Friday, September 08, 2006

Rejuvination before Annihilation

“And it was a like a rising up. There were no leaders, for example. When we look back, in history, we try to pinpoint who was leading this, and who was leading that. There were no leaders. This was a spontaneous arising of an American spirit set, within enough people—not a majority, not an awful lot—but enough to change the course of history, in the same way that the Revolution had a few hundred years earlier. This just arose spontaneously all over the country—and in other parts of the world, by the way.

Because we had reached a peak. We had reached a moment in history where our traditional thoughts and traditional adherences—to custom and to authority—had brought us to the brink of a global disaster, the likes of which the world had never even thought about.

And enough people said, ‘No, we’re not doin’ this anymore. We’re not just goin’ thoughtlessly anymore. We gotta think for ourselves. You can’t trust the authority."
- Arlo Guthrie -

What was true in the 60's remains true today..."We should again be saying, "No, we're not doin' this anymore. We're not just goin' thoughtlessly anymore. We gotta think for oursleves. You can't trust the authority." The time for blindlessly trusting and following the design of a corporatist mindset is behind us and remaining in lockstep with their ideals is absolutely destroying the people. Yeah...okay, it's really good for a few of us, but what about the other 95% of the people? What about the people who are sliding down the hill or have already reached the bottom? Our social capital has deteriorated at the hands of the corporatists as they have spun their web of greed. As a result, our economic inequality has never been so apparent!

And the condensation of wealth, along with the social alienation of the people, continues to widen the chasm between the elite and the rest of us. Perhaps when the truth can no longer be ignored, and the lines sharpen, the people will finally recognize the madness, and decide civilization has to change!

As Tolstoy so eloquently puts it, I sit on a man's back, choking him, and making him carry me, and yet assure myself and others that I am very sorry for him and wish to ease his lot by any means possible, except getting off his back." Each one of us, in varying degrees, can be held responsible for allowing this inequality to happen! And every single one of us carry the responsibility of correcting the social injustices we witness daily! The people must find a way to reverse this commodification, and tear down the walls of which they themselves have helped build! We have been duped for so long, and our awakening is so slow, that I'm concerned the people will have to endure great suffering at the hands of the corporatists before we determine it's in our best interest to make a stand and fight for change! We need a rejuvination of the spirit of the 60's before we're faced with annihilation by indifference!

I don't know if we can stop the train wreck in time or if we the people will awaken in time, but one thing I truly believe, the time will come when the people will have no choice whatsoever, and the decision to build or participate in knowledge based communities will no longer be a matter of personal choice,... but rather... one of necessity!


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