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My Thoughts XIV, Activism: A Twenty-four Hours Job

Updated on January 16, 2014

I was up until about half past four in the morning last night, again. I had picked-up one of my books, “The Inconvenient Indian, A Curious Account of Native People In North America”, by Thomas King and I could not put it down. The only thing that made me turn off the light eventually and try to catch some Zs was the fact that in a couple of hours Light would start shining-in through the window. I can no longer go to sleep if the Sunrise arrives when I am still awake so, I forced myself to sleep.

As I was lying in bed, well it’s not a bed – more like a mattress on the floor, I was thinking again about how unless I really make a conscious decision to shut down “the machine” (a term used by Aldous Huxley in regard to “the mind”), it never stops working. A great part of my life is dedicated to Activism. Therefore, there is always something to research and to work on.

Whether there are issues relating to the First Nations, Environmental issues, matters of politics or of social importance, the work is pretty much never-ending. Greenpeace ( never sleeps – there are Activists around the world working on different projects every day and night. How could I sleep, really ... while I am sleeping Japanese fishing fleets are hunting endangered species of whales in the Pacific Ocean. By the time I wake-up in the morning more poachers have hunted-down my good cousins in Africa, the Rhinos. They are also endangered but human greed has no limits ...

So, I sleep little at a time. I eat little at a time – always ready to go. Go where? Anywhere. Anywhere where I can be of help; anywhere where there is a necessity for Action. An Activist dedicates his or her Life and work to causes he/she believes in. There are many creeds of Activists, as there are causes to be involved in. That is why, in my opinion it is important to focus on just a few issues and not spread oneself too thin.

I remember not long ago, I received an email from an Activist in the United States asking for help with gun-control issues. All I did was sign a petition. I had to respond by saying that I honestly have no time to start getting involved with matters regarding gun-control in the States. It is not that I do not think a little gun control would be bad but I simply have only twenty-four hours in a day and that is not enough for everything. At this point, I remember Mrs. Lynda ( telling me once to pick my battles carefully – wise words indeed!

“You should meditate”, someone else advised me. Yes. The poachers should meditate too. The lying politicians should give it a try. How about we advise the Military Industrial System to meditate a little because all It is doing is continuing an arms race on this planet, which eventually will result in Death on scales we have not seen since WWII.

Activists have to always be on point. Just like their counter-parts: the police department, the lobbyists who relentlessly corrupt politicians with fat checks and private deals, the Secret Services (such as the RCMP here in Canada or the FBI in the States) who spy on us regularly with tax-payer's money and so on. You snooze, You lose ... so, no snoozing here. Haha!!

It is what it is. No complaints on my part – just some observations.

All the best to everyone!

Note: My Photograph, Toronto, 2010


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      Mr. Happy 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Thank You, Mr. Drbj. You are right, I do add passion to what I do. It enriches the flavor of the "juice of life", as Watergeek explained.

      Thank you again for taking the time to read and comment.

      All the best!

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      drbj and sherry 5 years ago from south Florida

      You do not appear to be simply an Activist, Mr. Happy. You are a passionate activist - the rarest kind. May you continue to be involved.

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      Mr. Happy 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Thank You for your visit and the kind words, Mrs. Fhperj48!

      I am happy You enjoyed the read. I really do not do much without passion. I think it is important that we do what we Love in Life and I try to live up to that idea. Nobody is forcing me to do anything.


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      Mr. Happy 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Haha!! Well put Watergeek: "the juice of life" - indeed! Keeps me vibrant lol. Most of my work is volunteer work ...

      Regarding your friend's work - if he needs some written material done, I might be able to help out a little - sustainable farming is critical - our methods of farming until now (the ones based on chemicals and fertilizers) have damaged the Earth, leaving dead soil and in many cases our ways of farming are also resulting in water scarcity in some parts of the world. Writing is something I always do, one way or another and it does not take me that much time (luckily). If the research is done, writing goes smooth. You can keep me in mind if You wish.

      All the best and thank You for taking the time to read and comment!

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      Mr. Happy 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Greetings Mr. Aravind,

      There is a line from a hip-hop song I like which says: "Rather be of real service than serve in Heaven" - I'm on this point so, I just try to help-out when and where I can. There is no secondary objective.

      Thank You very much for stopping by.


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      Mr. Happy 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Thank You for your visit and support, Mr. Erick Dierker. It is appreciated. : )

      All the best!

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      Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Mr. Happy....I sincerely commend you on your be deeply involved in activism.....what is vital to you and the world. I get the clear feeling that you are passionate and particular in what you support and protect.

      This has been inspirational to me, Mr. Happy. I admire your sense of morality..........UP+++

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      watergeek 5 years ago from Pasadena CA

      Sigh! My nonprofit hours are all used up. I can't afford to use supporting-myself hours to give skills away free of charge or I won't be able to pay rent. Now a friend is trying to persuade me to do public relations work for her friend who runs a sustainable farm in New Mexico. He's just been invited to show what he's doing at an EPA-sponsored expo in Washington DC and needs announcements, press releases, brochures. I don't have the time.

      However, this is the juice of life. This nonprofit work is how we make change happen. My most exciting and rewarding moments in life have all been connected with activism.

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      Aravind Balasubramanya 5 years ago from Puttaparthi, India

      Can empathize with you Mr.Happy. It is evident that for you the means and ends are both the same- activism. Many times, people render help or do work with some reward in mind. When doing the work or rendering help in themselves become rewards, we have a true 'activist'! :)

      Nice thoughts to read before I go to bed...

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      Eric Dierker 5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I reckon what you do in your place must be like butterfly wings affecting me. Thanks for your activism.