in? A homeland that we are truly proud to say we’re from?
This evolved into thinking of these questions of identity as a new form of citizenship. Some artists created a virtual passport for Antarctica. Why not have one for cre8tives?
A form of citizenship based on common values, not just about the landmass where you arrived at through your mum’s birth canal, or some ID card issued by a mind-numb bureaucrat. But rather a form of global citizenship based on one’s identity as an earthling, a human being that doesn’t derive it’s selfhood from arbitrary regions that are invisible from space.
The Need For Transnational Awareness
There are some pretty major reasons to start thinking of oneself being transnational, beyond or above all borders. Beyond obvious issues such as globalization and climate change, a primary reason to focus transnationally is that there is already a minor subculture that doing so – the .01%.
Personally, I grapple daily with getting caught in the “us versus them” trap. It’s a struggle, ultimately with the ego that wants to separate us from everything else. We pretty much excel at doing that. Whether the short ear/long ear war on Rapa Nui is true or not, it serves as an excellent metaphor – we’re great at finding ways to point fingers and turn people with minor differences into enemies.
So although the 1 vs 99 thing is accurate on many levels, getting stuck in rage at “them” doesn’t serve us. It IS however quite useful to examine our “enemy” and see how they think. It’s obvious that a war of power and control is being waged across this planet and we’re undoubtably losing at the moment, so it might be good to see the world through the eyes of the winners in order to see things as they do.
How the .01% Thinks
While I can in no way begin to truly understand the mad machinations one must go through to rationalize the continuing exploit of the masses of humanity in pursuit of one’s own personal benefits, I can easily identify with one common characteristic among the elite – they don’t think in nationalistic terms.
The CEOs and Board of Directors of the world’s most powerful corporations have been thinking transnationally for decades. That’s what all of those Trilateral, Bilderberg, GATT, TTIP, Davos Economic Forum, blah blah blah meetings are about – operating businesses across borders with impunity.
The horror stories are endless and don’t need to be repeated here.
The point is that the people making the kinds of decisions that lead to wars, worker abuse, environmental destruction, financial embezzlement, consumer ripoffs, etc. are only able to carry out their decisions because they simply don’t give a rat’s ass about the citizens of any particular country. They just don’t think in these terms. The world is their playground and they’re carving up what they want for their own ends and not anyone else’s.
If there’s more money to be paid by moving a factory from one country to another because the workforce is cheaper and easier to manipulate thanks to corrupt local officials, or if it’s more cost-effective to invent phony reasons to wage war in order to get your hands on a particular region’s resources, you can rest assured these folks will do it. Recent and ancient history is replete with examples.
So – if these people don’t think in nationalistic terms, maybe we shouldn’t either?
A Virtual Form of Citizenship
As the .01% imagines themselves being beyond borders, why can’t the 35% cultural creative class do the same?
Therefore, I propose we look at this website cre8tives.org as a new virtual homeland for our tribe. (Eventually we can even start to issue our own passports!)
The purpose behind this is that if we’re able to spread this idea – of a new form of virtual, borderless citizenship – we then have a rallying point around which to congregate. As our ranks grow, so does our effectiveness on a variety of fronts.
Who knows? Maybe if enough of us come together, maybe we can find a land mass of our own and make the thing real in the end.