To action

Everyone is aware of the difficult and menacing situation in which human society — shrunk into one community with a common fate — now finds itself, but only a few act accordingly. Most people go on living their every-day life: half frightened, half indifferent, they behold the ghostly tragi-comedy which is being performed on the international stage before the eyes and ears of the world. But on that stage, on which the actors under the floodlights play their ordained parts, our fate of tomorrow, life or death of the nations, is being decided.

Those words are as true today as when Albert Einstein wrote them in 1950.

Have you called your member of congress or senator about the criminal $700B Wall Street bailout plan?

Have you taken any steps to protect what’s left of your dwindling civil rights?

Have you considered what will happen when the state owns and controls the industry you work in?

Have you had honest and open discussions within your family about what your future holds, and how you’re preparing for it?

Have you given thought to how else we could be spending the $12B per month that we’re currently throwing at the Iraq occupation1?

I could go on. But I think you get the idea. Am I being wee bit histrionic? Sure. And I know you don’t come here to read this sort of thing2. But I’m getting so weary of the lack of outrage around me. Things are going from bad to worse on a daily basis, but it doesn’t have to be that way. You have a voice.

Look, I’m not saying we all have to be activists; we have jobs and families and more responsibilities than we can manage as it is. And I’m not saying that we all need to stop what we’re doing and spend our time in a sky-is-falling mood; we all need our hobbies and distractions to keep us entertained and healthy and creative. But please, think of just one thing that is of great concern to you right now, and do something about it. Civil rights, energy independence, corporate welfare, Iraq or Afghanistan, breast cancer, autism, whatever. Make a phone call. Send a fax. Sign a petition. Hell, just make a $5 online donation to a local progressive candidate or a cause that’s meaningful to you. But do something. Today.

(I now return you to ddc’s usual nerdery and snark. Thanks for indulging me.)

[ 10:55am – 4th paragraph edited slightly for clarity ]
  1. You remember Iraq, right? That little war we won in 2003? And again in 2005? And again this year? Even though we’re still there? Remember?
  2. Knowing my audience, you probably already read the same blogs I do, and get this info already.
posted 9/23/08 at 10:18am to Our Doomed Planet, Politics · 2 replies · »

2 replies to “To action”

  1. Josh Hopkins said:

    I am concerned with the failing economy crisis. It’s really bad, because we do need distractions. We can only do our own part to ensure collectively, we will and can make a change.

    Thank you for inspiring me to sign a petition and to donate to the Barack Obama and Joe Biden Campaign.

    Sep 24, 2008 at 12:23am
  2. Runaheadofme said:

    I totally agree with you. I have called and emailed my Senators, and blogged, and talked… but it feels much the same as sitting on my hands.

    We do not have an informed populace and too many of us (some of us in Congress, alas) do not understand these issues deeply enough to see what is at stake here.

    I think we need a whole new progressive movement to rise up as a backlash against the moneyed interests, but how to begin? Maybe with the talking heads at UC Berkeley? Hell, some of the Republicans from Alabama and Kentucky are making the most sense on the Senate floor. Everything feels just a little bit topsy turvy right now and I just hope the American taxpayer is not under the dam when it breaks.

    Sep 25, 2008 at 2:30am

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