Sometimes, a little distance helps put things in perspective. Here is an insightful documentary that a good friend, Cklara, recommended that left me hopeful.
I post this not to invite the play out of an old worn out debate of the past century but to hopefully discuss these examples of current resistances. For those of us who can afford for this to be an ethical question, a luxury that could be easily ignored, perhaps it may help to situate this to a closer and relevant text. I first read Civil Disobedience when I was 16; it was probably one of the first things that I read that really spoke to me. Mainly because it called me out. I understand many of you will fear, as I do, what is being asked? To conscientiously not pay certain taxes? To be willing to go to prison over principles? To dissolve my relationship to the unjust State? wait… No, I can’t do that! …Can I?
Except that’s not all that is being asked. While admittedly already hard tasks, it is too easy to simply do what others have done before. In a critical way it misses the point. What is being asked is to think for one’s self and to act by one’s ethics. Asking how one should live is the first step in protest. This already is a powerful action. For those of us who can afford for this to be an ethical question, a luxury that could be easily ignored; let’s all get uneasy.