"Only a fool would let an enemy educate his children" (Malcolm X). Here we are, in the heart of the 'first world', with all the benefits of science and technology at our fingertips, and yet we look to the enemy for education, entertainment, security, fuel, food, healthcare and pretty much everything else. I guess that makes us pretty foolish. We are totally dependent on a system of oppression and exploitation, a system that we face almost entirely as individuals, given the breakdown of community that has taken - and is taking - place. How do we build a movement for change without rebuilding communities and without taking back some power over our own lives?
The day before this I read the following, from Howard Zinn:
To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness. What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places - and there are so many - where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction. And if we do act, in however small a way, we don't have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory. (You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train: A personal history of our times, p. 208. )
Musing. Musing. Cleaning house, getting ready for a child's birthday party, mailing a friend a gift, and musing.