Whew, time for some good news
With all of the terrifying developments in the world – and they are very real, unfortunately – it seems essential to pay attention to the good news and the victories, the positive examples and the hopeful signs, as well as the ominous trends. If we don’t, then we may well be swamped by feelings of powerlessness, and then very little is possible.
Empowerment, and therefore inspiration, is critical. In fact, I believe this is the bottle-neck: this is the limiting factor. People have a pretty good sense of what is going on, at least in rough outline. And polls repeatedly indicate that the basic values of the people of both the Western world and the world as a whole, are ones of fairness, ecological sustainability, peace, authentic democracy, and equity. What is needed is a greater degree of empowerment: that is, a recognition of our power.
In fact, if “the threat of a good example” is what the power elite and empire-mongers fear most, then that is precisely what we must provide: working alternatives to a self-destructive system of madness.
Together we shape the world. If we choose passivity and resignation, then we abdicate both our right – our privilege – and our responsibility to share collectively in choosing our future and our ever-unfolding present. In order to spur ourselves and one another to greater awareness of our collective power as citizens, and our empowerment as individuals, we need inspiration as well as determination. In short, sometimes we simply need some encouraging examples. That being said, here is a small selection of good news.
November 18, 2006
Norway breaks the mould
Church of England divests $3.84 million from arms dealer
Cities begin to take action on peak oil
Sweden declares it will be an oil-free society by 2020
Cuba demonstrates success in responding to oil crisis, creates an organic revolution
Cities show leadership where “higher” governments fail
Not with a whimper: courts and journalists show they still have some spine
An empire at twilight:
Superpower’s global dominance in question
The crisis of legitimacy:
Global corporate rule is now fragile
Chavez confronts US empire at UN,
Americans respond by showing more confidence in Chavez than Bush,
taking his recommendation and reading Chomsky in record numbers
The Western world’s leading dissident
becomes #1 author
on world’s biggest online bookstore
Nader publicly nominates Bill Moyers for President
Hydrogen is happening: cutting through the fog – and the smog
Science begins to realize the obvious,
and begins to awaken to what Kropotkin
pointed out over 100 years ago:
cooperation is as natural as competition
– in fact, moreso among the primates and
other species of higher intelligence