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)
Fred Hampton & Mark Clark
George L. Jackson
James Chaney, Mickey Schwerner & Andrew Goodman
Rev. George Lee
Herbert Lee & Louis Allen
William Lewis Moore
Rev. Bruce Klunder
Jimmie Lee Jackson
Viola Gregg Liuzzo
Rev. James Reeb