“When I started pursuing the building of a movement toward an interactive electoral system several years ago, I felt that my life had led Me to an understanding that human Beings are happiest, and most harmonious, when They are given the capacity to make their decisions in their lives when They feel ready. Forcing decisions out of People when They have outstanding questions which have not been openly answered creates an undercurrent of resentment and frustration throughout their society, which ends up scattering in ways that burden relationships, undermine and sap motivation, and degrade individual worth. An interactive electoral system is a display of faith in our fellow human Beings.
“Since deciding to move in this direction of faith in my fellow human Beings, no One who has sincerely participated in this movement of respectful collaboration has given Me anything but confirmation that this faith is not misplaced.”
“… [Psam] explained the ISS and the idea of being sovereign to me. I came to my own conclusions before I joined. I liked the idea that I get a say in what my laws are. I liked the principles and believed, and still do, that I could benefit from them. And being with a group of people who are focused on those principles in a society where we are all in contact with one another helps me to be less guarded, more open, more respectful. All the members I have met so far are good people. It’s nice to finally find a place where I can feel like I belong.”
“Joining the ISS is really a unique action because it is not only a protest against something (unaccountable and corrupt governance) but also an attempt to build something in its place. It’s sort of a dual-empowerment thing — on the one hand the ISS is trying to form the values (and eventual basis for institutions) that members want to see in a free society, while at the same time creating the space for that new world by critically viewing (or, in the case of non-dual members who wish to be sovereign, disassociating from) the institutions that keep us from having a participatory democracy that honours those values. I find the ISS encouraging because this latter part is something that has been missing in a lot of similar struggles in the past. So it’s not just that ISS members are calling for change, but are willing to take responsibility for the transformation they want to see.”
– Carol (prime representative Sept 2012 – February 2014)