Elections and even rallies, are a total Waste Of Time

Left Wing and Right Wing

Difference between Million - Billion - Trillion

"Democrats and Republicans (Conservatives and Liberals) are two wings of the same bird, and the flight path doesn't change"

From my point of view - change has to happen from bottom up. Voting on both Provincial (State) or Federal elections is in effect, “pointing your finger to someone else,” believing change will happen from top down.

When you consider a whole Province/State - or worse yet any Whole Country, have you not noticed change does not easily (if ever) filter down. All we see is bickering at the top.

PLUS - Corruption and favoritism happens all the time. (Favoritism meaning only a handful of selected close friends of those in power, are awarded any available contracts.) Corruption has now reached the point where, any well meaning and honest elected officials hands are basically tied. Face it - “Our local representatives can not get anything done for 'their' constituents.” Truth is, local elected officials have become just a number holding a seat, or worse a puppet to the system. Often they are not even privy to “classified” information that could either harm, or benefit, their constituents. The “need to know” philosophy is rampant in ALL world Governments today. Transparency does not even happen within the system.

Today – "True world control," dribbles down from just ONE global family, who now have an estimated net worth of over 100 Trillion dollars. Then WAY below them, the world has “only” 1600 Billionaires.

(For an eye opening visual - enlarge the picture the difference between a million - billion - trillion.............. and read the two links above)

World Governments are puppets on the strings of far TOO FEW people.

What we need is at least “One Hundred Thousand MORE Billionaires”, and “Tens of Millions MORE Millionaires.” That is the type of wealth distribution necessary.

Don't move the way fear makes you move. Rather move the way love makes you move. Move the way Joy makes you move.

Mark Twain had it right back then

There is good news.

Voting on your local city/town level, is a slightly different story. On the local level, one person can gather and influence a team of people to create “a chance of change,” from the bottom up.

If everyone in the country got involved in their own back yard and influenced change - volunteered and actually "worked" on a local issue .... collectively the whole country would change. Bottom up.

The best way to change the globe for the better is get involved in your own local communities issues and problems with your sleeves rolled up. From organizing local garbage clean ups, to more serious ones of revitalizing run down sub-divisions. It may be as simple as supporting local musicians and artists for without them the world would be dull..... and never forget how many hours of practice and study they may put in developing their art. No different than putting hours in for a trade or profession. All people have value. All people are worthy. All people are needed to make this a fun safe planet.

That also means, investing your money for returns with local business's and supporting local business when you shop. Encourage business as well as personal individual growth right in your back yard. Encourage and assist in the development of local talent, skills and industry. We need to take care of our own downtrodden, and create an atmosphere of joy and happiness. Action - "Close to home."

Just imagine if every single person in your own community started thinking and acting in this manner. Then take that a step further in your imagination. If all communities (globally) took local action to heart - world travel anywhere, would take on a new spirit of fun and joy.

Bottom line and back to my main theme. When we point our fingers at Big Business or Government Leaders expecting them to make changes from the top down... three of our fingers point back to oneself. And it is painfully obvious that change from the top down is controlled by first the "One" families wealth.... then WAY below them only 1600 Billionaires globally.

Simple Truth

Bottoms Up

"Comfortable Accommodations"
"Quality food"
"Unbiased Education based on Science"
"Quality Health Care - including Natural Cures"
"Clean and Healthy environment"
"Exposure to good and unbiased literature, art and music"
"Free energy" (meaning free use of patents already confiscated by the Powerful Elite)

Bottom Up change is the only way to make this a reality. Voting for top down change wont achieve the above results that could easily be completed. Bottoms Up!

George also saw it like it is

Am I negative?

Not at all... in fact I am very positive and I have a huge belief in humanity. We CAN make this transition to think and act bottom up. See Pioneering the new economy here. That article may appear to be a mickey mouse solution, but it truly is a simple “joint effort” example of bottom up change.

Using the Power of Duplication - bottom up change could become a global phenomena. The “Occupy Movement” was an indication the world is ready. Although the movement itself was just a bunch of noise.... it did display the fact that humanity is ready for change.

The strangest thing is, change needed begins with the attitude that “any change at all, is all up to me."

