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Participation in our project is based on several principles that are mandatory for all members.
Participation is completely voluntary and implies real activity. We don‘t have and won’t tolerate those who join as a formality or «because it's cool and there are people to hang out with». Practical work aimed at getting results is impossible without strict self-discipline in relation to your duties.
Those who embark on a task has to:
- Be sure that they are actually capable of doing it. It is good to try out new things, but a task that is too difficult for the person performing it leads to a senseless waste of time and resources without any results.
- Determine the time necessary to complete the task as precisely as possible, while keeping in mind that they have to lead a «normal» life with its «normal» job, relatives, illnesses and other predictable and unpredictable events.
- Complete the task or report about your inability to do so. We take objective-setting very seriously, so we don‘t have any tasks that have to be done «just because we’ve always done it». Every task must be completed, and if someone cannot complete their task for some reason, they have to report it as soon as possible so that it would be reassigned.
We have to emphasize once more that first and foremost we rely on self-discipline of every participant. We don‘t have an overseer with a whip who would control your every move - or lack thereof. But if someone’s self-discipline should suddenly fail, this situation will soon be noted by others and provoke a reaction according to the circumstances.
Initiative is a willingness to perform the duties of the project by yourself and without constant reminders or supervision.
Any voluntary organization lives by the initiative of its members. But any initiative for action requires motivation.
Our project is aimed at a radical transformation of society, and the motivation for this is the current state of said society.
Every social problem, every case of injustice and despondency - all of this provokes an equal and opposite reaction in the people. Most often this reaction is expressed in a very narrow range of options: from verbal battles in the kitchen or on the Internet, to its extreme forms - aggression directed at bystanders, or, «at best», at lowly underlings.
Empty irritation and aggression caused by a badly-ordered society we transform within ourselves into motivation and initiative aimed at uncovering the root of these problems and accomplishing the goals of our project.
This means that someone who is really interested in our goals must have initiative and a will for action.
Initiative is one of the main conditions of membership in our project. We cannot - and must not - coerce people into action This particular case concerns only the members of the project, but awakening initiative in the surrounding society is one of our main goals.. If someone lacks initiative, this means that they are actually mostly okay with everything around them. They don‘t want to exert themselves and do something about it, just to complain and hear some words of support in return, and are usually satisfied with that. We are not a psychological support group, so we don’t need and won't have such people in our ranks.
Initiative is mandatory for all participants
Dedication is willingness to spend personal resources to achieve the goals of the project.
It is a sacrifice of time, energy and funds. The participant becomes part of the project on one hand, and the project becomes a part of their lives on the other.
Participation in our project requires a lot of dedication. The easiest way to describe it is as a «second job», but without the salary. At first glance this may seem exceedingly difficult. But such an outlook is only true for someone without purpose, initiative and discipline. Such people cannot participate in our project by definition.
In practice, a high level of dedication is quite easy to reach. You just have to carefully examine your usual expenses in all aspects of everyday existence, and then, after composing a comprehensive list, write off anything that has no practical purpose or a specific goal. Most likely you will free a lot of resources this way. The hardest part is to critically analyze your activities and be as impartial as possible, since you may have to sacrifice a hobby or some lifestyle choices. On one side of the scales lies the preservation of familiar if tiresome existence, on another - a fight for the right to define our future by ourselves.
Every person makes this choice by themselves, usually gradually: at the start people try to combine their usual life and work on the project. But human abilities are objectively limited and this forces to make a choice, sooner or later, because it's impossible to completely preserve a previous lifestyle and add radically new elements to it. Something has to be left behind.
Every participant must be dedicated to the cause of the project
Innovation is a creative approach to work and willingness to bring and implement new ideas.
Any creative process that stands at the cutting edge of progress has to deal with the unknown and therefore gives birth to new ideas and decisions.
Innovation may be called one of the cornerstones of our project. The idea of a practical implementation of a fair and just social order is fairly young in historical terms, and therefore new by itself. Its adaptation to constantly changing conditions of the real world is based on the latest ideas and achievements of humanity, opening new horizons and setting new goals, which makes our project innovative by definition.
We strive to renew the old and implement the new, improve the lives of people whether through establishing a new social order or solving practical issues.
Every participant has to develop a creative approach to work and society
Collectivism means making decisions and enacting them collaboratively._ In fact, this implies cooperative thought and cooperative action.
Nowadays it is rather difficult to learn to think and act collectively. The dominant ideology proclaims the superiority of the «I» over the «We». It tells everyone that «you have nothing in common with other people, and you should put your momentary whims above all else». Which is a blatant lie The interests of working people are mostly the same, and completely opposite to the interests of those who exploit them, which will be covered in more detail in a later article., necessary for the present system to preserve its stability because it separates people and makes them unable to mount an organized resistance.
