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Random thoughts from a middle-class GWU college student
08 Jan 2001
Some of my thoughts.
For some reason I feel like I have to find a category for myself. Am I a Green? A Socialist? A Democrat? An Anarchist? Maybe I am none of the above, or just maybe I am all of them. I see suffering and I want to do something about it, the urges explode through my body and my veins are spewing green, red, and black. With every voice of resistance, I find my own. My voice soars like those humming birds I hear in the morning midst’s - it sings of that New World our imaginations create. Lost in daydreams of a time when people will speak freely, create without inhibitions, and join in brotherhood. Where our earth begins to be heard, and animals listened too. I dream of the day we are liberated from fear - radicalized because of love - and obedient of only the limitations in our hearts. I want no one to be able to speak words for me, a deep democracy where even the lowest criminals can evoke policy, where our prisons become libraries, and corporations are forced to pay their fare share. A world where the state doesn't have power over even one man's life, and where our differences are praised.
I caught mayself watching CNN a few hours ago. I wonder how many other people watching CNN tonight, saw through the lies. Is that why so few people vote? Because they know better? Because they see the money-ridden corrupt racist system for what it is! Yet why do people remain passive? Passive when we know we are handing to our children an earth that will be depleted before their children die. Maybe we need martyrs, but many have already died and yet people remain static. As Emma Goldman once wrote “But the people are asleep, they remain indifferent. They forge their own chains and do the bidding of their masters to crucify their Christ’s.”
I wonder how many people stay awake at night because they see through the lies that convince so many that this “miracle economy” is helping the many over the few. How many Americans have are more free to travel, free to vacation, free to spend more time with their family because of this “miracle economy.” The corporate world wants us to believe that we are all rich so that we can consume more. But our consumption is of money we don’t own, and creditors bleed us even more so though we die swimming in even blood we don’t own.
I want to add my voice to this new world we are building. Creating as Ralph Nader calls “the politics of joy and justice.” I believe that slowly millions are awakening, I see it on my own campus, all around me. But with no media to speak of this – except to discredit our movement (thank goodness for Indymedia) – how do we reach those millions more alienated by their TV’s and tell them that they are not alone.
We need to ask ourselves what price tag comes for our freedom. How much will we sacrifice to create this New World? What will it look like – and at the end will all our work be stolen and our principles comprimised. How can I help awaken the masses, when I come from suberia and still haven't removed myself from this repressive and depressing consumer culture. A culture that never satisfies. We are prey to the products we buy, and the education we receive (student loans!).
Sometimes its overwelming. WIth so many problems in this world, I find it so difficult to understand them, let alone propose solutions. Yet, I became an activist because I know that we can collectivley create something better. For now, I will continue on, trying to educate others while trying to educate myself. And together we can continue to strive to create a state that truly represents the ideas of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
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