Read here: http://livingequality.wordpress.com/2012/03/07/no-more-djs-in-an-equal-money-system/
Everyone and their uncle seems to be a DJ these days. I know I wanted to be one- even bought turntables. In an Equal Money System, no longer will we require to dance to any beat but our own.
See, the whole being a DJ, or paying money to see someone else spin tracks that yet another person made, thing, is based upon excitement.
Ex-sight-meant: The search for meaning outside of oneself.
In a sense, the entire music industry is a diversion. If you look back on your life, you can probably locate that point in time in which you were sold the idea that something like a concert was worthwhile because it was ex-sight-ing.
Maybe it was that cool friend you had in high school: the one you looked up to. The one that dressed cool and got the type of attention you wanted. The one who convinced you to lie to your parents that you were going to stay over at a friends house and you were really going to get drunk and go to a concert.
Whatever the initial conditions were, you decided that that was IT. From that point onward, you defined loud experiences with lots of people dancing as exciting and fun and worthwhile. You gave value to such experiences above other experiences- say, like, babysitting your little brother.
And while it may not have occurred to you at the time, you were actually buying into the multi-billion dollar lie of the entertainment industry. The enter-train-ment industry, where you are trained to pursue experiences for money.
You may be having a reaction within you; he’s making too big a deal about this. Concerts and music festivals are fun. Getting fucked up and dancing is what it’s all about. I mean, what else is there to do, really- build model airplanes?
But before you totally write me off, take a moment to ask yourself self-honestly:
At any point between when you decided that exciting experiences were more valuable than other experiences and now have you actually established total self-intimacy within yourself? Can you truthfully say that you know yourself completely? Do you walk the path that is best for all?
Or have you done what your cool friends did and given more value to seeing DJs perform than getting to know yourself?
This is the situation I find myself in. I decided that, within life, the pursuit of exciting experiences was the end-all and be-all of my existence and everything in my life has been dedicated wholeheartedly to this point.
I remember the moment where I was presented with a choice to simply live a ‘boring’, ‘normal’ life or to take massive amounts of drugs and get into the music scene. And yes, I was aware that walking the latter path would result in people getting hurt because, after all, we live in a world of massive suffering so if I were to pursue a life of self-gratification that would imply not assisting those in pain.
And yet, I was sold on the lie of the entertainment industry. I was sold on the game of the elite: I actually bought their premise that I had so little self-worth that I would simply abdicate my power to change anything in this world and seek entertainment outside of myself because that was the best I could do.
Somewhere in the back of my mind I told myself that after a while I would give up my partying ways and dedicate myself to a life of service. But in not making that my number one priority I sold out to the fantasy of fame and excitement.
I forgive myself for accepting and allowing myself to want and desire to be a DJ.
I forgive myself for accepting and allowing myself to want and desire to be famous.
I forgive myself for not allowing myself to realize that wanting to be famous implies that I didn’t accept myself as who I was and sought validation outside of myself: within a life of excitement copied from someone else who had already lived that life.
I forgive myself for accepting and allowing myself to give into peer pressure to not establish self-intimacy within myself in every moment of breath.
No longer do I require acceptance and validation from outside of myself to tell me that what I am doing is OK. The solution is to not worry about what I am doing, but to establish who I am that is the doer in every moment. This implies living a life based upon principle.
That my parents or friends or society didn’t empower me to know what these principles are or how to apply them within self is not a valid excuse to not apply myself in discovering what it means to walk within what is best for all in every moment. Yes, it will be challenging because I’ve spent the past 24 years doing just the opposite: abdicating, searching, feeling more than others and less than another.
So, I release myself from the desire to be like A because I perceived him to ‘get it’ more than my parents. The more-than lifestyle I perceived him to pursue, and perceived myself as entitled to, is not my birthright. The pursuit of my own self-pleasure is not the highest form of expression, and instead of seeking to participate in that lifestyle, I commit myself here, in this moment, to learn and understand what it means to be a living example in this world.
While it will be a journey, what I’ve gathered so far is that applying self-forgiveness as they arise on points that do not fit in with the principle of what is best for all, practicing self-honesty, and eventually birthing myself as life in the physical are part of the picture here.
The rest is more parts of myself that I have yet to discover.
Another aspect of this process is promoting the Equal Money System. That’s because, within it, no longer will our children be educated to believe that they need to reach a certain level of achievement to be considered acceptable. No longer will they be forced into making the decision that their own lives and the lives of others simply don’t hold the same kind of value as hearing the next big song’s beat drop at the club. No longer will such a befuddling environment be experienced by young people; one that causes them to reach for the drugs to cope with a world that truly, in every way, doesn’t care about them.
That’s because in an Equal Money System, each person will be unconditionally supported to express themselves in the way that is optimal for them. A cookie-cutter life of a DJ with the shades and the stylish fashion will no longer appeal to young people; what interests them and allows them to expand within their own natural self-expression will.
Imagine a world where we don’t have to steal our style from another because the only thing that seems worthwhile is participating in abdication. The peer pressure to not be like Jesus- cause it’s so uncool- will no longer even be relevant. What’s best for all will be the norm and if you want to try something you haven’t tried before, to express yourself in a novel way, you won’t have to fear that your ostracization will result in you getting shut out of the money system.
No longer will the social sphere mimic this hierarchical economic system- competition will be uncool. The need to deceptively market our own self-expression- which is what music could be- to make money to survive- will be removed. If you choose to make your music available on the internet: it will be made available to everyone- for free.
Since you are covered by the unconditional basic income of the system, you never have to worry about if your tracks are marketable- survival will be out of the picture.
I mean, weren’t we all getting a little tired of the same old gangsta attitude in music? Support an Equal Money System and bring about a culture that doesn’t mimic the hierarchy of the unequal money system- one where unconditional self-expression is supported by all and we are free to explore what it means to be alive for the very first time.