They protested the establishment. They protested the government. They protested the war. They protested the draft. They protested pollution. They protested bigotry. They protested hatred. Did I leave something out?
In those days, there was a lot of energy and a lot of spirit. There was a lot of dedication to important causes. Because of all the protests, a lot changed.
The other day, I was watching a special about Bob Dylan and the 60's and the protest scene.
I got wondering what happened.
A lot of people are still protesting today, but it seems as if not much has changed after all. We still have crazy wars. We still have bigotry and hatred. We now have global warming. And we're no longer protesting the establishment. We are the establishment.
So what's wrong? Is it because we don't have the same idealism? Is it because we are not active enough?
I got wondering what we could protest, what we need to change, to start solving these problems.
Then it hit me. (While I was watching the Dylan special).
WE NEED TO PROTEST OURSELVES!!!
We need to wake up the establishment!!! But, hey, that's us!!
HEY ---- US ---- WAKE UP!!!!
We are not fixing things because we are not truthful with ourselves. We are not fixing things because we don't look deeply at ourselves. We are not fixing things because we blame the other guy. That doesn't mean the other guy doesn't need some blaming -- just that we need to start by taking a close look at ourselves.
And we have to help our neighbor to do the same thing. We need to fix our blindspots.
We are the war. We are the prejudice. We are the global warming.
I am not letting the politicians, and Al Qaeda, and the extremists, and this group and that group off the hook.
I am just saying, the fix starts with us. Or it doesn't start. No amount of fixing the roof will solve a problem with the foundation.
Spread the word.