( – promoted by buhdydharma )
I’m not always so good at zeroing in on particular issues, providing details related to them, or analyzing solutions. That’s why I’m so grateful to many of you here that do that difficult work and keep folks like me informed. We’re all hardwired differently when it comes to these kinds of things and I say, “thank the universe for that” because together…we can cover it all.
My particular brain is always trying to question direction and see patterns…to look below the surface and try to determine what’s driving things. So today, when I’ve taken in the information so many of you have provided about things like torture, chemical weapons, modern-day slavery, the intersection of race, gender and class, and the effects of intolerance, I wonder if there is anything that connects these dots. I know that solving these issues will take organized efforts on the individual issues. But what is it that prevents us from getting busy and getting the job done??? I don’t think the problem is in finding solutions, but in motivating people to do it.
As I thought about this, the things that seemed central are ignorance, powerlessness, and fear.
Ignorance is first and foremost about people not having the information. What so many of you here and other places in the alternative media do to provide this information is absolutely critical. I often watch The Today Show in the morning while I’m checking in on the blogs (at least until I get so disgusted that I have to turn it off). The reality is that for too many people in this country, those morning “news” shows are how they get their information. For those of you smart enough to NOT watch, here are the Today Show’s News and Features headlines this morning:
Mom loses 262 lbs., find out how
Tasty and fruity summer smoothies
Find your dream wedding dress
Mike Myers’ ‘Love Guru’ is a can’t-miss
Yes, its just that bad!!!
But I also think that part of the reason people are ignorant is that they don’t want to know. And they don’t want to know because its hard to know and not feel like you can do anything about it. In this sense, the powerlessness and fear go together. If I am just at the mercy of powerful people or forces beyond my control and don’t see a way for my voice to be heard or my actions to have an impact…then I get afraid. And I’d just rather not know – not much I can do about it anyway.
So a part of mobilizing people to even be interested in the information is, in my mind, helping them understand that “Yes We Can” change things; that we don’t need to be afraid…and that there is reason to hope. This all might sound corny to those of us wrapped up in the specific issues that need to be addressed. But I think its just what those who have stayed out of the process for so long need to hear.
The Obama campaign is NOT the answer to our problems. And yes, like many of you, I don’t agree with many of his policies. But the man does believe in one of our basic themes here at Docudharma…ripples. If you haven’t heard him tell his “Fired Up, Ready to Go” story during his campaign speeches, take a listen:
It is my assessment that the political elites, both Democratic and Republican, are sitting on a social volcano.
And when it blows…