Rise up or Die: Some questionsPosted: June 12, 2013
We stand helpless before the corporate onslaught. There is no way to vote against corporate power. Citizens have no way to bring about the prosecution of Wall Street bankers and financiers for fraud, military and intelligence officials for torture and war crimes, or security and surveillance officers for human rights abuses.
VIA: Chris Hedges: Rise up or Die – Truthdig.com
Having read Chris Hedges book “Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt”, where he and Joe Sacco go to some of the most impoverished parts of the US and report back that yes, what is happening in this country is the same destruction and sickness that we attribute to third world countries, I was happy to see that he is still speaking up and out about our current state of affairs.
What will be the issue(s) that cause you to rise up or die?
Will you wait until your home mortgage is upside down and you have nowhere to go? Or, will you wait to confirm that the cancer you have is definitely caused by GMOs or pesticides, or your shampoo? Will you wait until, like in Greece, the government that is no longer FOR the people nor BY the people, plan to literally take your money from your accounts?
I ask myself these same questions. I have risen up on occasion, but I think that what we all know is coming is a mass rising. That said, I do not feel that the rising has to be an “against” rising. I would love for it to be a “for” rising.
What would you rise for? Are you and I wiling to stand and rise for a sustained period of time or just on the weekends to carry signs in front of passing traffic? What will finally cause us to coalesce into the powerful billions that we are?
What connection does rising up have to householding? It has complete connection. Our planet is our home. We all collectively hold this earth, as it holds us, and have the power to destroy our ability to live on it or to increase, peacefully, our ability to live on it.
As with householding and homemaking, we have choices. Thank the Gods we still have choices! We CAN disengage from the current paradigm in many meaningful ways. These are not easy ways in this world, though. Who wants to disconnect from all the electrical input, for starters? No one. So, how to continue to be connected but not through a controlled system? How can we have control of our own food if we get 98% of it from a manufacturer? How can we even think of doing these things when we don’t have enough money to make any ends meet? I do believe the answers to these questions are individual and collective. We do what we can and then find like-minded, supportive others to learn, grow and celebrate with.
The great news is that people in your community or location have been doing this type of disengagement for a long time. Go find those people and talk to them. Use what you can from what they know and rise up to the occasion of living your life for yourself and the good of your community, not for the profit of a few.