Why You Are Here

Posted in Goodfather on May 8, 2009 by daveroom

Let me tell you why you are here. You’re here because you know something. What you know may not be fully actionable. But you feel it. You’ve felt it your entire life – that there’s something wrong with the world. You don’t know what exactly it is, but it’s there. Sometimes it’s a splinter in your mind, driving you batty. Other times, it’s a memory stored so remotely that as much as you reach you can’t quite put a finger on it. It is this feeling that has brought you here.

Some recognize it as progress or economic development, focusing their attention and adulation on technology advances and wealth creation. Some promote it as laissez-faire economics, and celebrate its supposed trickle-down nature. Others glorify it as globalization or vilify it as the global economic system. Economists call it the materials economy. Some label it oxymoronically “free trade” and some of those suggest we need a bit more “fair trade”. Still others revile it as disaster capitalism. Some think it reflects neo-conservative or otherwise nefarious plots to control the planet’s resources. Others see it as the logical course of neoliberal thinking. We are all dependent on it. It is the proverbial elephant in every room.

I think you have a sense of what I’m talking about. Later, I will tell you more about what it is. For now, suffice to say that it is the natural progression of a set of values that underlie the dominant culture. It has evolved into a self reinforcing system – a virtual machine – that provides virtually all of the things we need, we think we need, and we use and in the process, constrain our choices and possibilities. For lack of a better name and the need of short identifier, I’ll call it “The Market”.

The Market is everywhere, all around us, in between the pixels on your screen. You can see it when you look out the window or when you turn on the tv. You can feel it when you drive to work, when you get paid, when you pay your bills. You hear it when you walk down the street, when you talk on the cell phone, when you plug in. It is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth. What truth you may ask.

The truth is you are all slaves. Like everyone else you were born into an economic cage. Unfortunately, no one can be told what The Market represents with respect to our cult. You have to see it for yourself. You are at the crossroads. The implications of the path you choose will ripple into the future. Take the gray pill, the story ends, and you fall back asleep into your ‘normal’ life. Take the Green Pill, you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes.

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The Goodfather

Posted in Goodfather with tags , , , , on January 18, 2009 by daveroom

the-godfather-black-teeLast year I went to a Dead Prez concert at the Shattuck Downlow.  All three brothas on stage were wearing Godfather t-shirts, at least that is what I thought at first.  After about twenty minutes, it hit me – their shirts said Goodfather. There was an extra “o” that completely changed my perception of the shirt.

the-goodmother-black-female-teeEver since then I have been looking for the shirt and contemplating what it is to be a Goodfather.  I never found it even at Cafe Press so I had some made up with the intention of using the shirts for social change.  I know that people in general have an idea what a good father is.  On January 11th, I changed my Facebook status to “Dave is pondering what it means to a good father… What do you think is most important?” and got the following responses:

Rick Naylor at 2:57pm January 11
not being a father myself but I’ll chime in anyway…one word…direction.
Jan Cox Golovich at 3:54pm January 11
What does Melia think?
Ralph Oscar Grant Clark at 4:00pm January 11
Teacher, providor especially in the early years then partner friend confidant in the later years.
Gene Brockhoff at 9:25pm January 11
Modeling. I heard that from you once.
Betsy Totty Guerrero at 9:35pm January 11
Your time…listening with an open heart…honesty…safety...unconditional love…
P.S. Dave~I love the fact that you are putting this out there…very cool!
~B
Mariea Thornell Helfrich at 7:57am January 12
Undivided attention/complete engagement but I wouldn’t doubt you give her that!
Sue Blankman at 11:43am January 12
Cool of you to put that out there. Showing your love, patience, positive affirmation and encouraging/supporting her to do what she loves in life, not instilling fear, teaching her hard work, discipline, respect and kindness to others. And feeding her healthy! 😉
Cherry Pasamba at 8:40am January 15
It seems you’re already doing a wonderful job, Dave…  Unconditional love, an open mind, and lots of guidance and encouragement so Melia can be armed with the confidence she needs to reach for stars and not be afraid to fail. My dad also taught me to think for myself.
Vanina Paula Dibiase at 8:07am January 13
Lots of love and open communication so your girl is not afraid to talk about just about anything
All good points. What I want to add to this conversation is the notion that a good father provides for his child’s future as well as the present, and that for me means actively participation in the emergence of a better future for humanity.  This wil be covered in the book.