A Revolution of Resistance

      If you are a revolutionary, you might not like this and if you are not a revolutionary, I wish you become one. Revolutions are not a simple thing. There are entire university courses dedicated to the topic of revolutions. I lived through one and I recall seeing tracers at night and hearing the sporadic sound of AK-47s. Tanks rolling down the street … it felt good but for many people it did not: countless people died. Lives were the cost for that Revolution and forty-five years of suffering on the part of millions of people were the cause of it.

      I do not think bloody revolutions are necessary. We have seen President Mubarak of Egypt, dismissed by the people of Egypt after decades in power, all in a more or less violent-less revolution. The army did not wash-out the streets of blood during the night like it did in Romania, or like in Syria now. The Egyptian people went out on the streets, shut-down the capital just by their sheer numbers and kept it that way. Masses of people have such power – that is how it always is, just many people do not know it. They look at themselves in the mirror, see one person and think that they cannot do much. You can always count on me and I am not alone either – there are many like me: ready to walk the walk at any time, whenever needed.

      I do believe North America is in a need for change. No, not the change Mr. Obama talked about. That was the change from oil oligarchs owning the government to Wall St. bankers owning the government – not much of a change in my opinion. The majority of citizens are still screwed (excuse the expression but I see it fitting).

      A significant revolution in United States will take place during my life-time. If people pick-up arms though … the continent will wash-out in blood and this is no exaggeration yet, now I see a significant awakening in the Spirit of many Americans; I am grateful for that and it is important. Resistance does not necessarily mean making road-side bombs or being a suicide bomber, although that is one form of resistance.

      I resist from buying garbage made in China. I resist from eating McNasty. I resist from being greedy, narcissistic, ignorant and lazy. I resist from buying-in to the consumerist mentality and from buying products made by children working in sweat shops in South-east Asia … resistance can happen in many ways; just like revolutions do not need guns, resistance does not necessarily mean violence. It may be needed but it is not critical or a pre-requisite. Gandhi knew what he was saying. (I do not know what he was really saying because I never read anything that he wrote but I know he was right.)

      The best type of revolution I think happens in our minds. When we revolutionize our thinking then, we revolutionize the world. It is that simple. Revolutions start with the individual, they require many people to act as one in the end but they require each of us to do our little part in the beginning.

      Each day is a new beginning and the revolution needs you. This is a revolution of resistance. One in which we cannot walk the same road as the generations before us. There is too much at stake. Too much time has passed walking down the the road of greed, consumption, selfishness, decay, corruption and violence. Unless, we stand united against calamity, we may be facing our self-defeat. That would be our own dispute though, as Damian Marley would say.

      We can have a revolution by dancing! Do we still know how to dance?

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Mr. Happy 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Well, thanks to Mrs. Petra who was kind enough to let me know through email that this blog had no comment capsule. It's all Hub-pages' fault for continually changing things around. (lol) Thank you Petra, much appreciated!


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Petra Vlah 5 years ago from Los Angeles

Hello Happy,

If we know what's good for us, we should all start a revolution on HP:-))) I am not even kidding; they are changing rules in the middle of the game and recently have put all their effort into unpublishing hubs for having less than perfect pictures - whatever it takes to make the little Panda happy!

The way I see it, Gandhi's approch of passive resistence (sbotaje at all levels) works best. It was precisly what made communism collapse from whitin. Americans do not have what it takes to either start a bloody revolution or a passive resistence movment, so in reality, the more things "change" the more they stay the same

In the end, most countries have the government they choose and the faith they deserve; America is no different.


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CreatePerfection 5 years ago from Beautiful Colorado

Mr. Happy, yes the revolution must begin and each one of us is responsible for our part in it. I, as you do, refuse to do business with unethical mega corporations. I also write on HubPages. These are two of the ways I am revolting against the self-serving establishment.

Great article,

Lela


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kallini2010 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

What can I say, Mr. Happy? A revolution in general - against what? To achieve what?

I have trouble dealing with my own life - but I may very well support a good cause...


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Mr. Happy 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

"You know, it's been my experience that no matter who forms the government, nothing ever really changes. We can change our leaders like bedsheets, and still it is the same. Why is that? Because the real power is held by a long established oligarchy and governments are made up of men who can be corrupted, influenced, or who are just plain too stupid to see -- in which case they don't last long."

