Do you ever get the feeling that events in the world are spinning out of control and there is nothing we can do to alter their seemingly inevitable course? War is spreading, terrorists are being created, civil liberties are being steadily eroded, religion is being used as an excuse for any behaviour, fear mongering by governments and the inseparable media is rampant, consuming and conforming is the norm.
On a daily basis I have conversations with people who are oblivious to what is really going on in the world. All these people so busy doing doing doing. No one has the time and/or inclination to look inside themselves, let alone try to figure out their place in this life, why they are here, what is their purpose. The daily grind of wake up, shovel some food in, go to work, come home, eat food, watch TV, die, seems to be the norm.
People don’t seem to be talking about anything of real import, just chatting away about past events or gossipping about other people, or what was on TV last night. How do you get through to people without being dismissed as some ‘damn liberal’ or ‘hippie’ as if by that one comment anything you say is irrelevant?
How is it possible to start people opening their eyes, when all they seem to really care about is stuff and how to accumulate as much as possible before they die? How can we start reaching people on a greater than one to one basis? Do protests really achieve anything much apart from a feel good buzz for the participants? Who pays attention to activist websites, stickers, art, or music except those who are already conscious?
What will it take for people to start becoming conscious on a mass scale?
How can we help people wake up faster than the birth/death/conversion to fundamentalism rate?
More and more I am starting to think that there is so little that I can do that is going to have any real impact. I wonder if Gandhi felt the same way? It seems so implausible that one person could have made such a difference – and I am no Gandhi so what can I possibly achieve?
More and more I am wondering if it doesn’t make sense to just bow out of it and go and do my own thing. As Gandhi said, “Become the change that you want to see” in the hope that showing that there is a different way of living your life that it may catch on. It seems like such a cop out in so many ways, and yet daily contact with first world bullshit can suck all the energy out of you in a flash, or worse still trap you in the daily grind without you even realising it has happened.
I really want to make a difference but I don’t know quite how to go about it.