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5 Ways to Unf*ck the World

Unfuck the World-2Gary ‘Z’ McGee, Staff Writer
Waking Times

“I rebel; therefore we exist.” Albert Camus

Here’s the thing: the earth is not fucked. The earth will go on evolving with or without us. In fact, in many ways it is better off without us. No, it’s the human world that’s fucked. Either we adapt and overcome by making cooperation primary and competition secondary, or we’re fucked. It really is that simple. Unfucking the world will not be a walk in the park. It will be a complete upheaval of what we think we know about how human beings are “supposed” to live on this planet. We’ll have to turn the tables on our egos, our so called leaders, and even our loved ones. We’ll have to outgrow being indifferent and get used to being different. We’ll have to awaken and clear outdated, multigenerational patterns that need interrogation and then integration at a higher vibration. Here are five ways to attempt unfucking an otherwise fucked up world. Without further ado, let the unfucking begin.

1.) Unfuck Yourself

“To be human is necessarily to be a vulnerable risk-taker; to be a courageous human is to be good at it.” –Jonathan Lear

Before you can unfuck the world, you have to unfuck yourself and then lead by example. Start by questioning everything, especially yourself. Meditate on everything, and then let it go so you are free to create something new. Do it to the nth degree. Question yourself so hard and so ruthlessly that your bones ache with doubt and your soul trembles with uncertainty. And then let that doubt and uncertainty go. Question your devotion to an unhealthy, unsustainable lifestyle. Then brainstorm on ways to live healthier and more sustainably. Question why you tolerate and defend unjust, inept, and corrupt systems of human governance. Then free-associate ways to make it more just, more competent, and more honest. A mindfuck a day keeps the brainwash away. Question why you’re not doing what it takes too become healthier in mind, body, and soul. Interrogate your ego. Cross-examine your soul. Then take the answers and apply them to the natural world. Get out into nature and have a deep, interdependent conversation with Mother Nature using a language older than words, and then discard what insults her soul. Her soul is your soul, after all. Like Walt Whitman said, “Re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book; dismiss whatever insults your own soul.” Unfucking the world begins at home. If you unfuck yourself again and again, you might earn the right to unfuck the rest of us.

2.) Learn the Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck

“Humanity has advanced, when it has advanced, not because it has been sober, responsible and cautious, but because it has been playful, rebellious, and immature.” –Tom Robbins

Here’s the thing: we live in a grossly misbalanced, rigid, stuck-in-the-muck, head-up-its-ass Apollonian society. In order to balance it out, indeed in order to tonalize an otherwise atonal world, we need to dig down deep into our wild, playful, laugh-out-loud, humorous, drunken Dionysian energy. A primordial energy that could give two blue shits whether or not the powers-that-be approve of our actions. A primal energy that isn’t worried about pissing off authority or rustling the feathers of militant idiots caught-up in their robotic puppetry while gripping rifle butts and splitting the air with their tyrannical heil-fuckery. An ancient energy that gives zero fucks about cultural norms and outdated laws and parochial finger-pointers. We learn to accept what we can’t change, but change what we can’t accept. It’s the kind of laugh-out-loud energy that caused the beautiful Betty White (who just so happens to not give a fuck) to say, “Why do people say ‘grow some balls’? Balls are weak and sensitive. If you wanna be tough, grow a vagina. Those things can take a pounding.”

3.) Become a Well-Armed Lamb (Lion)

“Democracy is two wolves and a lamb deciding on what to eat for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.” –Benjamin Franklin

A well-armed lamb is a lion in sheep’s clothing that has the potential to trump the wolf. A black sheep who has unfucked themselves out of the illusion of being shepherded and into the reality that the world is what we make of it. “The price of being a sheep is boredom,” wrote Hugh Macleod. “The price of being a wolf is loneliness. Choose one or the other with care.” Or we can choose to be the wise lion and really become a force to be reckoned with. Part of unfucking the world is understanding how the world is put together, and that requires knowledge. A well-armed lamb is a wise lion that cannot be ignored. This type of person knows all the rules, but the rules don’t know them. They are artists par excellence. Their medium is human flourishing. Their canvas is the human condition. Their stage is the world. And nothing can stop them from performing. Paraphrasing Picasso, they’ve learned the rules like a pro, so they can break them like an artist.

