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Smoke and mirrors, Sausage Factory, Lesser Evils and YOU Making a Difference

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Those are phrases used to describe politics. 
Things are getting uglier. 
I'm finally coming to face the reality that voting only feeds into the illusion the system creates that different candidates really make a difference. The truth is, voting for the lesser of two evils only moves us towards the next election with two worse evils. 

I don't have any concrete answers, except that I'm certain that depending on election day to set things right is far from enough. We must become activists, fighting for a just, fair future where human rights are put before corporate rights. 

We must work, as part of the activist effort to awaken those who sleep comfortably within the illusion that they have freedom, that they have rights. 

We must not fall prey to the delusion that we can do the work of the oppressed for them. We can wake them up and help them, but they must do the work. 

We can embrace the hope that we do not need to wake up everyone. The eighty twenty law teaches us that if we wake up just a small percentage to become activists, that will be enough. Even one or two percent, if they get out in the streets, can make a big difference. 

It takes more than signing petitions or forwarding emails. 

Go to one of the emerging spring Occupy meetings or actions. 

Give to activist organizations and the media that support them.

Make it a regular practice, like exercise or meditation. 

There is hope, but it will not come from the usual and customary political sources. 
You can make a difference. Small Acts DO change the world. 

 

Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind.  Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives  one person at a time was too slow, he founded Opednews.com-- which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big)  to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization Project. 

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Thank you for the essay. I couldn't agree more. An... by Sage on Sunday, Mar 25, 2012 at 10:38:27 AM
Rob, I agree completely that voting for the lesser... by June Genis on Sunday, Mar 25, 2012 at 11:18:36 AM
June, you are right on target. If we all refused t... by Stephen Unger on Sunday, Mar 25, 2012 at 7:30:25 PM
Can it be?  "Turn on, tune in, drop out" Timo... by steveswimmer on Sunday, Mar 25, 2012 at 11:27:18 AM
Seems to me the political (non-emotional) approach... by Jim Arnold on Sunday, Mar 25, 2012 at 1:59:47 PM
[[hippie]]... by Michael Dewey on Sunday, Mar 25, 2012 at 2:22:47 PM
I don't have any concrete answers, except that I'm... by Michael Dewey on Sunday, Mar 25, 2012 at 2:24:08 PM
make a difference towards goodness. It is a long w... by Mark Sashine on Sunday, Mar 25, 2012 at 2:24:49 PM
I agree that voting is not sufficient and a more ... by Randy Moor on Sunday, Mar 25, 2012 at 3:24:19 PM
Almost daily I see news of activists in countries ... by Richmond Shreve on Sunday, Mar 25, 2012 at 4:58:46 PM
I attended a talk tonight by Ward Wilson, on the t... by Rob Kall on Sunday, Mar 25, 2012 at 8:12:26 PM
First, voting counts, a lot, if smart. Second, wha... by BFalcon on Monday, Mar 26, 2012 at 6:15:04 AM
If not THE most effective activist organization, t... by Richmond Shreve on Monday, Mar 26, 2012 at 5:05:31 PM
It is almost a Messianic revolutionnary message, R... by aberamsay on Sunday, Mar 25, 2012 at 6:05:54 PM
Neither mainstream political party represents the ... by Vernon Huffman on Sunday, Mar 25, 2012 at 6:58:53 PM
spoken during the 70's.  Nothing changed.Peop... by Doc McCoy on Sunday, Mar 25, 2012 at 8:55:47 PM
When the babies are trolls and spooks, and the 'ba... by Ned Lud on Monday, Mar 26, 2012 at 10:53:21 AM
is an image projected by MSM: nothing changes, lef... by Mark Sashine on Monday, Mar 26, 2012 at 11:19:51 AM
I've been posting for several years, urging people... by David McCorquodale on Monday, Mar 26, 2012 at 8:53:39 AM
the problem, as I see it, is that our votes don't ... by Ginger McClemons on Thursday, Mar 29, 2012 at 9:11:21 AM
My dream is to fulfill Isaiah 23:17-18 and 24:21-2... by Michael Dewey on Thursday, Mar 29, 2012 at 10:27:52 AM