A Pirate's Monologue on Change

A Pirate’s Monologue on Change

Some like to rename the stagnation we are in today as “stability”. In this case the word “stability” only refers to the maintaining of status quo, mostly because it is suited well for traditional politicians and corporations. If we get out of this “stability” it does not necessarily mean that we will find ourselves in a period of “instability”. But let us suppose that a period of “instability” will occur (“Instability” for whom and from what thing?). The word “Instability” has only negative characteristics, with ease, it could have positive connotations as well! Although there is a fear of “instability”, does this mean that we should not move from the old to the new? Should we avoid change and experimentation?

Today we are experiencing hard unstable times and are hoping for a positive outlook. It is not right  to think in such a way. Our rationale is structured by words that mislead our minds trained to think in one dimension. Everything is not black or white, it is always a balance between the two. For example, let us take the word “stability”. Of course it has both positive and negative connotations. The negative parts are for the majority while the positive parts are for the very few who have created this “stability” by imposing laws that supposedly guarantee it, of course to their advantage.

It is right to choose those stability features that are really warranted and reject others that are inherent in the terms of a “going backwards stability”. For example, solidarity ensures stability while a competitive economy impoverishes. Also, respect for human values and an appreciation of diversity support it  whereas the idea  that everything has its price does not. These ensure “a stability with unstable characteristics” that changes its form from the perspective of the “good stability” and can be accepted by all that changes should be made because that’s the way stability prevails!
This is not referring to an economy that needs not be changed but to be repealed at the globalized sense of the prevalence of the strong, the lender against the borrower. Economy needs two to tango, one who sells and one who buys, and are equivalent and equall, with the same value and not by the predominance of the seller. A strong man is not the one who survives but he who coexists.
It should be understood that it is natural new generations to have different opinion and this should be assessed in a positive way and to facilitate its expression. Law of evolution dictates that always there are changes to come and do not bring the overturn of stability because these changes are done to maintain stability.
We basically need a spiritual revolution in everyone’s mind, a restoration of the concepts and a sober analysis of the words, what they really mean, because words have lost their meaning and their proper associative display in our minds. During his life, a man should achieve self-determination and self-realization within society or a team. If he doesn’t achieve them, he alienates himself from society.
An ideal society creates a safety net for its members, giving them the opportunity to hover over the old and the new, fall and then get up and seek new paths. The reconsideration of predefined roles and rigid positions, the simultaneous and successive movements of members in many directione will gradually lead to a new form of stability without interference or obstacles and create the conditions for a critical and creative subversion. Systems change as long as changes occur in their structure and organization.
In certain phases of our lives there are some revisions required; collective revisions by removal of terms, rules and laws that have become dysfunctional and this is not bad at all! With personal responsibility and collectivity, two interrelated senses, we can get rid of the unnecessary weight of representative democracy. We have the technology, it can be done easily. This pretty much Pirate Parties say.
Pirates seek stability in the sense of the revisions and realignments that we have to dare to do through democratic expression processes. We have to show flexibility in revision and negotiate our differences with productive interactions; we must reduce the fear of the “new” and co-shape the sense of stability by integrating the “individual” to the “collective”.
We’ve been trained to see concepts in a disjunctive way. Liquidity brings feelings of uncertainty, but the new could only be actualized  through the overthrow of the status quo. Stability and instability, order and chaos are two sides of the same coin and based on this, we must redefine principles and forces that govern change.
Instability times should not be linked with disaster scenes or disorganizing, but must be considered as a necessary preparation stage for the creation of new structures of a higher degree of organizing. We already know and have seen in the internet that a small ripple can start a completely new process that will drastically change the whole behaviour of the system.
Pirates are the new ingredients, catalysts in the system, in small doses and quantities that will lead to a new set of reactions between the branches and components and compete with its previous mode. Pirates say,  “do not be afraid to experiment”, change is the law of life. Whether we achieve change or not it depends on us; the doses we use, the quantity of ingredients, but always having in mind the interrelationship of stability and instability, of order and chaos.
Sometimes we fail to perceive the hidden order below what we see as complex and superficially unstable and fear of the symptoms of dissolution if we dare to choose an hitherto “unorthodox” solution or behaviour. We must be trained and prepared at every moment for a change of tack and of this is normality and of life. The ideal combination, because of the liquidity of conditions, would be the same flexible in decision-making processes and guarantee the collective decision.
An educated man could redefine and abolish the educational system, or a part of it, by putting important arguments for its effectiveness. And why should we not do it? There is no reason he wouldn’t do it when he realizes that it’s not working anymore. The purpose of education should be innovation not hypnosis, freedom and broadening of horizons not limits and prohibitions. When humanity, as a whole, doesn’t come out for the benefit of education, then it is not called progress and development but regression and stagnation that some like to rename as “stability”.
And after that, politics as we know it up to now, could be redefined too.
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This is a Team Editorial Article and thus is an expressed opinion rather than a statement of policy of any Pirate Party or organisation.
Stathis Leivaditis

About Stathis Leivaditis

The English “pirate” is derived from the Greek word “πειρατής” (peiratēs) and this in turn from the verb “πειράομαι” (peiráomai), “I attempt”, which is a derivative of the noun “πείρα” (peîra), “experience”. Coming from the depths of the centuries, the word “pirate” took on another dimension in our days. The ruling classes saw pirates as rebels and hated them. Rebels without a state, they were not submissive to any law, except from the laws they instituted themselves, improvising together. This is the feeling of a Pirate: when something doesn’t work, you have to attempt to bring a new concept. Sometimes it goes beyond a certain point and perhaps exceeds certain limits, because it is an expression of challenge; the challenge to change the system. I’m a member of the Board (and former chairman) of Pirate Party of Greece, also a member of press team of PPGR, former journalist, now a free lancer. I'm in the team of Pirate Times from the start, I joined voluntarily and consciously because I am interested to meet pirates from around the world, to exchange views and spread the pirate spirit.