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
Saturday, May 3, 2014
RGBS’s Film of the Week: Thirteen Days
Because I'm well aware of what happened in those days when I wasn't sure about what hell the next day would bring, I will not be viewing the film. I am posting this article because of its brief introduction to the featured film. Quijones (I suspect this is a pseudonym) is another person in the world who sees the threat of "MADness" taking over in today's world like it almost did back in those terrifying days in October 1961.