What could the story be? What are the first steps available to us?
We're talking about a new system that makes the old obsolete. What could the story be? What are the first steps available to us?
Different types of hierarchical assumptions are embedded in the structure of a culture that self justifies by assuming its necessity. But it's inherently oppressive and is founded on an illegitimate system of values of axiomatic self-entitlement. We are told slavery has ended and forms of oppression belong to a by-gone era. But hierarchical oppressions still persist globally and inter-generationally under the false rationale that said oppressions are somehow necessary. The price we pay for things in the shops or the profits we obtain from companies, do not pay sufficient reward to the laborer in the poorest countries. The system is unfeeling and over-rationalized and reductionist; it believes in its own self-justifying necessity; it fears being replaced.
The holistic nature of sociality ensures that the hierarchical structures continue to be self-empowered and perpetuate untruths of individualism, fear, and reductionism as being necessities.
To make progress we need to recognize the myth that is embedded in the very identities that we are hard-pressed to give up. To overcome the oppressive hierarchies would be to end something we feel entitled to. We, therefore, want to begin with steps towards creating the feeling of new entitlements that recognize our authentic being in the community; and don't tell the story of threatening capitalist culture which is the 'way of life' for many. If you threaten the system it pushes back and creates divides and counter-rhetoric.
The story could instead concern creating a new flourishing a vibrant culture. This includes a culture of feeling, sharing, listening, discussion, new perspectives, meeting diverse stories, across multiple communities at different scales. It need not be about getting power because that will happen when people within the communities and cultures have learned to trust each other in dialogue and then decide to take back control.
It is first about taking the steps available to support the emergence of this vibrant culture of engaging everyone with everyone else - a diversity of voices - the facilitation of listening, hanging out with others, sharing and learning in all those spaces in which a culture of discussion and mutual recognition can begin to take hold.