A few day ago while having a deep social/philosophical discussion with some new friends regarding what our country and western culture has become I was asked a remarkably well timed andsimple question; "What do we do about it?". I was caught off guard and replied truthfully, "I don't know." No one involved in the discussion disputed the degenerative path we, as a country, are skipping down to hell with holding a hand basket full of hopelessness. So how does one individual maintain his/her integrity and fight the system, a system that in it's current state is corrupt immoral and unjust?
rendered flaccid in the face of the mob.
Back to the question: What do we do about it? First let me state whatever one decides to do must be moral and not violate ones integrity. Additionally whatever is decide must not violate another persons individual rights. To not do so is to just be an agitator, rabble, unjust and immoral ceding any right to any credibility. With that said let me ask do you feel powerless and if so why? My bet is if you do feel powerless it is out of fear. Fear of not being able to make a difference, fear of ridicule, fear of being numbers 1-25 running onto the field and getting wacked with the baton. Oh! These are real fears, but fears nevertheless. Fear though has to be quantified and put in its rightful place. So after thinking about it I came up with the answer. Rationally think about your fears and integrity and prioritize your actions with the relationship between the two in mind.
So what does this mean? Well it will mean something different to each and every person. It may be as simple as overcoming the fear of publicly ridiculing someone who cuts in line at the grocery store. It may be actually penning a letter expressing ones heartfelt concerns and letting go of the fear of being monitored. It may to reinvestigate a closely held premises when contradicted. One may decide to respond to a friends Facebook post and ask for an explanation of the "Progressive Meme". Decide how your actions or inaction can help or not. And yes inaction is as valuable at times. Think if you refused to rent a room, car, serve a meal etc. to a member of the organization you strongly oppose.
The bottom line is this, do not be afraid to act (or not) on your values. Do not violate your integrity. Iam not going to say "Don't be afraid". Be very afraid if warranted but measure that fear alongside your values and integrity. I am not going to go into what happens when the state becomes all powerful....
For me, I am getting over my fear of cleaning up filthy stinking messes.