with all the world at stake

April 12, 2010 § 4 Comments

“WOULD ANY SANE PERSON think dumpster diving would have stopped Hitler, or that composting would have ended slavery or brought about the eight-hour workday, or that chopping wood and carrying water would have gotten people out of Tsarist prisons, or that dancing naked around a fire would have helped put in place the Voting Rights Act of 1957 or the Civil Rights Act of 1964? Then why now, with all the world at stake, do so many people retreat into these entirely personal “solutions”?”

–derrick jensen, forget shorter showers


§ 4 Responses to with all the world at stake

  • Fantastic article by Derrick Jensen! Depressing, infuriating, but fantastic. Thanks for posting.

  • “Personal” solutions or change is strictly for the benefit of the person who has decided he or she is committed to making a difference without really having to do the work. That way he or she can sleep at night by saying, “Well I did my part.” Well, all I can say is your prayers and good wishes do nothing for those who do not have the basic means to survive. They only make you feel better about yourself for not doing a damn thing to truly help another.

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