That is a question I think of quite often when trying to come up with something fresh and insightful for this blog. Who do I think I am? What can I say that hasn’t?
I guess I never really show much about myself on this blog. But I’ve run into the wall on politics and outrage. I can barely keep my own house in order, so what business do I have worrying about other peoples’ issues. The phrase Rage aganist the Machine come to mind. What can I do to a speeding freight train driven by a power-mad pol? De-rail it? Then what happens to the innocent people riding on that train? And how does that make me any better than the conductor of that Railway to Hell?
I guess it comes down to this: To really make a change will involve a great deal of sacrifice by a huge group of people. The powers-that-be are very unwilling to let go of the power they have amassed, and I’m afraid the only way to dislodge the corporate cancer will be raw and brutal. And am I willing to jeopardize my relationship with my daughters in the name of something so esoteric? But if I do nothing, will my daughters even have a future?
When I think of what it will take, I think of Les Miserables. Those students manned the barricades and subsequently died for what? Their beliefs? Their pride? The revolution that eventually did occur in France was so savage and brutal that I wonder if they did die in vain.
One thing is for sure. The powerful have a long and storied history of perpetrating horrors on people in order to maintain their lifestyle. And 2008 is no different. Any thoughts?