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I don't speak with my big brother enough, he lives in another city and due to life and limitations we don't see each other often enough at all for the history we share. I reminded him that it was my responsibility as well to call him, not just the other way around. He, like myself has an affinity for the larger picture and the small details and as we were talking something was different. I heard something in his voice, and it sounded like resignation for all of this that we are going through, no optimism, not too much hope, just a kind of solemn resignation. We made note of those things that we talk about and both of us came to the same kind of conclusion. We have awoken late into the first quarter of a new era, a new epoch of time, and the changes happened under our noses with the smell of apathy lingering on now.
I thought about the revolution, or at this point the re-evolution happening now. The changing habits of a lifestyle/generation I am just partially aware of. I am old school, I read news sites like newspapers I have expectations of a set of standards that have long been handed down. I write for an audience that is willing to read past the first few lines to get the entirety of their opinions. I make the same mistakes and just parrot other voices, put up the stories of my indignation hoping for someone else to give a rat's ass too. Can't you see I am angry? Can't you see me pointing out what the other person is doing? Can't you feel my pain? What are you going to do about it for me? Yeah, that's not there anymore either.
A resignation of sorts has slipped into our national psyche that we have to deal with. This is not the problem for the energized opponents that will stand behind a billboard if they thought it would protect their sensibilities. This is our issue, these are the things that we on the sane-er side of the wall have to make sure we know going forward. Because their is no revolution if you do not choose to take action, pointing fingers and wailing about your expectations is old news. The world, especially our side of things has really changed and the messages and actions that are going to correct the course toward a better future, have also changed in a fundamental manner. If we don't recognize this, then we are just as bad as those we rail against.
News and media organizations have changed their tack, their platforms going away from the societal groupthink back to the individual opinions and reasonings. That basic premise is a very large shift in mainstream media, and it is worth noting we do that here. TV habits, media and information gathering have changed as well. The networks bound by all the sponsorship money and payroll are finding that their owners manipulation of the news and its entertainment aspect are no longer a part of the national fabric as much. People don't sit down and watch TV at a certain time, or day. They skip over the news and commercials, they fast forward until they are back into their bubbles of comfort and understanding. There is an overwhelming amount of input that the average citizen is put under on a daily basis. Some can handle much of it, some can handle little of it, and a good majority just pick and choose theirs from the drop down menu's. There is not so much a revolution right now as much as there is an awareness of this re-evolution we woke up in.
The stories copied and pasted will not get through. The emotions will not be felt in a tweet. The pain cannot be encompassed by an emoji. Yet that is what we have left the next generation with to make the hard decisions, the ones that affect the entire planet, the ones that really could doom us all in a heartbeat. We have slowly but surely taken away their ability and even their want's to engage in the change as it happens. We were apathetic to their voices and now they are apathetic to ours. I can just see the ads of the "Get it Yourself! Old Man!" meals sure to grace our store freezers in the near future.
Human interaction has changed, we have been firmly placed into a world where fewer and fewer are living with a standard job, a standard family, a standard anything. If anything that this last few years has taught me is that we don't have any standards left, not that it's a bad thing in some cases but baby and bathwater to much. This whole throw it all out and just get a new one agenda was a well trained premise, we do it with everything, including dogs and spouses. So yes, we do need a revolution, but at the same time we may just not be on the side we think we are?
This is not some proficizing of doom, not some line that we will never make it. It is actually an time to celebrate, because it means that we are truly changing as humans into something better. A revolution is surely underway, yet until we connect the dots, it will fall away like so much into that uncaring pit of resignation. The science we have been achieving at an amazing pace can save the planet. The wealth that we associate with the capitalistic world soon to be going wayside to the demands of a basic income for all. Greed, wealth and privilege are going to be the scarlet letters of a future that will rely on acceptance and a common understanding of the importance of all. I don't know for sure if we are engaging in a revolution or just experiencing a re-evolution in all honesty. All I can say is that you cannot have either without acknowledging the other. In the meantime though we will show our indefatigable human condition and we will certainly rise up 1000 times again if needed to achieve that elusive dream. Tomorrow.