By Anarchist Prisoner Sean Swain
It is easy to fall into the prison trap of imagining who we are going to be and what we are going to do when we get out. This is something of a past-time in prison, creating wonderful futures in our minds.
It is an effective way to avoid the awful now. And when we avoid the awful now, we engage in a kind of escapism, a self-defeating escapism that contributes to this awful now.
So, what would happen if, instead of dreaming of some future fantasy, we started to imagine what we can do right now? We are not paralyzed by anything other than our own lack of imagination. We are not held back by anything other than our own fear.
We can start like this. We can imagine that we ourselves are the warden. What would we hate to see happen? If we were in the warden’s shoes, what kinds of things would make it difficult to keep the prison going?
Look around. There are all kinds of things you can break without getting caught, or jam, or steal. Little things. But the little things add up. One toilet flushing will cost the prison more money on the water bill. A hundred toilets flushing at the same time will bust the plumbing. Two thousand toilets flushing over and over, will destroy shit.
We outnumber them. We’re smarter than them. We have more to lose and more to gain. If we can just get our heads out of “when we get out”, and get our heads in the now, we can resist and we can change the conditions right now.
Tomorrow is not promised to any of us.
We have now. Right now.
Imagine. Share. Resist.