This is part of an email someone sent to me not long ago. Perhaps that may answer (at least in part) your question(s), Kallini. And thank you for stopping by! Cheers.


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GNelson 5 years ago from Florida

One thing that an individual can do is spend their money locally. Local business, local farmers, local banks and credit unions hire locally and spend more locally which builds the local economy, your economy. Spend a dollar at Wal-Mart and much of the dollar goes to China. Your choice support China or your neighbors.


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Mr. Happy 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Petra, how nice that you passed by! And thank you again for bringing to my attention that my blog had no option for comments.

I have faith in the American Spirit. I can lend it some Dacian spirit to get by for now. I have faith in us; us all that is - as a specie.


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clark farley 5 years ago

Hate to be the nihilist here, but part of what Ms. Vlah said in her Comment resonates the most (for me):

...start a revolution on HP;... they are changing rules in the middle of the game...

(in my opinion) the problem is not that 'they change the rules', the problem is that (we) are playing the game. And for the sake of brevity, lets note that while we may be the players, it *is* their game.

I fear my writing skills are not up to the task that this topic requires ( ..."wait I have a Hub Score of 87!sometimes even 92!!! I must be able to write!).

Lets try this: people still believe that they can 'change the system' because democracy is designed to allow it's constituents to (vote) to determine it's policies. In fact, the most disgruntled voter will be the one shouting the loudest,'If you don't vote, you can't complain'.

As is often seen in dysfunctional families, the need to maintain the illusion that what you have submitted to and (been abused by) is counter-balanced by a good that is worth all the suffering, is almost impossible for the individual to overcome. How many times do we read about the abused wife who keeps going back to the alcoholic husband or the children who will fight the police who come to take away the physically abusive mother.

The intractable aspect of the problem is (the individual's) fear of losing what they suspect is the best life they can expect.

So it is with cultures and governments, the desire of the population to maintain the delusion that they are a noble and good people in a world of deprivation, that is the real problem.

Now, if you will excuse me I have to go make the difficult decision: do I watch a food eating contest or do I watch a (reality) show about being in prison.


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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man

"The best type of revolution I think happens in our minds."

All revolution is created in the mind. Not only is the revolution created in the mind but also all that we imagine ourselves revolting against. To revolt is to recognise what you are revolting against so why give it power. Simply refuse to recognise it. Gandhi succeeded in defeating the British empire by refusing to acknowledge it.

You make people think and that is a start. I enjoyed the hub. Your pure spirit shines through and that is what matters.

Thank you Wolfman Jack. And here is a reminder to be the change you want to see: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Qd-fAnHjPg


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Mr. Happy 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Greetings, Mr. Spirit Whisperer.

I agree with what you said except when you came to say that "refusing to recognize" something is somehow important.

This is where I have a serious problem with your line of thinking. I mentioned child labor in this piece of writing. I could of course, not have mentioned it. I can take the decision for example to never speak about this subject ever again. Will that end child slavery in this world though? Just by ignoring the facts?

You are willingly turning away from some matters which affect many, many people ... quite badly I must say. I would encourage you to buy Mrs. Lynda's book "This bird flew away" - or I can mail you a copy since I bought a couple and I wouldn't mind buying a third - just to support the cause and her of course.

This saddens me because if I did not know any better I would think that you have no understanding of compassion. All the best.

(P.S. Thanks for the song again. I let some homies listen to it last week. "One love" - from the trenches.)


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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man

Hi again Mr Wolfman. I think you have misunderstood my words. To recognise something or someone can mean to see remember that you know them or it can also mean to give it power. When I use it here I mean that we give it power when we make it a focal point in our lives.

I feel compassion but I also respect another's unconscious wishes to suffer. I do not judge or at least I do my best not to judge others and their wishes. I do not know what is best for everyone else. I only know what is best for me.

There is a reason for everything that happens in this world and I do not ignore challenges placed before. I do not however feel so superior to anyone else that I judge them or their lives or have to keep reading about and watching them in order to satisfy some need in me to identify with or cure an evil I perceive.

