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  •  Never forget, (2+ / 0-)
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    unfangus, pierre9045

    Rebels Stand Alone. As Chris Hedges says:

    those...who [make] a moral choice to physically defy evil teach us something extremely important about rebellion. It is, when it begins, not safe, comfortable or popular. Those rare individuals who have the moral and physical courage to resist must accept that they will be pariahs. They must live outside the law. And they must be prepared to be condemned.
    Physical doesn't need to mean violent. Hedges is not a fan of the Black Bloc. It simply means living your values. Voicing them, acting on them IRL, not just surreptitiously in private conversation or anonymously online. And if your values are unpopular -- which many of yours actually aren't, at least not outside legislation our representatives would actually pass, beltway media, or the pure red zones -- then you will be lonely, at best, attacked, at times, even arrested, depending on your persistence, passion, and resolve to bear witness using uncompromising, confrontational, subversive, non-conforming ways.  

    Even the moderates will abandon you should you take your message to the public square. Those who sympathize will stay away because they dare not stand and be counted in the public eye on any but the safest positions. Others because they are viscerally opposed to direct conflict and dissent. They, like "our representatives," accept, often prefer "serious", deferential, procedural, glacial change to established ways. They are too heavily invested in the status quo and too attached to their investments to do anything else.

    Mindfulness is the first necessity of sanity and survival and the first casualty of Consumer Culture.

    by Words In Action on Mon Mar 25, 2013 at 09:06:52 AM PDT

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