The first time the Klan came to our town, they were met with several hundred counter-protesters and people who just came to watch the show. They raged and shouted, and they all got their pictures in the paper. It was quite a ruckus.
But the second time they came, nobody much cared. They assembled on the courthouse steps, yelled for a little bit to empty streets, then scattered and went home.
They never came back a third time.
There are times when it’s important to stand up and be counted, times when it’s critical to make your voice heard, but there are other times when– almost counter-intuitively– the most powerful tool in your toolbox is apathy.
“In a world that wants us to be angry, bitter, selfish and vile, I realized that the truest form of rebellion is uncompromising righteousness. In this day and age, I believe that a true rebel does not run the streets with a weapon yelling stuff. True rebels live the life they believe is right, no matter the consequences. Those in power do not fear some random person with a weapon. They can easily control that. Those in power fear those that are not corruptible, not buy-able, not brainwash-able, and not scare-able.” ~Vigilant Citizen
“Optimism is a political act. Those who benefit from the status quo are perfectly happy for us to think nothing is going to get any better. In fact, these days, cynicism is obedience.” ~Alex Steffen, The Bright Green City
The ruling classes have done a fantastic job of keeping us just entertained enough to stave off a revolution. About the time we realize that our crummy government has given us crummy jobs with crummy wages and crummy benefits and crummy health care, we’re distracted by a little gadget in our pocket that dings and tells us somebody “likes” us.
And I really think that’s what’s behind the recent push to legalize marijuana.
It’s not that the government finally realized that it was stupid and mean to ban a product that makes people happy.
It’s that they’d rather have you grinning on your couch than marching in the streets.
This is a little desktop I made a long, long time ago- back when screens were still 1024 x 768.