To sum up and bridge my rant to the title of this article... “Provincially(State) and Federally voting is a waste of time.” Look around, it "achieves nothing." Voting is however a visual display, and evidence of, humanities belief that someone else should do something. Worse yet, it is an example of, and belief of a system, "where a single vote, without personal action," will make a difference to the world. Plus evidence in humanities illogical assumption, that someone else WILL make things better.

That to me, would be a scary way to live. Don't waste your time voting, instead, do something to make your own community better.

"Intelligence may control the mechanism of civilization, wisdom may direct it, but spiritual idealism is the energy which really uplifts and advances human culture from one level of attainment to another."

If you enjoyed my rant even just a little - bottom up assistance in "SHARING" this hub is greatly appreciated. Thank YOU. Lets Co-create together. "Bottom's UP"

My follow through hub to read on this topic is Back to Zero - A Positive approach to necessary change.

This video explains this Hub from another perspective.

Quote from Abraham - Hicks. 118% correct

We would like you to reach the place where you're not willing to listen to people criticize one another… where you take no satisfaction from somebody being wrong… where it matters to you so much that you feel good, that you are only willing to think positive things about people…you are only willing to look for positive aspects; you are only willing to look for solutions, and you are not willing to beat the drum of all of the problems of the world.

--- Abraham-Hicks

Politics, Media & Distortions .... they really are powerless.

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Ericdierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

I cannot be quite so much a skeptic. Why are our presidential races so close. Just to entertain the masses like a giant conspiracy plot? They spend billions on advertising just for their own egos? Possible I suppose. Why even tax people? What of the Vietnam war protests -- they had no impact? Civil rights marches were just allowing us kindergarten games?

I think it is less simplistic than a giant conspiracy of the Trillionaires.

Great stuff here and fantastic fodder for thought, thank you.


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Neil Sperling 2 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

Ericdierker - thanks for the quick comment - The hub is much less about conspiracy than you make it out to be - really it is about positive change happens from bottom up not top down. Glad you think it is good food for thought. Cheers


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

I totally agree Neil, we need change from the bottom up. Here in Australia our newly elected (not my fault) LNP Government handed down it's first budget. It is a shocker, penalising the poor, pensioners, unemployed, low income families and pandering to the wealthy. It will drive a wedge between the Rich and poor even deeper. Even people that voted for this party are shocked at the extent of the cuts and broken promises. We have, like America had a basically two major party system, but I think that is getter closer to changing. You are right we need to make a change first at local grass roots level first. Our current leaders are out of touch and don't truly care for the welfare of the people....just the economy and the top end of town.


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Neil Sperling 2 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

Jodah - It id a global issue ... same everywhere. Thanks for taking time to read and make your comment. Share on! :-)


Just One Aussie 2 years ago from Australia

Jodah - it doesn't matter at all which Gov is in power - one rapes and the other one seduces, but the end result is always the same.

There's only one way to bring Big Gov to it's knees, and that's if the majority of people didn't vote for either major Party and just voted for any other small Party regardless of their agendas. The country would be in such a terrible mess that total panic would rule and total reform on all levels would then have to be implemented ASAP. Can't wait for the day that just 'might' happen!

I live in Queensland too & this State is becoming one big hole in the ground. There is an Inter-active Map on the Net showing all the areas under mining, and that's most of Qld... real scary viewing!

https://webgis.dme.qld.gov.au/webgis/webqmin/viewe...

With all the corruption, the pollution, and Big Brother secret activities going on, I truly believe we are rapidly reaching the point of no return and it's heartbreaking to watch it happen. Who owns Australia now anyway???

Most oldies are too tired or sick to fight anymore, most middies are too busy with families and trying to keep their heads above water to fight, and with the few student demonstrations lately, maybe it's the youngies now, who will have the determination, the will, and the energy needed to fight for what's right.


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Dana Tate 2 years ago from LOS ANGELES

"Negative" ? Certainly not. This is one of the most informative hubs I have read. I agree with you 100% that it is our responsibility to make this world better for us and generations to come. We have gotten dull and tired constantly complaining and waiting for someone else to do something. We do need to become more involved in our politics, supporting our youth and local talents and bring life back into our world. We all need to understand that if we are to find joy in this world it is up to us to make that happened by working together and not against each other. I hate to admit this but even though I vote I always found it a waste of time. For me it has always been not voting for the right one, but choosing who is the lesser evil of the two.


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tirelesstraveler 2 years ago from California

Spending time working at the local level is really the best way to change.

