This video was forwarded to me a few hours ago, and I imagine now it is making its way across the screens and speakers of computers all over the world. It is a powerful, moving piece - corny, too - but it will likely affect people by giving them an injection of hope. My 90 year-old mom said to me yesterday that she wishes I'd gotten a job in Canada...she is feeling depressed about the state of the world, as almost all critically thinking people are these days. I recognize that we are in for a helluva ride in the coming year. All plans are off for what will transpire with the coming election. If the Republicans steal this one, again, will the people rise up? If the Dems win, will the crazies in the hinterlands start a violent civil war? How are the various factions adding up the score these days? T, our neighbor, who comes twice a month to help us control the dust in our house, is paranoid. She tells me stories about the M13 and, I, in my ignorance, thought she was talking about a new automatic weapon. No, she said, it's a violent gang that is trying to take over the world. They are currently in deep conflict with the gangs in LA. M13 apparently originated with the Contras. I imagine it is being fed by all sorts of groups, the leaders of our coup d'etat (or rogue goverment, if you prefer, a gentler name for it) included. T said she won't leave the island anymore due to the proliferation of guns and violence. I wonder how much fear you need to swallow before you become emotionally and physically paralyzed in that way. I wonder how many of us privileged folks are walking around in a delirium, taking our meds (well, I take my vitamins, thank you), and blissfully unaware of the brutality under our noses.
I guess this wondering will have to wait a bit. I have the last bits of my book to wrap up...assuming anyone will be reading such things come the winter. Time seems to be shortening rapidly.
Watch the video. It will cheer you up, as long as you don't think a leader will save us...it's us who's got save us, by making the leader work for us.