On the phone a few nights ago, my father said oh it's okay, I'll keep on supporting you like I've been doing. When pressed to elaborate, he stated that he pays taxes, & I get food stamps.
He's right. But I made a point to him that he doesn't HAVE to pay taxes. Nobody does. Or go to work. Or have THINGS. In fact, if everyone stopped participating in this system that so many grumble & get stressed about, it would collapse. Then freedom & Earth-sustainability might really, finally come true.
(Instead of how the world is now, where over 95% of the substance of paid labor is not directly connected to one's survival, such as the many paper-shuffling jobs. Survival=having access to organic, whole food; clean water; clean air; free, safe, natural medical care; shelter & clothing appropriate to the climate; freedom from mental/physical slavery in all its forms; real community; living in a symbiotic balance with the environment; true inner peace.)
Of course, I don't NEED food stamps. There's Food Not Bombs, soup kitchens, food boxes, & dumpster diving (all of which I've participated in on many occasions.) But Food Not Bombs is once a day a few times per week; around here, soup kitchens are once per day on weekdays only; food boxes are filled with FDA-approved cans (government cheese: why don't poor ppl have the right to clean, organic, GMO-free, healthy food?); & the majority of dumpsters in this supposedly progressive, yuppified town are purposely locked.
But hey. I could still get by just fine without the (pretentious, reluctant) support of the Amerikan taxpayer. In this country, the $3/day of food stamps to survive on is basically crumbs. Principally, I choose to use this system because it has used us & would continue to do so if allowed. In fact, it wears on us in so many other ways as it is.
I tell ppl that once they know the malignancy of saying "yes" to a certain entity--acquiescing & cooperating because of instant gratification, because of willful ignorance--they deserve whatever consequences they get. You are always saying "yes" to your friends although your gut tells you not to. You pay taxes although you know the majority of it has ALWAYS gone to military business interests: even though you know that I am sort of benefitting from this fucked up system that really should not to be entrusted with sentient beings' lives, a system that tries to destroy everything in its devious way, & I am going to live a life of relative freedom, in the meantime, working for revolution & sustainably while you work your ass off for that item that is destroying lives on Earth as I type this.
You DO have the will & the strength, the responsibility & the power to say "NO!"
Know that bumpersticker that says "Work harder: Millions on welfare are depending on you."? Oh, boo hoo. Bet I know who inspired that instigation to further class war.
I have the privilege of being from an upper-middle class, university-educated, white new-Amerikan background. I know it is fucked. There are ppl born into welfare. They don't want to be there. They want THINGS, god knows why. Maybe they believe the well-paid, PR firm hype.
The point is that if you ARE from a place of relative privilege & you are still going to complain about your (and, subsequently/consequently, the world's) fucked up situation but not actually do anything revolutionary to counter the misery, you deserve whatever you get. I have no sympathy for you anymore.