We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore Lappé, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
I try to stay current, but just stumbled on this thought provoking essay which helps one to think a bit more critically about shared "truths" or assumed-to-be truths. The essay leads me to an even more profound understanding of the tremendous power that the powerful capitalist ruling class has at its disposal: the ownership of all major media that most people access for their "truths".