but, i’m going to post it anyway. normally i talk about music and other creative endeavors but some of the things i’ve been reading and learning about have just been simmering and i feel the need to spread the word.
when i have more time, i’ll go into the specifics of what i’ve been reading about, but the short version is this: for to long we, as a people, have been taken advantage of, lied to, cheated, poorly educated, and treated like commodities.
it’s not that you, or i, as individuals are likely to enact a widespread shift in the corporate culture that’s so engrained in our govt. but you can make a difference in your own life and in those around you. small, simple acts of kindness, decency and humanity go a long way. before big changes can happen folks have to be reminded that we are all human beings deserving of basic rights and decent treatment.
we are not commodities. we are not slaves.
you can do other things like not spending money with the larger corporations whenever possible, supporting locally owned businesses, supporting the performing arts – independent artists especially, buying locally grown food and so on. when you can, consider joining or donating to causes you believe in. even things that are environmentally beneficial like using less energy, while it’s good for the planet and your personal finances, it is also very bad for the big energy corporations – it means less income for them. that’s why they fight so hard to get people to disbelieve climate scientists and to dismiss the catastrophic weather events of recent years.
the bottom line though is that you can actually do something and if we all take these smaller steps, these small acts of defiance, it will eventually make a difference.
do yourself a favor and go read some articles, and perhaps some books by mr. chris hedges. check out his articles here.
also have a read of roger ebert’s recent http://blogs.suntimes.com/ebert/2011/04/the_one-percenters.html”>blog entry.