4.) Count Coup on Tyranny

“Government is actually the worst failure of civilized man. There has never been a really good one, and even those that are most tolerable are arbitrary, cruel, grasping and unintelligent.” –H.L. Mencken

Democracy’s failure as a form of government is surpassed only by all other forms of government, but that doesn’t get it off the hook as an utter failure. Besides, we don’t even live in a democracy anymore. We live in an especially greedy form of oligarchy known as plutocracy. If orange is the new black, then plutocracy is the new tyranny. And it’s fucking up more shit than any other form of tyranny has in the whole of human history. If there’s ever been a reason to count coup on the enemy, it’s this. You want to unfuck the world? Then get out there and fuck up the unhealthy, unsustainable system that is systematically fucking everything else up. Practice ruthless non-violence and cold-blooded civil disobedience. But be prepared. Cops will hate you. All the spoon-fed comfort-junkies will hate you. All the blood-sucking bipartisan fuckers from fuck town will hate you. Your right-wing, head-up-its-elephants-ass conservative family will hate you. Even your left-wing, head-up-its-ass’s-ass liberal family will hate you. All the haters will hate you. But you know what?

The only people mad at you for speaking the truth are those people who are living a lie. Speak the truth anyway, even if it pisses off everyone you know. Like Gloria Steinem said, “The truth will set you free. But first, it will piss you off.” A huge part of unfucking the world is living by example and showing others how to unfuck themselves. And the only way to do that is to be brutally honest with the truth. Never underestimate the power of planting a seed of truth in a fertile mind. A young wannabe activist once asked me, “What if I get caught?” I said, “Motherfucker, you’re already caught. What you should be asking is: what if I get free… And what you should be saying is: The fat-faced tyrants of fuckery may win in the end, but I’ll go down slinging my words in free-speech defiance while trumping them with swift circles of non-violence.” MLK Jr. would have been so proud. Okay, maybe not. But Malcom X would have had my back, for sure.

5.) Fall in Love; Kick Ass; Repeat

“Love does not imply pacifism.” –Derrick Jensen

If you’ve learned how to unfuck yourself and you’ve learned the art of not giving a fuck and you’ve become a well-armed lamb and you’re daily counting coup on tyranny, then you, my friend, have the world by the fucking balls. You have achieved the almost immortal status of getting power over power. You are a fuck-sight closer to achieving Ubermensch status than probably 99.999999% of the population. It’s time to fall in love: in love with the moment, with the universe, with your fellow man, even your enemy; a deep, carnal, agape love that shatters all love-molds. It’s the kind of love that sheds the clunky armor of invulnerability and dons the spiritual flexibility of absolute vulnerability. The kind of love that screams: “carpe the fuck out of that diem!” The beauty of being in this kind of love is that it gives you insurmountable courage. The kind of courage that rises up, draws a line in the sand, and declares to all forms of corruption and tyranny, “You no longer have permission to imprison what I love. I am no longer a slave. Nor will I allow you to enslave others. I am the David your overreaching Goliath heart has been waiting for. Your fuckery stops here!” Like Simone De Beauvoir ingeniously opined, “A freedom that is interested only in denying freedom must be denied.”

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Gary ‘Z’ McGeea former Navy Intelligence Specialist turned philosopher, is the author of Birthday Suit of God and The Looking Glass Man. His works are inspired by the great philosophers of the ages and his wide awake view of the modern world.

