Revolution

Posted on 19 May 2016

You say you want a revolution
Well, you know
We all want to change the world
You tell me that it’s evolution
Well, you know
We all want to change the world

But when you talk about destruction
Don’t you know that you can count me out

Don’t you know it’s gonna be all right.

~Lennon/McCartney

I’m just old enough to remember the 60s. We even lived next to a hippy commune when I was a kid. A lot of amazing things happened in that era. To this day we are benefitting from some of the cultural shifts that time brought on. But make no mistake, it was also a frightening and violent time.

In that era we saw the assassinations of John F Kennedy, Robert Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr, and Malcolm X. We had the Kent State massacre. And just as we entered the 1970s, the Munich Olympic Massacre, thought to be a terrorist act by the PLO. We were all terrified of worldwide obliteration brought on by a nuclear war.

Most Americans are taught a little about the bloodbath that was the French Revolution, because it connects with the US Revolution. Not many are taught about the bloodbaths that were the Russian and Chinese revolutions.

Without a question we need major changes happening around the world. But don’t go thinking it’s about charismatic leaders and heroic fights. The world is still filled with nuclear weapons. A violent revolution will most assuredly push this world beyond the brink of human survivability.

The future is about all of us learning how to take responsibility for ourselves, our communities, and our environment. It will be about dedicated work to bring peace, and to cool the flames of fear and anger. Simply smashing everything up and expecting, “There, that will make things better” is pure foolishness. Learn how to reach out a hand in care and thereby teach others how to care: this must be done now, this must be done tomorrow and the next day: this must become a way of life.

Peace and kindness,

Katherine


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