How to Destroy History in 3 Easy Steps
Destroy history, or be destined to act it out like a shitty reality TV show.
People speak about history as though it exists as a consistent whole. People enjoy talking about this or that piece of history as if it really happened. A woman recently told me about a book called “Don’t Sleep, There’s Snakes.” In the book, a missionary attempts to convert a so-called primitive tribe to the evils of christianity. He discovers that the people of the tribe do not accept as fact anything that was not witnessed by someone present during the discussion.
When he tells the tribe about Jesus, they stop him. One of the tribal people asks everyone present if any of them have met this Jesus character. When everyone says, “no,” they drop the subject and move on to something else. After many trials and tribulations, the missionary converts to the tribal life.
This article is my way of inviting you into the tribal life too, at least in spirit.
“Liberation, in its truest sense, consists of rejecting everything you have ever been taught and replacing it with only that which you have experienced as having value.” -Vine DeLoria Jr.
How to Destroy History:
1. Keep your mind in the same place as your body at all times.
This step will keep you from drifting into fantasy about historical fictions. Many people enjoy using history as a way to feel victimized and/or superior to other people. The buddha walked away from the caste system to explore personal sovereignty. Will you do the same?
2. Explore the difference between the physiological experience of your life and all the stories you have ever heard or read.
Parents, teachers, and friends all tell us stories. So does the TeeVee. The unbroken chain of your life experience is not the same as the stories. Stories have value in limited contexts. Some stories can inspire action and exploration. This story I am telling you right now might inspire you to take action and to explore. When you do so, you will experience your own results. Then you can base further exploration on those results. With your personal experience as a guide, you can use stories for inspiration.
3. Whenever you hear a story, especially a piece of so-called history, ask yourself the following questions:
“Who is telling me this story?”
“What motivated this person or group to tell me this story?”
“How does the story make me feel?”
“What effect would it have on me to believe the story is true?”
“Who benefits from people believing in the truth of the story?”
“Could this story be a form of manipulation? How so?”
You have no need to believe in the truth of any stories. Instead, take stories for what they are: attempts to get you to think in a certain way about certain things. For example, what effect does it have to believe in the presidency? Have you ever met this President? Can you verify the existence of society? Where does the government exist?
Pay attention to what’s going on 6 feet in front of your face. That is the only place you have to operate in. By destroying history in your mind, you can earn the freedom to take part in the only thing you really have, the life going on right in front of you now.