Relax. Everything is under control.
Nothing to see here . . .
Note to Killdozer guy–relax:
THEY CAME FIRST for the poor,
and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t poor.
THEN THEY CAME for the workers,
and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a worker.
THEN THEY CAME for the middle class,
and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t middle class.
THEN THEY CAME for me
and by that time no one was left to speak up. (Source)
Yeah, ‘talk’ to your congressperson and tell them how you ‘feel’. It’ll make a huge difference.
I’m sure they’ll drop whatever they’re doing, put both hands under their chins, and while gazing into their concerned constituents eyes raptureously listen to everyone’s take on how the world should be run, what they want utopia to look like, and if they could just see things like this average nobody everything will just be rainbows, sunshine, and lollipops.
GMAFB [give me a f—ing break] already with the touchy-feely BS. It ain’t gonna work when you have thieves, thugs, miscreants, and flat-out criminal assholes in power.
You know what’s gonna work. We know what’s gonna work. Everything else is masturbatory delusion. (Source)
And protest can have an invisible ripple-effect that lasts for generations. A small group of women from Iowa lost their sons early in the Vietnam war, and they decided to set up an organization of mothers opposing the assault on the country. They called a protest of all mothers of serving soldiers outside the White House – and six turned up in the snow. Even though later in the war they became nationally important voices, they always remembered that protest as an embarrassment and a humiliation.
Until, that is, one day in the 1990s, one of them read the autobiography of Benjamin Spock, the much-loved and trusted celebrity doctor, who was the Oprah of his day. When he came out against the war in 1968, it was a major turning point in American public opinion. And he explained why he did it. One day, he had been called to a meeting at the White House to be told how well the war in Vietnam was going, and he saw six women standing in the snow with placards, alone, chanting. It troubled his conscience and his dreams for years. If these women were brave enough to protest, he asked himself, why aren’t I? It was because of them that he could eventually find the courage to take his stand – and that in turn changed the minds of millions, and ended the war sooner. An event that they thought was a humiliation actually turned the course of history.
You don’t know what the amazing ripple-effect of your protest will be. (Source)
Not a day passes when I am not stunned, shocked and dismayed by the depths of ignorance and greed that pervades this planet in this Dark Age. Those who profiteer from this ignorance and greed, do everything they can to encourage and develop them. They’ve turned the human race into a retarded Bonsai farm . . . As an uncle of mine used to say, ‘those who cannot hear must feel”. It’s also true that the universe will come down on us to the degree that it takes to hear it. Its two by four time on Planet Earth. It’s the bed of fire in a nightmare, where the dreamer refuses to awaken. It’s what it is, not what we paint it as and we shall see what the truth is concerning what is and what is not. (Source)
And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family? Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling with terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand?… The Organs would very quickly have suffered a shortage of officers and transport and, notwithstanding all of Stalin’s thirst, the cursed machine would have ground to a halt! If…if…We didn’t love freedom enough. And even more – we had no awareness of the real situation…. We purely and simply deserved everything that happened afterward. —- Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago