On days when an overdose of current reality gives me a substantial case of "the blues," I think of Nader... fighting the Good Fight, always the White Knight working for The Greater Good... and I think, "heck, if Mr. Nader can continue to fight the same battles he's fought all his years and not lose hope or give up, how can I?"
Nonetheless, an honest examination of an assertion of this nature necessitates a critical review:
"Take a sweeping look at history and you will discover that almost all movements that mattered started with just one or two people—from the fight to abolish slavery, to the creations of the environmental, trade union, consumer protection and civil rights movements. One voice becomes two, and then ten, and then thousands."
What did all of those movements amount to if:
- More wealth is NOW at the top of the fiduciary food chain than has been the case since the robber baron era
- Less Black citizens are holding the right to vote due to Draconian drug and prison laws (added to incarceration rates apparently designed to shanghai Blacks, in particular)
- Smaller percentage of home ownership within the Black community
- Frozen minimum wage in too many places while many cost of living necessities escalate in price
- Women fighting the same battles they fought decades ago for control (as in reproductive sovereignty) over their own bodies
- The Military Industrial Complex positioning itself to take a bigger piece of the financial pie than ever
- A litany of False Flags that have resulted in wilted civil liberties, anything but a free press, and State Narratives no different from those of the worst of old Soviet days
- Key trade decisions made behind closed doors that negate the rules that protect citizens, wildlife, and habitat
What do we fight for... if fighting, itself, reinforces a hierarchy based on might... and might making right?
Collapse is largely inevitable at this point... on bankrupt moral grounds alone. But one can easily see where the massive liabilities generated from a reprehensively deregulated global economy (led by Wall St.) are pointing to an inevitable FISCAL COLLAPSE.
And above all else, there IS... in growingly apparent stages... the collapse of Mother Nature (and her myriad ecosystems).
Out of the ashes, the Phoenix of a different WAY of living will emerge.
I marched against Vietnam... only to see the make-war state gain hegemonic control.
I marched for women's rights only to see them fade away.
I supported Civil Rights only to see the Police State show its muscle by "first coming for Black citizens."
I belong to and have donated to all sorts of environmental groups... only to see this beloved planet, the Great Mother/Gaia being poisoned, plundered, punctured, raped, pillaged, and treated like DIRT.
I retain my voice... and continue to Speak Truth and try to act in an exemplary fashion; but the momentum of violent behaviors borne from a state that has made war/violence its main staple won't be stopped until it meets an equal, opposite resistance.
And that resistance cannot be of the same quality, caliber, and character as that signified through fighting, aggression, or violence.
That argues FOR the same paradigm... with its recipe amounting to nothing more than a changing of the guard.
This is a point of Transition. And what our planet--and society--are transitioning into will NOT fit the old norms and it will challenge the imagination of most...
May all good, inspired, imaginative, caring, kind, compassionate persons survive to be part of this New Genesis.