Our goals require a collectivist way of thought and action, from the very beginning to the very end. Only a well-coordinated and thoughtful collective can achieve such monumental objectives, which are beyond the reach of a single person, no matter how talented.
There is one important warning to consider. Collectivism is more than just cooperative decision-making on specific tasks and their implementation. It is also cooperative management of the collective itself, which isn't nearly as easy.
Our usual life under the government of a privileged «elite» has, apart from its negative side (all issues are usually resolved in favor of said «elite»), also possesses a sort-of positive side: we are free from the burden of making decisions about our lives. Which means we are free from responsibility for the results of these decisions. This allows some to console themselves by thinking «everything bad happens because of bad decisions made by bad people».
Rejecting the usual passive approach to government is one of the most crucial moments in achieving real cooperative management in the project and in society in general.
If this condition is not satisfied, the collective will most likely decay by reproducing within itself the familiar model of government with its division into a passive majority and an active «elite».
Every member participates in cooperative making and enacting decisions
Self-improvement means constant development of one's skills and acquisition of new knowledge.
The more someone knows and the better they are at using this knowledge, the faster they are at completing various tasks. But, due to the objective time constraints, any single person can only be proficient in just a few areas of the gigantic mass of human knowledge. This makes getting your priorities straight very important.
First of all this concerns professional work-related activities. Maintaining and improving your qualification helps solve a wide range of issues:
- Provide funds for a living. The project and its participants must be independent from outside funding.
- Earn the respect of your peers. Only someone who proves themselves well as a professional can count on having people's attention in other matters, therefore influencing the opinions of others.
- Understand how the professional environment works from within. The more we know about the inner workings of systems that are important for the economy, the more opportunities we have to influence, improve and restore them.
Professional development is good, but not enough. It is also advisable to constantly broaden your knowledge and skills in areas that are outside your usual sphere of interests. This provides a better understanding of society, and a new outlook on familiar things, and also gives more confidence in your abilities in critical situations.
A third, no less important component of self-improvement is general physical fitness. A healthy and robust body As possible within the boundaries set by the environment, whether material constraints, lack of time or quality foodstuffs, or opportunities for rest and training. serves as a good foundation for active and fruitful work. Letting yourself go to a point where you become a total wreck, while explaining it with «high intellectual workload», is just as bad as trying to excuse the lack of basic skills or knowledge by flexing your muscles.
Every participant strives for balanced self-improvement in various spheres of life
Criticism means exposing contradictions in beliefs and actions.
It is an important skill for those who strive towards practical goals and would like to avoid senseless waste of time and effort.
It is easy to criticize everyone and everything verbally. In practice, such «critics» often leave out whole areas to use their valuable skills at. To avoid ambiguity and duplicity, we should outline the main spheres where criticism is useful.
- The world around us. The rejection of the established order of things and exposure of its contradictions and injustice are the first step towards changing this order. It is also the easiest step, since the problems of the world are usually almost completely out of the critics' power, which frees them from the necessity to act on the results of their criticism. A typical «armchair politician» is a great example of someone who is stuck at this stage.
- The cause we work for. Those who don't just talk, but also act, sooner or later find themselves doing something. At this stage they often make a very dangerous mistake: while still critical of the wider world around them, they become completely blind to the flaws and problems of their own projects. This leads to a lot of wasted time and effort with no visible effect, because those who act consider themselves infallible, even when just a cursory glance could expose a lot of contradictions in their methods. TO avoid this situation, criticism must also target the work that the person is involved in.
- Yourself. This is quite possibly the most difficult area for criticism. It is hard to overcome your own emotions and prejudice and admit to making a mistake, especially if said mistake had cost dearly to others. Self-criticism is necessary to create a working collective where everyone can admit and, better yet, find and correct their own mistakes if possible. Only this approach can ensure coordinated action and mutual respect among the participants.
Criticism is often hard to take, no matter its target. This is why the critic has to inform about uncovered mistakes and contradictions in a constructive manner, withholding possible negative emotions and personal attitude towards the object of criticism. This will increase the chances of criticism being heard.
The criticized should in turn be grateful for any constructive criticism even from opponents, since it provides valuable feedback that allows to correct flaws in actions and saves from piling mistakes up further.
Every participant should be critical of the world around them, the project and themselves
It would be naive to presume that our project consists of people that ideally satisfy all of the criteria outlined above.
Everyone makes mistakes sometimes, anyone can slack, anyone can ignore facts in favor of personal emotions or simply grow tired. Especially those with little experience in the activities that require such principles. This isn't a tragedy, this is what the collective is there for - to help beginners and correct experienced people when they are wrong.