|Beautiful resistance is everywhere because it is the natural response to harmful people and practices.|
The capitalist consumer model is a monolith that will not easily be brought down. Over a long enough time frame it will be the author of its own demise, but if we wait that long we are sure to be brought down with it.
I do not expect the collapse of consumerism in my time. It could take several generations for this behemoth to be overcome, or die a natural death.
But that does not mean we can't chip away at it a little bit each day with every decision we make. Any time we choose to increase our own freedom and self-reliance can be an act of beautiful resistance.
For me that means living a frugal, enjoyable lifestyle without most of what others take for granted.
It means cooking all our food from scratch, and only driving when necessary. It means conserving resources, planting a garden and learning new skills. Boycotts and divestment can be personally satisfying and are powerful agents of change. These moments feel good.
Beautiful resistance happens with each decision that removes our support from a harmful system bent on planetary destruction. It is the natural response to harm, and while it may not topple the whole heap tomorrow, it will make it wobble and lurch closer to its ultimate demise.
What forms of beautiful resistance do you prefer?