Okay I'm politically aware..... now what?
For all the anger and excitement over the recent US-election results (I'm guilty of the same), Tagore's rebuke seem fair:
"If anger be the basis of our political activities, the excitement tends to become an end in itself, at the expense of the object to be achieved. Side issues then assume an exaggerated importance, and all gravity of thought and action is lost; such excitement is not an exercise of strength, but a display of weakness."
He's right you know. Sure anger against Bush and his policies was what got us young folks in the political frame of mind, but to continue with that anger would be foolish.
Its time for action.
I wonder if the Political pundits are aware of the gold-mine they are sitting on.
Post march 2003(aka invasion of Iraq) , the youth of the world are far more politically savy and pro-active than they have been in a long while. But we have no guidance.
What can someone of the world over the age of 18, not affiliated with a political party nor with a career in journalism do?
We join the Army, to help out with the rebuiling of some war-torn bombed out country and come back in a flag-draped coffin.
We spend $13 to watch Mr. Moore's movie and then learn ...err ..he might have stretched the truth a bit.
We join the protest rally and then are told we are actually hurting the system by projecting the crazy hippy picture.
We drag our low-rise jeans to vote and find out that its the vote by some dolt in Iowa that 'really' counts.
And now that Bush is elected again, are we done?
Should we just curl up in our cocoon of 'studying and building a career' and only wake up when our neighbour down the street gets blown to bits?
What can we do though?
Rally against the corporate monopoly?
Boycott Tommy/Dolcy Gabana/Gucci/Proctor and Gamble?
Converge in Ottawa when he comes for the official visit to Canada or any other country for that matter?
Or take the indirect path making ourselves more knowledgeable through the right books/documentaries/media and then write about it in our blogs or favourite internet forum?
Is anyone doing anything?
Can I join?