Mickey Z. -- World News Trust
"Every tool is a weapon if you hold it right."
Often, the only way to learn if a battle can still be won is to keep fighting… with ever-evolving tactics, of course.
Our existing, mostly stagnant techniques have left us with undrinkable water, polluted air, and often inedible food and have most of us believing that coal is clean, nukes are green, and climate change can be reversed by switching to recycled toilet paper.
Suggestion: When faced with a daunting task, keep your toolbox full.
Let's say you're a handy man/woman/human and you get hired for a job. I'm guessing you'd bring your full toolbox to the worksite. After all, you can never be sure what might pop up and what tools you'll need. In other words, if we have a job to do, it would be illogical to decide beforehand that certain tools are off limits.
Keep all your tools at your disposal -- even if some remain untouched -- just in case.
Some sample “tools”:
*We're not victims (remember: victims are helpless) but we are volunteers. Due to our compliance and/or silence and/or inaction, we've played a role in bringing our culture to the brink of social, economic, and environmental collapse.
*We're not being "attacked" for our choices. For the record, I prefer to save the word "attack" for, say, those being targeted by U.S. predator drones (subsidized by our tax dollars and thus launched in our name).
*We're not being judged as guilty. It's a little too late for that.
*We're not being judged as innocent either. We're all participants and/or witnesses.
*We may think it’s not "fair" that we're the generation that has to change everything about the way we live. We make think we deserve better but to borrow from some guy named Clint: "Deserve’s got nothing to do with it."
*We are not alone. There are more of us than you ever imagined. As Utah Phillips reminds us: "If you can't change (your community), if you can't make this place where you work and live better, then where can you? Just get busy." If you feel like you don't have a community, create one.
By the way, Utah Phillips also sez: "The earth is not dying. It is being killed, and the people killing it have names and addresses."
The 4 R's of defending our collective soul
Reality and Reaction
Memorize these 13 "magic words" when dealing with the Blue Bloc, I mean, cops: "I am going to remain silent. I would like to see a lawyer."
Face up to your fears
Participating in sustained direct action is rarely a popular or easy choice. It could put us at odds with our friends, family, and community. It could jeopardize our careers. It could even lead to direct conflict with law enforcement officers. Scary stuff, for sure.
But ask yourself this: What frightens you more, being judged for getting busted for disorderly conduct or comprehending that 80 percent of the world's forests are already gone? How will you answer when future generations ask what you did to defend all life on earth?
There are good reasons to be afraid, comrades. There are better reasons to be bold.
Note: To continue conversations like this, come see Mickey Z. in person Saturday, Jan. 12, in NYC for Occupy the Climate: Hurricane Sandy, Eco-Activism, & the Vegan Option.
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