“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead
MP pay rises. Banker bonuses. NHS and public sector privatisation fire sale. Demonisation of the poor; All these things are rife within our current system, with the Government targeting minority groups to blame for the economic crises and yet, to this point, largely the public have done nothing about it.
The question is why?
Some have come to call this ‘the one’ syndrome. Everyone waiting for ‘the one’ to come along and lead us out of the darkness, but in doing this we have missed the very essence of the power we possess within ourselves. For this I blame the manipulation of history or should I say HIS-tory.
History has taught us that individuals made change, my great example of this being the 1960’s Civil Rights Movement in America. History has defined the Civil Rights Movement as Martin Luther King Jnr and Malcolm X, but they as individuals were not the Civil Rights Movement, the people were.
People such as Rosa Parks, who refused to give up her seat on a bus, and a million other, faceless and now nameless, people who took part in direct action and civil disobedience, to try to bring about change, were the movement. Without these people and their united actions, there would have been no platform for the likes of Martin Luther King or Malcolm X to speak from and no change.
What we are left in the meantime is a public drifting passively through the ages, waiting for the next messiah to come along and lead them into the light, when all that they really have to do is lead themselves. The rhetoric of our past has disarmed us, done so to create an apathy and feeling of it cannot be done. The truth is that if determined enough, even a small group of people working as a collective and make change and the recent events in Egypt should serve as timely and truthful reminder of this for us all.
Having a focal point to orate and galvanise the public comes with time, but first people need to take a stand together or else we will continue spinning our wheels, being led by the least amongst us.
We can continue to participate in the lies they create for us or we can begin to create our own reality.