Here is a video I would like you to watch because I think there is much more for us to grateful than to complain about: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gc4HGQHgeFE

I am writing a hub at the moment and will be using this video but I thought it would go well with what I am trying to say to you here.


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Mr. Happy 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Hello Mr. Spirit Whisperer, yes I think there is a misunderstanding somewhere ...

I want to focus on what you said regarding the "focal point of our lives". The focal point of my life would be survival. I also try (however successful or not it is not for me to say) to help others survive.

I believe in the Law of One. Life for me is sacred. It may be a little puppy, an elderly woman or butterfly: they are all the same to me, really.

When I see Life threatened, I get upset. And yes, I judge. I judge everything: what to eat or not eat, who to talk to or not talk to, where to go or not go .... I like to judge my own thoughts and I like to judge what others think and or think about my thoughts. So, when I judge that Life is compromised, I tend to investigate, research the matter and then, I judge some more. I talk to others about the subject in question, etc. Then, I judge again ...

You wrote: "I do not however feel so superior to anyone else that I judge them or their lives or have to keep reading about and watching them in order to satisfy some need in me to identify with or cure an evil I perceive."

My feelings and thoughts are not just my own. I express the feelings and thoughts of others, I think (look at the comments I receive). And I have come to my beliefs, thoughts and feelings after experiences and after talking to many people. The story about the lack of a public school for kids in Attawapiskat (here in my province) is a real story. It involves the lives of many children and it has been an issue for decades. I have not written about it: in "order to satisfy some need in me to identify with or cure an evil I perceive." I wrote about it because after inquiring on the matter, I was asked to help-out. This is where you get me wrong I think on the 'perceiving' part.

I do not create the homeless people on the street. The photographs I took and put on my "Poor People" blog were not my creation. Well the photos are but not the people in them. But I understand what you are saying, focusing on decay all the time is detrimental in many ways. Many homeless people are there because they want to. I sat and talked to many, many times. There are lots in this city. (Read my "Social Borders" blog).

Yet, many of them do not want to be homeless. It is for those I fight! (Although I give them all money when I pass by, doesn't matter if they wanna be there or not.)

I offer help. Sometimes it is wanted, sometimes it is not. Lately, it is wanted more than unwanted. Remember, I ask first - I do not just jump-in and grab homeless people of the street and force them to shower. There is indeed a reason for everything in this world - through pain one can learn a lot as well.

My grandmother use to say that "The wise man learns from others' mistakes. The smart man learns from his own mistakes, while the stupid man never learns at all."

So, as you said "I also respect another's unconscious wishes to suffer" ... As Damion Marley said at one point "self-defeat is an own dispute".

For now, I fight for myself and for those who need others to fight for them.

I would like to promote a book by Paulo Coelho: "Warrior of the Light".

And by the way, I loved the video you sent me: how awesome!! Simply amazing!

Now I think I need some clarification on the last part of the video where he says: "It is scary to know how many girls have eating disorders. It is scary to know how many people are just angry at life because of their situation at home and angry at others. It is scary to know how many people actually feel like they are worth nothing." (Read my "Ghetto for Life", blog on the last sentence)

After that quote he said to the kids that he wanted them to know that every girl in that room was beautiful and gorgeous just the way they are. And I know what he is saying but another part of me has to ask: is it really okay for children to be obese? Should we not talk about child obesity?

When wee get incidents like the Columbine School shooting, where obviously two kids where so angry at life that they picked-up machine guns and went to school murdering people, should we say: "It's okay to be who you are"?

Part of me, sees this acceptance of everything as detrimental. I accept bacteria in my body - I know it is needed but I will not accept for my body to be full of bacteria. My writing is just a little part of who I am.

Cheers!


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nextstopjupiter 5 years ago from here, there and everywhere

In the past, often bloody "revolutions" replaced one dictatorship by another, one corrupt regime by another but we live in an age of evolution of consciousness. The human consciousness was always connected to information, spread by language. The first stage was the spoken language, the second the written language, the third the printed language, now we live in a stage of digital language. I am optimistic that a new consciousness is developing, and I hope that this change will lead to a new thinking rather sooner than later, that this new thinking will replace outdated social and cultural structures by new ones - a real, peaceful revolution! We cannot wait, it might be too late!

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