Missions of Light – Introduction
by Aspen – ABCU|8 team
What is your Mission of Light? Are you one of those patriots who wants to help but is not quite sure how to begin? This series of articles “Missions of Light” is for you.
There are many roles in the cyber militia, as information warriors come in all shapes and sizes. Roles are available to fit each warrior’s skills, interests, and time commitment.
The mainstream media is not doing their job, so we aim to replace them. Big media companies will become much less important. What is emerging is a grassroots collaboration inspired by common goals. The new organization is fluid and flexible, ever-changing and adapting as new tasks present themselves. Together, we are reshaping the world, replacing stale paradigms with fresh new ones tailored to our needs.
Mission 1. Research/Dig. The research mission is fundamental to all the others. Researchers uncover relevant facts using open sources. Avidly curious like a dog uncovering buried bones, they dig and dig until their appetite for facts is satisfied. They share their findings with others on forums, image boards, discords, blogs, or social media, documenting their discoveries to make the information available.
Mission 2. Meme. Memers often major in visual presentation skills. We value memers’ ability to capture the essence of an idea in a few words accompanied by well-chosen images. They often use irony, humor, beauty, exaggeration, etc. to drive the message home. You don’t have to be a Photoshop genius to become a great memer.
Mission 3. Social Media. This mission encompasses several subcategories. At a basic level, a social media warrior might begin by simply establishing accounts on twitter, parler, gab, instagram, etc. and Liking or Retweeting informative posts. Warriors with the journalist/writer specialty get information from a variety of sources and share it by tweeting, writing, podcasting, or posting. Their goal is not to imitate a mainstream media anchor, but to offer something the Mockingbird media lacks: candor, truth, and analysis.
Mission 4. Talk to people in your life. Some warriors are naturally gregarious, and strike up an easy conversation at the grocery store or with a delivery driver. They keep family in the loop by telephone, instant messaging, or email. They are good listeners and know how to ask the kinds of questions that lead others to uncover truths for themselves.
Mission 5. Pray/Encourage. Many in this movement are people of faith. “Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.” I Cor. 12:27 Recognizing that some are called as teachers, healers, administrators, givers, etc., those who select this mission encourage and support other warriors.
Mission 6. Local Politics. Some warriors exert their influence in the local sphere. They attend town or city council meetings, get a role in the homeowner’s association, voice their opinions to the planning board, or run for a position on the school board. They write letters to the editor or publish a neighborhood newsletter. Through participation in public life, they establish liaisons with other patriots. While serving their community they become an advocate for local citizens. For some, a local beginning precedes their rise into state or national politics.
Stay tuned! ABCU|8 plans further articles on the individual Missions of Light.