Inactivism: Sit Down For Your Beliefs

Time to change the world.  No time to put on a shirt. Image by Wiros via Flickr.

Time to change the world. No time to put on a shirt.
Image by Wiros via Flickr.

“You must become the change you wish to see in the world.” – Mahatma Ghandi

When we look at the world around us, there is no shortage of problems in need of solving, and some individuals have taken the initiative to work toward the solutions. One may ask, how much is enough? That is, how much can one do to change the world without being expected to do any more? Jerome Kipling seeks to answer that question with a new movement he has started called Inactivism.

“I see the problems in the world and it makes me mad,” said Kipling between sips of Red Bull. “And I think that helps. I’m aware, I’m informed, and I’m outraged.  I’m already better off than 90% of the population who are ignorant, misinformed, or apathetic. What are they doing to help anyone?”

Kipling is an unemployed, 23 year-old, white male, and college graduate who lives in his parents’ basement.  He mostly spends his time smoking weed and starting arguments with strangers on the Internet.

“I can’t be tied down to a wage-slave job when there is so much injustice in the world,” Kipling told TMS with the deep conviction of a man who swore off all forms of ruffled, wavy, or ridged potato chips three months ago and never looked back. “I intend to set the Internet ablaze with truth and expose injustice wherever it exists; especially if it exists somewhere in my basement, cuz that’s where my stuff is.”

And while his peers are organizing rallies and demonstrations, and occupying various streets, Kipling is content to do his work from the comfort of his ergonomic chair, never more than the length of a controller cable from his XBox One.

“I’m not saying protesting doesn’t work, or that it doesn’t have its place, I’m just saying–”

Jerome didn’t complete that sentence. He was just entirely too high.

And Jerome is not alone. Thanks to social media, he was able to reach out and connect to others who felt the same.

“It’s growing everyday,” Kipling said of his Facebook group dedicated to Inactivism. “And we represent a cross-section of the culture. We have guys; we have girls. I think one guy is black. Or Indian. It’s hard to tell in his profile pic.”


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