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  • TheWorkingNomadDotCom

    Great article! Loved the metaphor of a “A well-armed lamb is a lion in sheep’s clothing that has the potential to trump the wolf”…(has nothing to do with guns, folks).

  • Thanks – except for the f*cking bullsh*t about arming yourself. Nonviolence is the only way to defeat violence – not more violence! Hear the wisdom of Hartsough, Waging Peace (1:02:41) @ and think again.

  • SG

    “Democracy is two wolves and a lamb deciding on what to eat for lunch”

    I disagree.

    *TODAY’s* democracy is like a flock of lambs and a wolf deciding what to eat for lunch. We know what the lambs (the majority) are going to say. But we also know that the wolf (the powerful) isn’t going to give a shit what they say. And in most cases, the wolf has already convinced the lambs that one of them must be eaten, so they divide and turn on each other, each trying to save them self.

  • Take this one cog out of the system: stop using a name that does not belong to you. losethename dot com

  • Logan

    “Democracy is two wolves and a lamb deciding on what to eat for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.” –Benjamin Franklin

    Widely attributed to Franklin on the Internet, sometimes without the second sentence. It is not found in any of his known writings, and the word “lunch” is not known to have appeared anywhere in English literature until the 1820s, decades after his death.

    • Anonymous

      It’s less important who wrote it than it is important that it was written. Just replace Franklin with anonymous: Me, apparently. Easy! 🙂

  • If you want to deprogram yourself and change the movies in your head you first have to learn who put them there and how. You have to learn about Baloneywood, the electronic propagation of memes, and the Xtrevilists that control them.

    Deception is the strongest political force on the planet.

  • Sarah, I can understand how you would not want your children exposed to explicit language but bottom line, their gonna hear it someday somewhere. Better to let them know that people express themselves how ever way feels right to them. That teaches them not to be judgmental. Bottom line, it’s freedom of speech. One must understand that when people start to awaken and realize how the government has screwed us throughout history, it pisses people off! Children use swear words innocently until the adults tell them it’s wrong. That’s what teaches children to judge others. My niece used to tell me she had a “bitch” instead of an “itch”, I would tell her to go ahead!

  • Why do you have to swear? Surely you have the intelligence to describe what you want without resorting to unintelligent swear words? I recommended my daughters to this site because of its amazing articles but now I have to warn them not to visit for some time to avoid this offensive article.
    You clearly realise that swearing may cause offence by the fact you disguise the word in the main title – so why use it?

    Swearing – is not big, not funny, not clever. Why not find some other words instead then you could add variety and interest to your subject!

    • Anonymous

      There is empowerment and an added emphasis in vulgarity. It’s understandable if you don’t appreciate it. But really you should just look at it as another “style” of communication.

      • Jim Nayzeeum


  • MegaMan

    F☆cking Gloria Steinem in #4? Ok I forgive you.
    Rest was good stuff. CHEERS!

  • Jim Magee

    As one of my poems says “THE MANY ARE GREATER THAN THE FEW” In other words: “The Many” (Approx 7 Billion people) AKA “WE THE PEOPLE” Vs “The Few (Between 1,000 – 10,000 People, World-wide and it’s only a guess, but a damn good one, I’m guessing) AKA “THE POWERS THAT SHOULD NOT BE” and here’s the real concept to consider and then hopefully to adopt!

    If everyone world-wide – every single citizen around the world, that keeps the world running by their simple obligatory payments or they go to jail or some service is shut off – phones, electricity, and all types of taxes – house taxes in particular (all you who think you own your $350,000 home – you don’t pay your yearly house tax, it doesn’t matter if you have payed every dime of mortgage and own your house free and clear – you miss paying your tax – THEY TAKE AWAY YOUR HOME – IN OTHER WORDS YOU NEVER REALLY OWN YOUR HOME, YOU RENT IT FROM THE “TAXMAN”) (“Let me tell you how it will be – there’s 01 for you, 19 for me” George Harrison – the Beatles)… continue – If you all would immediately stop paying (not a few, or even some – everyone – it won’t work unless backed by the masses) stop paying every kind of tyrannical monetary enforcement, the world, as a whole would not quietly grind to a slow-down – IT WOULD SLAM TO AN “EARTH-SHATTERING” STOP and in no time at all, “we the people” would hopefully elect the smartest people possible to help us together, re-organize and “UN-FUCK OUR WORLD”!

