War is a Lie
Posted 17 May 2011 - 05:02 PM
I completely agree with DAvid Swanson. And then some.
Posted 18 May 2011 - 04:48 AM
Yes, well. This is why I refuse to shut up anymore.
I'd rather be seen as a raving lunatic, than someone who silently consents to mass murder and atrocities. Among other things.
Thank you, TASB.
Please don't give up. Just one or two at a time. I am making headway with a friend in just the last few days. He's asking questions about some of what I've been posting on fb - he's even reposting some of it
My brother gets a bunch of the guys who go out fishing with him to watch his documentaries while in the wheel house - he's gotten a few more on board.
Next year I will require all students speeches to pertain to global issues (WTO, World Bank, trade policies, war...). I think when they investigate, their eyes will open a bit. You can't focus on the masses, seek one at a time. Example: that picture of me on fb, holding a ron paul sign? the young woman next to me? a former student who said my media class is what caused her to start a group on campus and become an activist (now, she also has her roommate on board). don't lose hope.
for inspiration "like" veterans for ron paul, women for ron paul, students for ron paul... you can read posts of others who believe as you/we do--it's inspiring.
I think I've signed and sent 5 petitions this week. be the change.
i would recommend this book. I have seen this man speak at my yoga center. he is on fire but with great love
"A spirituality that is only private and self-absorbed, one devoid of an authentic political and social consciousness, does little to halt the suicidal juggernaut of history. On the other hand, an activism that is not purified by profound spiritual and psychological self-awareness and rooted in divine truth, wisdom, and compassion will only perpetuate the problem it is trying to solve, however righteous its intentions. When, however, the deepest and most grounded spiritual vision is married to a practical and pragmatic drive to transform all existing political, economic, and social institutions, a holy force - the power of wisdom and love in action - is born. This force I define as Sacred Activism."
- Andrew Harvey
Posted 06 June 2011 - 12:15 AM
Still, this is an excellent read that will make you ask a LOT of necessary questions and perhaps even change your mind.
Posted 06 June 2011 - 12:40 PM
There is a point where an ex-Merican, now living in Sweden, speaks with a senator from NY while on vacation in NYC. the senator chuckles about the taxes in Sweden. The expat quickly stifles his chuckles by pointing out how americans pay a very similar price in tax, we just dont receive even close to the amount of "give back" or "entitlements" that come with the price of admission. Noting, "if Americans actually could see how much more the Swede deal gives than they are given, they would riot in the street."
Posted 06 June 2011 - 01:34 PM
putting off this type of reading for now. I am reading The Hope - about sacred activism (trying to narrow my activist brain to one cause - looking like I may focus on our food supply/monsanto, as I'm most passionate about it. But also want to do something more hands-on and local. My girlfriend and I are having a bonfire the 18th and bringing some people together to try to make a plan).
But I also have tons of research to do this summer for my media class (that reality is creeping in) so all my energies will be headed there soon.