As I write this, I'm re-watching Silence of The Lambs-- about a human monster.
sometimes monsters look pretty.
It's one example out of thousands of how we are misled, lied to and deluded into thinking that things are just fine when they are anything but.
We are living in a time when monsters are in charge.
Every where you turn, you may be dealing with a monster that looks like something else. This is not a rare thing. We have become accustomed to it. Like the stink of something rotten, the awareness of the smell "extinguishes" as we experience it for a longer and longer time.
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The stink is still there, but no longer notice it.
But it's worse than that. People die. People are enslaved, literally and metaphorically. Species are wiped out. And the monsters have stopped stinking, because they've been around so long.
So watch that TV, it's addicting, no-one can blame you. And it kills time. Hell. I do. d
Listen to that politician tell you about the injustice he or she is going to set right-- but ignore the votes that protect monster corporations, and ignore how your politician repeatedly allows situations that stab you and your family in the back. Ignore all the people who are suffering because the system exploits them, ruins their lives, poisons them, afflicts them.
What is there to do?
Something. Anything. We never know what it will takes. Sometimes the biggest changes are caused by the smallest actions. You don't know if the tiny thing you do will be THE action that makes a big difference.
So do something. Do something every day. It doesn't have to be big. It doesn't have to take long. But it has to be something. Okay, not every day. How about once a week? I mean, do SOMETHING you don't usually do. And I'm not talking about signing a petition or sending an email Call someone. Walk out your front door and go somewhere. Give someone or some good organization some money, some time. Confront an evil, a monster head on. Go to a place where you know the monsters are hiding, or where the monsters are making money, and do something.
And remember, it doesn't take a majority to make huge changes happen. It usually does not take majority to make big changes happen. Matter of fact, it usually takes a small group of dedicated people to get things started, or a large, but no means a majority-- i.e., 50% plus one. No, the big changes happen because someone like you puts his or herself in the right place or finds his or herself in the right place and realizes that it's possible to do something. Daniel Ellsberg did that. Bradley Manning did that. Nelson Mandela did it. Throughout human history there are thousands of people who have done it not just in the big history stories that the books report, but the small histories of the scores of nations where democracy now thrives. These are small histories that don't make the mainstream news. Howard Zinn taught us that there are different histories to see and know. Zinn, for his book alone, should be acknowledged as a national hero. More we should be scouring the globe for these stories of small acts that make big change happen. We should be identifying heroes who take the steps that change the world. Heroes. Sigh. we use that word so easily to assuage our guilt, to reward people for service. And maybe some of those people really are heroes. But we need to also find and recognize and reward the heroes who stand up to the millions of people who say that you can't do something, that the system can't be beaten, that there are others who are too powerful. Those are the heroes who said f*ck those people who say I can't. I can. I've done it. It feels pretty good. Try it. Then look back and laugh at the losers.
Sometimes monster killers are very small.
Rob Kall is an award winning journalist, inventor, software architect,
connector and visionary. His work and his writing have been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, ABC, the HuffingtonPost, Success, Discover and other media. He's given talks and workshops to Fortune
500 execs and national medical and psychological organizations, and pioneered
first-of-their-kind conferences in Positive Psychology, Brain Science and
Story. He hosts some of the world's smartest, most interesting and powerful
people on his Bottom Up Radio Show,
and founded and publishes one of the top Google- ranked progressive news and
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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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