Dan74 wrote: ↑
Mon Aug 12, 2019 6:31 am
Well, yes and no.
Sure the system sucks in many ways and can and should be improved. At the same time, people buckling down and doing their best under the circumstances, rather than delegating all responsibility for their fate to the unjust system is an inspirational thing. It has become de rigeur to complain and rage and give up, and most of us can find plenty of excuses for doing so. So this gritty quality, that folks decry as uncle tomist with some justification, I find to be a very positive attitude, nevertheless.
Not everyone is going to be a revolutionary, pushing for change. And actually if such folks could be persuaded to join a movement for change, what a wonderful moving addition that would be. But in the meantime, if, given all the internal and external constraints, we just pull ourselves together and do our best, that's something to celebrate, surely.
I know there is an unspoken message in these stories that all the folks who complain about the system are just the loudmouths who lack the moral fibre of these heroes. That's the pernicious part, yes.
Right, so for the majority of us ordinary citizens without the deep connections to the political & big corporations, I suppose all we can do is grit our teeth and focus on survival as our privilege and powers our limited; make the best out of an non-ideal situation, as in try to make lemonades out of all the lemons that life throws at us.
But I do not think it means that we should become complacent to the encroachment & infringement on human rights and freedoms.More efforts are required to protect basic essential rights & freedoms & livelihood, against big government & corporations encroachment upon it.. I agree that excessive complaints is not very productive, but given the powerless situations for many of us ordinaries, I suppose all we can do for now is complain to highlight the issues.
What other followup actions can we do: sign more petitions or join more protests, create more or join non-profit liberty civil unions, or lobby towards the lawmakers?
“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable." - John F. Kennedy
For example, some more supporting evidence of surveillance state and oppression in late-stage capitalism: in several Canadian big cities, I notice an increase big governments money-grabbing activities in recent years, such as increase in taxes and insurance rates and traffic/tax-misreporting fine rates, more automated traffic cameras on the streets recording speeding or bad-turns with heavier fines, more police patrols and blockades, increasing housing prices and taxes to un-affordable levels, mortgages/credit card debts/payday loan sharks becoming the accepted norm... etc. As if we are not paying enough taxes already!
... Or maybe it's easier & safer to just let go of all the strife & worries in the mind, and focus more to peaceful & happy thoughts are imaginations, like rebirths to the Buddha's purelands!
Namo Shakyamuni Buddha .... Namo Amitbha Buddha .... Namo Buddha-ya...
May all sentient beings be liberated from Samsara.