Coming off of a great night catching up with my boy, Jonathan and bumping some Zion I while I fry up bacon from the local butcher – I cannot help but feel a renewed sense of hope for the future.
Lately I have been exposing myself to a lot of negativity in the form of news and journal articles about environmental degradation, economic exploitation, and human rights violations. I have also been reading a necessary but depressing book by Chris Hedges entitled The World As It Is: Dispatches on the Myth of Human Progress that should be required reading for every current and future CEO. It is not so much that exposing myself to these truths has robbed me of the will to care about the future, but more that I have been feeling guilty about not being able to do more in this fight.
But this morning I woke up and made a conscious decision that the simple acts of maintaining relationships with lifelong friends, listening to independent music, and consuming food produced locally and sold by a local business are all ways that I can fight back against the myriad of injustices perpetrated by the current class of corporate overlords and their political henchmen. I am just one person, but by dedicating my resources and activities to things outside of that sphere they become important as a symbolic rebellion against all that is wrong with our world. AND if I can inspire more people to do the same by taking these simple choices and turning them into subversive acts, eventually the denial of resources and support to the current system will be felt.
If enough of us start to make conscious choices about how we get our food, how we spend our money, and how our actions affect not only our local communities, but the rest of the world…I truly believe we can start to turn it all around and foster a greater and more just society for a larger number of people as opposed to just those lucky enough to be born into a certain family or country.
Regardless of the success or failure of my actions, I take solace in that win or lose, the acts of defiance and consideration of the effects of our personal choices in and of themselves mean that I am and will continue to fight that good fight.
In closing, do not give up. You do not have to be on the front lines of activism and resistance to make a difference. By doing what you can within your own family and local community, you are supporting those in a position to take a more active role in the fight to make the world a more just place. However, if you are in a position to dive into the trenches, I salute you and will support you in my own little way with gratitude, respect, and solidarity.