The mantra of the 70's was you can't legislate morality. Which is exactly what they have done and it has done as George said produced a poor specimen of ignorant people.


mbuggieh 2 years ago

While the Twain quotation is clever, the real man---Samuel Clemens, was active in voting and politics.

In fact:

Clemens wrote political pamphlets for the American Anti-Imperialist Society (a political party);

Campaigned for women's right to vote;

Was a supporter of the Knights of Labor and the American Labor Movement for which he vote speeches and campaigned;

Was active in local politics wherever he lived including Buffalo and Elmira (New York).

In fact, some of his later writings are so politically-charged---particularly in terms of aggressive political attacks against organized religion, that they were suppressed until long after his death.


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Neil Sperling 2 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

Just One Aussie - Great post.... thanks for sharing


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Neil Sperling 2 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

Dana - Thanks " working together and not against each other" ... you nailed it on the head - thanks again.


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Neil Sperling 2 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

Tireleestravelor - You got it... thanks for commenting ^5


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Neil Sperling 2 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

Mbuggish - good facts - what we don't know is "was he paid for the writing he did for the parties" ... a man has to eat! Thanks for sharing


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PDXKaraokeGuy 2 years ago from Portland, Oregon

Morrissey said it best: "Good people don't succeed in politics. it's impossible."

I'm a libertarian. I believe the government does more harm than good. In 2008, I voted for libertarian Bob Barr. I knew he wouldn't win, but my state was not in play and I couldn't stomach the freedom hating Machiavellian Obama/Biden ticket or the wretched McCain./Palin ticket. in 2012, My state was in play and I still hated Obama, and only loathed Romney, so Romney got my vote.

The biggest problem is that people don't want to take responsibility for themselves. They want the government to solve their problems. They won't. The government is a parasite. It cares nothing for the constituency, unless that constituency is a donor... and really only the r(e)ich can provide meaningful donations.

Do I hate the rich? Absolutely not! I hated the Occupy Movement. It reeks or jealousy and class envy-- two traits that the left (despite being super rich themselves) use to divide this country along economic lines. I don't care how much CEO's, or anyone else makes. It's not my business. It's not my place to tell someone how much they can or cannot make. If a CEO makes less money or more money, it won't affect me one iota. My life won't be affected, nor will the lives of those in the Occupy movement. It's just simple jealousy. Money, class, party, social, religious-- these classifications are all divisive things used to divide and weaken the populace. As long as those in power can exploit these differences between people, things will never change.


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Neil Sperling 2 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

PDXKaraokeGuy - Yip "The government is a parasite." .... and a puppet on the strings of just a few. I enjoyed your rant.... much of what you said is the same as me. Divide and conquer is the method of control... the solution is simple.... bottom up change. Thanks for reading and taking time to comment. ^5


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Neil Sperling 2 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

Just One Aussie - further to your comment - I enjoyed your closing statement "Most oldies are too tired or sick to fight anymore, ----- exactly as the elitist planned----- most middies are too busy with families and trying to keep their heads above water to fight, -----Again exactly as elitist planned----- and with the few student demonstrations lately, maybe it's the youngies now, who will have the determination, the will, and the energy needed to fight for what's right." -----let's just hope the youngies think for themselves and don't believe the one sided crap and pile of lies that they are too often taught-----

Aussie - I also LOVE and agree with your quote to Jodah " it doesn't matter at all which Gov is in power - one rapes and the other one seduces, but the end result is always the same."


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MizBejabbers 2 years ago

I have to agree with the “it doesn’t matter which government is in power…” statement. They all have their self interests. What I am seeing today is that the United States is becoming the “Disunited States”. Our Constitution allegedly guarantees everyone the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, yet it gives back certain powers to the states. This in itself is discriminatory depending on your income, gender, or even sexual preference. Politics today are played toward community interest, not what is best for the people as a whole. For proof of this statement, please pay attention to the political ads on TV and read the letters to the editor in the newspaper. One candidate for office in our state goes so far as to promise that HE is going to lower taxes, and what’s pathetic is that some people believe him.


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ImKarn23 2 years ago

Sadly, Neil - i know little of my own country's politics, but - ask me anything about the US's...lol

There is NO SUCH THING as a trickle down effect anymore. That only happened when corporations weren't considered human - and weren't bigger than god!

