Ordinary People

To paraphrase Henry David Thoreau, the masses of modern society have been leading “lives of quiet desperation” for many years.

This “quiet desperation” is an inevitable result of being locked out of participation in the fake democracy we’ve built in the U.S. as well as the feeling that “things will never change.”

However, the quiet is giving way to loud, manic anger and the desperation, breeding with mounting fear and anxiety, is looking more like deep, intense misery. This deadening of hope has caused a wave of sporadic violence which causes a further distancing between people who desperately need to get together to eliminate the cancer of corporate control destroying life on the planet.

When does “resigning yourself to your fate” become giving up on life? At the very least, it limits your possibilities. At its worst, it can crush hope and defeat you, leaving a shrunken husk of a person. This could be likened to the carcass of a former democracy killed through apathy and complacency that we live in. Obviously, one leads to the other.

Yes, we can blame the ownership class for their relentless class warfare, but we can’t blame them for our giving up and allowing the continuation of this monstrous disaster. Some of us fall for the deep indoctrination the fear slingers weave through virtually every piece of information in corporate media.

If you work hard, don’t make waves, fly a flag to show patriotism and follow the commandments of the state-sponsored religion, you will succeed.

Yes, and an angel will drop from heaven and bless you with super powers.

Why do so many of us obey the rulers’ lap dogs who are just obeying their masters? Why don’t we see this second hand obedience for what it is?


One of the reasons for the loss of hope these days is the feeling most of us have that we cannot do anything about.

“I’m just one person. What can I do?”

Well, if everyone (or a significant percentage of the population of ordinary people) does what one person can do, things will change. We need to feel inspired by courageous people around us and find our courage. We all have it. With some of us it’s merely a bit deeper under the many invisible layers of obedience that have been plastered onto us since birth.

We need to throw off the shackles of today’s slavery (obedience) and regain our humanity. Ordinary people can do extraordinary things…

Jackie Robinson (as an ex-Army soldier returning from WWII before he became a legendary baseball player)

Rosa Parks

Fred Hampton & Mark Clark

Mumia Abu-Jamal

George L. Jackson

James Chaney, Mickey Schwerner & Andrew Goodman

Rev. George Lee

Lamar Smith

Herbert Lee & Louis Allen

William Lewis Moore

Medgar Evers

Rev. Bruce Klunder

Jimmie Lee Jackson

Viola Gregg Liuzzo

Rev. James Reeb

Wharlet Jackson

Chelsea Manning

Jeremy Hammond

Deric Lostutter

Waleed Abdulkhair

Gao Zhosheng

Colin Kaepernick

Who’s next?

12 comments on “Ordinary People

  1. An important and timely reminder and wake-up call. πŸ™‚

  2. The problem of Colin Kaepernick being on this list, IMO, is that his brave message was tarnished by his refusal to vote. Remember MLK’s “Give Us the Ballot” speech?

  3. a wonderful
    wake up
    call πŸ™‚

  4. Point taken. To be honest I wasn’t aware of that. I’m often out of communication with the “outside world” for a while so miss a lot of imformation.

    It reminds me of the Anarchists at Zuccotti Park during the Occupy Wall Street movement. They seemed to care about fixing our collective problems, but thought tearing down our government was some sort of cure. It meant, of course, that they trusted the corporate world to do it for some insane reason. Every time I entered a debate with one it ended in the Anarchist becoming frustrated by an inability to counter my points and storming away in anger.

    However, my point was about taking courageous action – ordinary people being inspired by courageous actions and doing something about problems we all face.

    Thanks for the comment.

  5. Thanks. πŸ˜€ I certainly hope so.

  6. Good analogy to the anarchists, and I agree Kaepernick’s action was courageous.

  7. Yes. I learned an interesting thing during my time at OWS. I found that Anarchists and Libertarians, though they have different tactics, are actually very similar. Each movement would destroy government and inevitably result in an apocalyptic nightmare of corporate control where those with access to resources and military strength would have everything while the rest of humanity would struggle and fight each other for the scraps.

  8. Good post, Roy, I agree. One thing every citizen can do is exercise their right to vote. Voter turnout in your country and mine are absolutely deplorable – and symptomatic of this culture of ‘giving up’ you write about here. If there had been a 90-95% voter turnout last November, there would have been a different outcome. And what a difference that would be!!!

  9. Hell, yeah! If the majority of people didn’t suffer from the serious illness of apathy, not only would many more vote, many who didn’t vote last year in the U.S. would have voted for Bernie Sanders and many who voted for trump would have voted for him. The U.S. would be a different country and excuse me if this sounds arrogant – it isn’t intended to be – the entire planet would be better off.

    Thanks for adding to the discussion.

  10. You hit the nail on the head – the world had depended on the leadership of the USA since WWII, and now that Trump decided to make America great again, the rest of the world is on its own. That’s not good.

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