Boycotting, refusing to be (and be classed as) a consumer, and living simpler, these are powerful tools, or weapons, to use against the evils of the status quo. Globalism used to be thought of in utopian terms. Now, the idealism has been chewed up and swallowed by corporatism and consumerism. Those are the two lines of the tracks railroading us into a future we did not ask for, desire, or envision. We can derail the train constantly and repeatedly by refusing to mindlessly consume; by boycotting corporations that damage the planet and its flora and fauna; by boycotting industries that exploit workers, both adult and child; by out-thinking their constant efforts to hypnotize us with commercials and magazine ads and by seeing ourselves as individuals with far more dignity than they think is deserving of mere ‘consumers.’
And while we are boycotting, choosing, out-thinking these rabid corporations and industries, we can also vote out of office their lapdogs and cronies. And we can keep doing this until the balance is redressed. Even if we must take to the streets to make the deaf elite hear us, we do not need to fear. The police state is merely the symptom of their paranoia and weakness. We can, and will, outlive, out-think, and defeat the neurotic armies of the ugly status quo, and heal the civilization of humankind. After all, it is ours. And it is our duty and destiny.
● Globalization is, at this juncture, the right thing, with the wrong people in charge. If it remains at the status quo, the world will be a fascist state that looks like a strip mall.
● Impatience is the fastest route to doing evil.
● When Marcel Marceau died, they say he went without a word.
● On the bus, a Jamaican walked past me to the back seat, saying “I don’t know why the hell Rosa Parks didn’t want to sit at the back of the bus, man.”
● It is not true that there is a fine line between sanity and madness, between being a good citizen or a criminal: rather, there is a wide, amorphous grey area, in which any human may wander for a lifetime.
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- “If science is not equipped to answer a question, that is all the more reason to keep asking it.” A. H. Richards
- “There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.” Ray Bradbury.
- “The most dangerous man, to any government, is the man who is able to think things out for himself… Almost inevitably, he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, and intolerable.” H.L. Mencken, 1880 – 1956
- Dr. Who “Blink” episode: “What’s so good about sad? It’s happy, for deep people.”
- “Your desires and will to accomplish are achievable through contentment. Do not manipulate others or battle with them. Do what is right for you with no sense of panic, and you will love others and yourself. The rest will follow.
The good, the creative will prevail. It will prevail in your own life and will alter you for the better every day. It will prevail over the evils and sadnesses of the world – even those you directly share in. Because there is nothing better or more beautiful and powerful in life than creative power.
This is the power of God, the Prime Mover, the Creative Breath, and cannot be bettered or denied. Gandhi, Joan of Arc, Muhammad Ali, D.H. Lawrence, Einstein, Van Gogh, Virginia Woolf : Scratch any genius or saint and you will see the gold of the covenant.
The covenant is with your inner self. It is your passion and your love, and settling yourself deep in your being brings it alive.” A. H. Richards