NOBODY CARES about the little guy, the middle class is disappearing - and what's left - is a trickle UP effect!

Bravo for writing an informative hub. What is the answer? I have several...lol

(none of them socially acceptable..haha)

sharingxx


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

Hey Neil, check out this poem I wrote..same sentiment as your article but fewer words: http://hubpages.com/literature/Trust-Me-Ill-say-an...


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Wesman Todd Shaw 2 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

We have to be the change we want to see in the world. I hate Monsanto, so I almost never purchase anything which could be considered a processed food.

Yeah I want a car, but I don't have one...so I can be proud to not have a huge "carbon footprint."

The internet - is the tool we're going to use to throw all these ideas in the faces of people who would otherwise have never seen or considered them, that all said, some folks simply can NOT and will NOT be reached with a new idea.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

I agree Wesman, Monsanto is one of the worlds great evils. I have written vehemently against them and GMOs trying to get the message across.


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Neil Sperling 2 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

Thanks Karen .... I more than appreciate your thoughts and time ... and big thanks for sharing!

hugs my friend :-)


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Neil Sperling 2 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

Jodah - I shall


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Neil Sperling 2 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

\Wesman - Me too --- very seldom eat processed foods.... as for car.. I continue to drive as I think there are merging technologies that will blow peoples minds. Thanks for the time and comment


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Neil Sperling 2 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

Jodah - do not push against Monsanto - the real article writing should be promoting GMO organic produce. Enlighten listeners with positive rather than fear. Beside - the solution to taking Monsanto down is simple "Buy Organic"


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Neil Sperling 2 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

MizBejabbers - The only agenda I see politics has is ONE. "Divide and conquer" ... and I suggest NOT paying attention to their advertizing and verbal discourse. Go out and do something bottom up to create change. politics is a waste of every ones time.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

Yes Neil, I agree buy organic. But unfortunately it goes far beyond that to many products that aren't offered as 'organic' but contain GM ingredients, and Monsanto has representatives as members on boards of so many other companies that don't even at first sight seem connected wit GM products.


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mts1098 2 years ago from InsideTheManCave

Well I could not agree more that voting from state to federal is a complete waste of time and I am not even convinced that local voting is worthwhile. We recently had a road bypass put in that required a local vote to proceed - the local voters (myself included) voted NOT to proceed with the bypass. According to local media, the voters had the numbers and it was put in anyway. Nonetheless I enjoyed the read - cheers


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Neil Sperling 2 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

Jodah - may I suggest getting to know Abrahm Hicks - here is one for starters - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MpA_Kqsk160


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Neil Sperling 2 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

mts1098 - LOL ... I agree - itcan be a challenge even at the local level.... that said the more we rally on the local level - the more ACTIVE people will become. Step by step inspiring change from the bottom up. Thanks for your post and taking time to read.


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teaches12345 2 years ago

It seems that voting has become a useless means of selecting officials. No matter who we vote in, the powers that be seem to pass their own agendas.


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Neil Sperling 2 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

teaches12345 - I agree...... That's because the main agenda comes down from Trillionaires even more so than Billionaires. Bottoms Up!

Thanks for reading and commenting.


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Cheeky Girl 2 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

In the corporate world, when a high up exec is appointed in a very responsible Job, and his career is measured on the success or failure of that mandate, he busts his ass to achieve everything, Neil.

When a politician is elected to lead, lead can mean anything. There are no strict mandates or codes or contractual obligations he need fill. If he has work to do and has no intention of doing it, he will find excuses. If he has asses to kiss, he will kiss them.

If politics ever accomplished anything, then we would be all a lot less cynical. Behind a lot of western politicians, there are hundreds of minions who secretly lobby and groups who nudge the issues towards a certain outcome. Pressure groups are used constantly to keep some stories constantly either in, or out of the news.

The truth is, that many players in the media have been painting politics a certain way... we all know some media in the USA or wherever country you care to name - have relations of "dependency" with political organisations and politicians.

All politicians are the same. The fact that they try to seem "different" from one another is just a childish sleight of hand that wouldn't amuse even magicians like Penn and Teller. A lot of us can see through it.

But the public, for whatever reasons, just don't complain enough to the point where they are prepared to do anything about it. A wise man once said a little revolution every now and then is a good thing. But I fear politicians want no ripples on the pond, and so they use oppressive laws and security systems to severely limit civil liberties. That gives them room to wiggle and maneuver.