    Here’s another quick point to consider – who do you want in-charge of helping to reorganize the world? Someone with an IQ less the 100 or someone with a genius IQ? I think Leaders should all be of genius IQ level – bare minimum of 170 IQ. Smart people don’t want wars – they will always find a more peaceful, more harmonious way of doing things because “IF IT ISN’T GOOD FOR EVERYONE – THEN IT ISN’T GOOD FOR ANYONE!”

    • MegaMan


  • daniel tremblay

    Now I’m totally phucking ‘GUILTY!’ how due you unfuck the phucked?

    • Palo

      don’t lay your trip on it, don’t turn it into a drama…
      just lead by example, that is how you unfuck the fucked.
      “Be the change you want to see in the world.” – Ghandi

  • Victor Gagnon

    Great fucking article.

  • I read this a few days ago and thinking arriving at kindness a better solution to unfucking.

    Kindness by Naomi Shihab Nye (from The Words Under the Words: Selected Poems)
    Before you know what kindness really is
    you must lose things,
    feel the future dissolve in a moment
    like salt in a weakened broth.
    What you held in your hand,
    what you counted and carefully saved,
    all this must go so you know
    how desolate the landscape can be
    between the regions of kindness.
    How you ride and ride
    thinking the bus will never stop,
    the passengers eating maize and chicken
    will stare out the window forever.
    Before you learn the tender gravity of kindness,
    you must travel where the Indian in a white poncho
    lies dead by the side of the road.
    You must see how this could be you,
    how he too was someone
    who journeyed through the night with plans
    and the simple breath that kept him alive.
    Before you know kindness as the deepest thing inside,
    you must know sorrow as the other deepest thing.
    You must wake up with sorrow.
    You must speak to it till your voice
    catches the thread of all sorrows
    and you see the size of the cloth.
    Then it is only kindness that makes sense anymore,
    only kindness that ties your shoes
    and sends you out into the day to mail letters and
    purchase bread,
    only kindness that raises its head
    from the crowd of the world to say
    it is I you have been looking for,
    and then goes with you every where
    like a shadow or a friend.

    • Thank you. Beautiful.

    • Linda

      you can be kind while ruthlessly unfucking the world

    • Gary Z McGee

      Indeed, kindness IS unfucking the world. 🙂

  • Carol

    Brilliant! Especially point 5 – Love. Sometimes I forget to love, then I remember that they enemy wants me to hate. Hate is a prison. Love will set you free.

  • Anonymous

    True, Unfuck yourself, and everything will fall into place.
    🙂 <3

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  • Mark

    Probably the easiest way to screw “democratic” tyranny up is passive non-compliance and the asking of endless questions.

    If someone in some government agency demands you take some action (pay a tax, submit to a search, send in some form, get some sort of insurance, register, etc.) do not voluntarily comply. The ponderous system can only run because of voluntary compliance. If enough people in a country passively resisted (without being aggressive – they understand aggression), by the asking of endless questions or asking for clarification (for example, about the definition of certain words because you don’t want to make a mistake) then the system would soon collapse under its own weight as the costs of then trying to get compliance would soar.

  • I like this one.
    Unf*cking myself is the primary objective, and this means to recognize ( through meditation/insight) that “no thing” is wrong with me . You need nothing and you are already” perfect” right in this moment(without the story of “me” and what would make “me” & the world better) .
    If I am not present my world is f*cked (as a co creator the two are not separate).
    Primary being is first and right action flows from it.

    Peace and Love .

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