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"There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom."
- Anais Nin
How much more are we willing to tolerate before we take direct action?
What is our personal pain threshold?
When will we decide that we are less afraid of the State than of living on a planet without trees, without drinkable water, without arable land, without a hint of justice?
In the name of inspiring answers, I'll say ssssshhhhhhh"
Silence your cell phones, your TVs, silence the noise in your head... and just listen. Listen carefully. Can you hear it?
It's a cry from the future, a mournful plea begging us to capture this moment. Can you hear it? Will you hear it? Or have you gotten so accustomed to losing that you choose instead to cover your ears, bury your head -- finding endless excuses and myriad methods to ignore and/or discredit the efforts being made?
Listen again. Listen closer. This is our last, best chance... and what you hear is nothing less than the call to global revolution. How will you answer?
Another world is possible"
There was a time when human slavery was believed too deeply entrenched in American culture to ever be abolished. But the movement to end this "peculiar institution" was made up of individuals willing to recognize that some things in life are bigger than any of us.
Whether they literally risked their lives by rescuing slaves and running the Underground Railroad or played a role by sewing clothes or blankets for escaped slaves or lending financial support or handing out pamphlets or even writing books like Uncle Tom's Cabin, the effort needed every single one of these brave humans doing their part -- small or large.
File under: Tactics, diversity of.
What seems impossible and irreversible today can similarly be addressed when we're willing to wake up and do the hard work" when we're willing to stop making excuses for the reprehensible leaders (sic) -- both political and corporate -- who profit from our complacency.
Suggestion #1: The next time you're about to zone out to a Will & Grace re-run, why not do some deep contemplation instead? Take a good, long look into your heart and an even longer look at the choices you make all day, every day -- not from place of guilt and shame but with a sense of revelation.
Ask yourself if your behavior is in line with your values. Accept the challenge to be better a human being, a more responsible earthling.