Whether change should be from the top down or the bottom up, sometimes sounds like the ruling class and the working / middle class passing the proverbial buck.

What is the solution?

Maybe we should do away with the current system of political appointment and try a system similar to businesses. The person has to be audited for their skills, for their educational merits, where relevant. They have to have no criminal records.

The politicians of the future should have contracts just like employees, and if they break those contracts, or rules of behavior, they get fired.

Hey, if it should apply to me, then I want it to apply to them.

I am tired of seeing politicians getting away with it so often. Great Hub, Neil! Cheers!


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Neil Sperling 2 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

Cheeky Girl - As always you show your intellectual and writing capabilities with your clear and concise reply post.

Thanks for being you! You rock my friend. And thanks for taking time to read and comment on my post.

All the best


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Neil Sperling 2 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

Great Timeless Truths

In my many years I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm and three or more is a government......John Adams

If you don't read the newspaper you are uninformed, if you do read the newspaper you are misinformed...... Mark Twain

Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of government. But then I repeat myself......Mark Twain

I contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle......Winston Churchill

A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul......George Bernard Shaw

Foreign aid might be defined as a transfer of money from poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries......Douglas Casey, Classmate of Bill Clinton at Georgetown University

Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys......P.J. O'Rourke, Civil Libertarian

Government is the great fiction through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else......Frederic Bastiat, French economist (1801-1850)

I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts...... Will Rogers

If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it's free!.....P.J. O'Rourke

In general, the art of government consists of taking as much money as possible from one party of the citizens to give to the other......Voltaire (1764)

Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn't mean politics won't take an interest in you!.....Pericles (430 BC.)

No man's life, liberty, or property is safe while the legislature is in session......Mark Twain (1866)

Talk is cheap...except when government does it...... Anonymous

The government is like a baby's alimentary canal, with a happy appetite at one end and no responsibility at the other...... Ronald Reagan

The only difference between a tax man and a taxidermist is that the taxidermist leaves the skin......Mark Twain

There is no distinctly Native American criminal class...save government......Mark Twain

What this country needs are more unemployed politicians...... Edward Langley, Artist (1928-1995)

A government big enough to give you everything you want is strong enough to take everything you have...... Thomas Jefferson

We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office...... Aesop


mbuggieh 2 years ago

Oddly enough---almost every one of these folks you quote here either (a) actively sought and sometimes won public office through elections or (b) actively supported candidates and worked to ensure that "their guy" got elected.

Doesn't this smack of hypocrisy to you?

Reminds me of Thomas Jefferson who was oh so against "big government" that he refused to attend the Constitutional Convention.

BUT...once the constitution was ratified and he did everything he could do to win the presidency---and he did. And when president, he did more to expand the power of the presidency than most presidents in US history.


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Neil Sperling 2 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

mbuggieh yip - hypocrisy --- OR --- they "maybe" believed they could change things from within the system.... but Plutocracy may have been the real deciding factor, their hands were tied or forced---- OR it is a case of "do as I say not as I do"

Thanks for your comment - good observation


Vannette Keast 24 months ago

Great read. Great discussion. Thanks!

I agree with much of article.


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Neil Sperling 24 months ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

Thanks Vannette - I appreciate you taking time to comment. I love you my friend.


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Anne Harrison 21 months ago from Australia

I was lucky enough to be in Hong KOng during the Umbrella Revolution. Perhaps, in the end, not much was achieved, but at leat their voices were heard, even in China where the Internet is so restricted and organised tours to HOng KOng were cancelled. Such things do give me hope that my voice, my vote, no matter how small, could make a difference. Even a small change is a change.

Thanks for the discussion


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Neil Sperling 21 months ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

Anne - I'm all for change - as my article points out - follow your heart and do what you feel is right.

Thanks for taking time to read and comment.


conniesmiles 20 months ago

In all of my speeches, while on the Shattering The Silence Tour and Documentary Project a FACSAFoundation.org, I always tell audiences that our solutions will not come from big government, but will be from people helping people, and communities helping communities; for that is all that has ever made a difference.


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Neil Sperling 20 months ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

thanks Conniesmiles ............. we are on the same page. Thanks for taking time to read and comment.

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