Monday, December 29, 2008

Dictatorship of the Bodhisattva

The world's most assertive buddhists gathered in a small mythological space. They were sick of the mess the world was in, and they were going to do something about it.

The dictatorship of the proletariat wasn't enough. These buddhists weren't placated with simple communism.  They were anarchists, working for the overthrow of Empire. They were committed to realizing the dictatorship of the Bodhisattva, where compassion rules against all logic. This is the essence of the Asylum Project.

How? This was the strategic question, the crux of the campaign. How could a small group of committed dharma anarchists take over the world? In this age, a good campaign strategy needed to read like a solid business plan.

This is what they set out to do:

1.) hijack media attention. Audio clips, video clips, blogs, emails, text messages, graffiti, underground social networks. get everybody looking in the same direction at once.

2.) spread the message: Rome falls. Empire rots from the inside out, and we, the barbarians howling at the gates, are the new guides.

3.) reframe nonviolent direct action: Does anyone remember how to celebrate? transformation as a practice, not a theory

4.)build consensus: inter-generational, multi-cultural, casteless

5.) market sacred groundskeeping as a sustainable business and viable future

They smiled amongst themselves. Warriors become salesmen, who'd have thought?
Truly, they were writing the new book on the Art of War...

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