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Remember the Old Testament story of Moses trying to free the Children of Israel from the slavery imposed by the Pharoah? Well, as much as Moses tried to help the Children of Israel break the chains of oppression, they simply didn’t want to take the steps necessary to free themselves from bondage.
They claimed that they were relatively well housed and fed by the Pharoah – and even if the daily work was hard, it was preferable to facing the unknown consequences of a long walk in the wilderness as the price to pay for freedom.
Fast forward some 2,000 years. Calls to embrace civil resistance and to depose the tyrants who hold mankind in a state of slavery are largely ignored.
“Yea, well, when you think about it our present way of life isn’t that bad really. Look, I’ve still got a car right? We’ve got two TV sets and a good stash of beer in the fridge. Its only a twenty minute drive to our nearest supermarket and the stuff there’s pretty cheap really. The freezer’s almost full and the cat doesn’t go hungry either. Yea, I agree that the government’s pretty crap and fuelling the car is definitely hitting my wallet. But look, I’m able to hold down a couple of part time jobs … and it’s enough to keep us going and get a holiday once in a while, so why rock the boat any more?
Yeah, I know the jails are full and the cops are behaving something rotten these days. We’re being watched a lot too … and that’s not good … and why the hell do we still have troops in Afghanistan?
Heh! Did you see the game last night? Hell of match eh?”
As the tremors of change fill the air and shake the ground with increasing regularity, human reactions seem increasingly polarised. One set of responses is to hunker down, avert the eyes, close the ears and try to pretend that everything’s pretty much okay. Another is to express increasing alarm and increasing fear about where it is all leading: the “Did you see? Did you read? Did you hear?” syndrome. It is to all our misfortunes that that these two reactions to the current state of play on our planet remain the predominant response.
The third way: to look the situation in the eye, to calmly assess the reality and then to take action to prevent a disaster and/or to set out a solution, remains a minority response.
That which is holding back the revolution required to radically redress the top-down enslavement of humanity and the destruction of our planetary resource base seems to hinge on three conditions:
1. Too many people are too comfortable and prefer to believe what the propaganda machine tells them.
2. Too many people are too uncomfortable and remain preoccupied with a basic level of survival.
3. Too many people remain indifferent or afraid and shut themselves off from the potential to change.