Well, I’m not a terrorist of any kind at all, of course. That’s just the way our right-wing government views people like me. (I am utterly committed to non-violence, btw.)
Activists are seen by those "in control" to be terrorists. Being a passive-ist (consumer) is seen to be the acceptable, even the patriotic thing. Of course too, being an activist requires … action. Action takes energy & work. It is very very easy indeed to be a passive-ist. (Well, not for me, apparently – but for many, or so it appears.) Apathy is a great way to not spend your energy, or to hoard or harness it mostly for yourself. & as I said, it is seen as pretty much the proper & patriotic thing to do. You can also claim to be “too busy” to do anything. You’re in good company (or at least a lot of company) if you always say you’re too busy to do stuff.
I guess for most or for many, it is easy to argue that politics/politicians are so hopeless & corrupt that you can’t be bothered to vote … thus assuring that more corrupt & horrid politicians continue to win or keep their seats. And to keep on being distracted by all the celebrity worship & nonsense that passes for programming on the air waves (wonderful rant on Jian Ghomeshi’s CBC Radio show ‘Q’ yesterday on this: the rant came right at the end of the show & was a wonderful appeal to people to start paying attention to real heroes, not the phoney ones too many of us spend so darn much time wasting our energy on).
This is the “Do whatever turns you on” time in history, after all. Right?? Distractability raised to an art form. Or a duty. Or something.
Well. I’ve bought a copy of Will Potter’s Green is the New Red – An insider’s account of a social movement under siege.
Usually too busy or too tired to read it. The work tilting at nuclear windmills (now there’s an image, eh?? ) wears me down, so for sport I read novels or fun books like the one I just read of Nora Ephron’s collected columns, screenplays, & including the “novel” Heartburn. The MOST of Nora Ephron. Must have laughed out loud about a hundred times. Funny, honest, self-deprecating, insightful woman & writer. Had a blast reading the book.
After some of my recent anti-nuclear work (which can admittedly be quite challenging on occasion), this was a really welcome relief.
Some of us eco-terrorists do get tired. Friends sometimes thank me for my "tireless efforts," but I tell them “Heck no, I get very tired indeed at times. And you’re welcome! & please for heaven’s sake, join the party!!”
Sometimes I do wonder why oh why I keep on, in the face of Fukushima spills & leaks & climate change that threatens to knock us all out perhaps sooner than most of us can bring ourselves to contemplate?
Good question. Not quite sure of the answer.
Too tired to think about it any more today.
Your weary eco-terrorist/anti-nuclear blogger,
p.s. next day: now I remember why we keep on keeping on: Activism is its own reward. Plus, we meet the most extraordinarily awesome people…
‘Quote of the day’ with this post: “Evil thrives on apathy and cannot exist without it.” – Hannah Arendt
Runners-up for Q. of the Day:
“Science may have found a cure for most evils; but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all – the apathy of human beings.” – Helen Keller
“Our world faces a crisis as yet unperceived by those possessing the power to make great decisions for good and evil. The unleashed power of the atom has changed everything save our modes of thinking, and thus we drift toward unparalleled catastrophe.” – Albert Einstein (1946)
“Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.” – Albert Einstein [more Einstein quotes]
“Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.” – Jackson Brown, Jr., writer
“First they came for the Communists, but I was not a Communist so I did not speak out. Then they came for the Socialists and the Trade Unionists, but I was neither, so I did not speak out. Then they came for the Jews, but I was not a Jew so I did not speak out. And when they came for me, there was no one left to speak out for me.” – Pastor Martin Niemoeller (1892-1964), a Nazi victim who was imprisoned at Sachsenhausen & Dachau
“4 Rules for Life: Show up. Pay attention. Tell the truth. Don’t be attached to the results.” -- Angeles Arrien, U.S. teacher, author (1940 – )
“Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote.” – George Jean Nathan, 1882-1958
“Almost anything you do will seem insignificant, but it is very important that you do it.” – Mahatma Gandhi
“You assist an evil system most effectively by obeying its orders and decrees.” – Mohandas Gandhi
“The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problems.” – Mohandas Gandhi
“A lot of people are waiting for Martin Luther King or Mahatma Gandhi to come back – but they are gone. We are it. It is up to us. It is up to you.” ~ Marian Wright Edelman
“It’s hard to be religious when certain people are never incinerated by bolts of lightning.” – Bill Watterson, comic strip artist (1958- ), in his comic strip ‘Calvin & Hobbes’
WHOSE JOB IS IT?
This is a story about four people named EVERYBODY, SOMEBODY, ANYBODY and NOBODY. There was an important job to be done and EVERYBODY was asked to do it. EVERYBODY was sure SOMEBODY would do it, but NOBODY did it. SOMEBODY got angry about that because it was EVERYBODY’s job. EVERYBODY thought ANYBODY could do it but NOBODY realized that EVERYBODY wouldn’t do it. It ended up that EVERYBODY blamed SOMEBODY when NOBODY did what ANYBODY could have done.
** plenty more quotes gathered up here