My guess is that 99% of the people protesting in the Occupy movement had, and still have, a bank account. I am one of those 99%.
If you have a bank account, then you have a relationship with the bank, whether your account is in the red or black. Red is debit or debt, you owe the bank. Black is credit, they owe you.
Red and black and white are Satanic colours, like Santa wears, and so do all the newspapers. So I think there must be something in banking called “in the white”.
If you are in the white, your account is zero, or non existent, and this is the only way we will ever manage to collapse the banks. You don’t need to join a movement or campaign, you can just do it yourself, which is nice.
It sounds easy at first glance, until you start to think about how you are going to get your account to zero. HoHo, says Santa, you are all dependent on the banks, and the toys you need to buy, and the money you need to earn.
Did you know that homeless people are encouraged to have bank accounts so they can join in the system too ? We can’t have any “in the white” people can we ? They are not playing the game. They are not joining in the fun.
Children are encouraged to have bank accounts. You can set up one for them before they are born.
There are bank accounts that are called other things, like mobile phone accounts, utility bill accounts, Oyster card accounts, council tax accounts etc etc. All of them have a relationship of IOU one way or the other. Either you owe them, or they owe you.
You don’t have to zero your account to make a difference. You can step by step reduce the size of the relationship. Less banking activity, less amount in debit or credit. Slow the flow.
Trouble is we have got used to banking. We have got used to clicking our fingers with a wad of money, or clicking on the internet, and magic, we have something effortlessly. We have got used to keeping count. We have got used to earning and spending as two separate things. We have got used to storing up money. We have got used to living in the future. If I have earned money, I want a store of it for later on. If I spend what I don’t have, I know I will have to pay it back. If I have worked all my life, I want to stop when I am older and get my pension contributions back.
Once you start to think about it, it becomes very obvious why the banks haven’t collapsed even though everyone knows they are corrupt. We all want them to stay. We can’t work out how to exist without them. The demand for banking is still there, big time. How can we manage without banks, they seem to be at the core of our very existence.
The banking system is based on debt. Owing. It is a flow of OWE. You owe to the bank or they owe to you. To “owe to” is O2, oxygen, the thing that fuels us and keeps our body alive.
The banking system is a body of sorts, that is kept alive by OWE TO, the red and black balance sheets of debt. Banks breathe OWE. It is as if we have become a world that breathes money.
Money is printed on paper, the paper would be trees if it wasn’t used for making money. The trees, like all plants, give us a steady supply of oxygen in the air that we breathe.
It seems to me that the OWE flow has become more important than the O flow of Oxygen. Whatever we worship, we will get. You worship by participating in the ritual. Do you participate in banking ? I do. No matter how much we protest, the banks will not go away until we stop having a relationship with them.
I am going to turn the Occupy movement on its head….
I say UNOCCUPY. Unoccupy your bank account. Be one of the 1% that don’t have a bank account. Find another way to live.
(See also earlier posts : Why I Need Money, Gift Economy, Money Less Society, Taxing, Housing Tax, Jesus and the Taxes, Red and Black and White, Place Your Bets, The Queen’s Debt, Dark Satanic Mills, Every Breath You Take, U R What You Eat, Growing Money, Monthly Contract)