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When Enough is Enough: Taking Ownership of Your World

What a powerful image, the lone unknown protester standing in defiance of the tanks rolling through Tiananmen Square during the massacre of 1989. This image represents an aspect of our humanity that fills us at once with pride that there are those among us that have this kind of courage, and with sadness that the world has to be like this at all. Conditioning is a powerful force, and we are all subject to its Siren call, but we inherently know deep down inside that the world should not have ever been the one that we have created, where millions die needlessly and where injustice, greed and selfishness are rampant. We are no longer afforded the luxury of thinking that this is all just human nature and the way it is. We criticize our leaders, we look to external reasons for why the world is the way that it is, but our leaders come from among us and our system is a product of us, and we need to own that and consider that maybe we cannot expect better from them than we do from ourselves as a whole. One of my heroes famously posits that maybe, just maybe, the public sucks. Garbage in, garbage out.

I have to pose the question, and I mean it in earnest; when do we decide that enough is actually enough, when we no longer sit on the sidelines and watch the world decay around us? Where is this supposed critical mass of understanding that will come one day, that will tip the scale of injustice and rip these monsters from their positions of power? When do we agree, as the human race collectively, that the time has come when we need to topple oppressive regimes and put in place systems that work for all people? Not serving an elite agenda, but serving our agenda, the mandate of the people. Why are we at a place where we are still trying to simply persuade individuals to inform themselves and transform themselves and understand finally that it is imperative that the world changes dramatically, and changes now? The need to acknowledge collectively that the current state of affairs on planet Earth is fucked up has never been greater. The need to take massive action has never been greater. A lot of rhetorical questions but we will answer them, regardless, collectively, when we stand together to create a better world. But it has to start with us. Garbage in, garbage out. As the late comedian George Carlin put it so eloquently:

Something is wrong here. War, disease, death, destruction, hunger, filth, poverty, torture, crime, corruption, and the Ice Capades. Something is definitely wrong. This is not good work. This is the kind of shit you'd expect from an office temp with a bad attitude.

As we get older and we look around and we gain wisdom and an ability to embrace the truth, it does become appalingly clear that indeed things are not right at all, not in the least. In fact, it's gotten to the point where our very survival on this pale blue dot is at stake if we do not act. There are many links provided in this article that cite atrocities of all sorts to illustrate the truth of the point, but the hard fact of the matter is that none of it is truly necessary at all; we all understand on some instinctual level that things are, indeed, very wrong.

Throughout the second half of the twentieth century, we saw the pace of change rapidly accelerate, and along with it decay, rampant corruption, war, environmental and financial ruin, racism, sexismgenocide, our loss of privacy, freedom and any sense of justice,  not to mention a whole other host of problems of epidemic proportions. In the past two decades alone we have seen an incredible shift in the pace of social, economic and political problems and we now live in an era, for the first time in human history, where the end of human life on Earth is in the foreseeable future unless we act. Gandhi famously said:

Be the change you wish to see in the world.

Indeed, this is the only way to survive the coming decades, this time where the chickens will be coming home to roost. Encourage your friends to educate themselves on the problems we're facing, choose a cause, make a difference. Time is running out and we need to choose sides; either you're active or you aren't. We need to all do our part to wake up as many people as possible, and we need to create a culture wherein it is unacceptable to sit on the sidelines. We need to own our world and our minds and create an understanding that anything less is but another nail in this coffin of our making. Be the change. Make a difference.

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