Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Times 'Person of the Year'

The Protester

What a Very Intelligent choice, not just any one group and not just a short time span but as the essay reads what People the World over have done for Change!

A very apt photo for these present times is used as well.

Below I'll give the start of that essay, then try and build a little more on the main while I'm sure any who comment will bring their individual thoughts about, that's 'grassroots' human ability to make change!

'Mohammed suffered a lot. he worked hard. But when he set fire to himself, it wasn't about his scales being confiscated. It was about his dignity.' —Mannoubia Bouazizi, Tunisia Photograph by Peter Hapak for TIME

Dec. 14, 2011 - Once upon a time, when major news events were chronicled strictly by professionals and printed on paper or transmitted through the air by the few for the masses, protesters were prime makers of history. Back then, when citizen multitudes took to the streets without weapons to declare themselves opposed, it was the very definition of news — vivid, important, often consequential. In the 1960s in America they marched for civil rights and against the Vietnam War; in the '70s, they rose up in Iran and Portugal; in the '80s, they spoke out against nuclear weapons in the U.S. and Europe, against Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, against communist tyranny in Tiananmen Square and Eastern Europe. Protest was the natural continuation of politics by other means.

And then came the End of History, summed up by Francis Fukuyama's influential 1989 essay declaring that mankind had arrived at the "end point of ... ideological evolution" in globally triumphant "Western liberalism." The two decades beginning in 1991 witnessed the greatest rise in living standards that the world has ever known. Credit was easy, complacency and apathy were rife, and street protests looked like pointless emotional sideshows — obsolete, quaint, the equivalent of cavalry to mid-20th-century war. The rare large demonstrations in the rich world seemed ineffectual and irrelevant. read more>>>

See pictures of protesters around the world.

Just one of the thirty six

Captain Ray Lewis, retired Philadelphia Police Officer recently arrested at Occupy Wall Street. "Walking across that intersection handcuffed was the proudest moment of my life." Lewis said. Mona Eltahawy, Egyptian-American journalist who was arrested and assaulted by police in Cairo in November. "The past 12 hrs were painful and surreal, but I know I got off much much easier that so many other Egyptians," Eltahawy tweeted.

There can be memories of past people power movements all the way to today's that are ongoing with some very violent others coming close to being as authoritative clashes with the mostly peaceful and others where both sides get along though with tensions hidden. Some are positive ending many not so but they make many others at least think and changes do occur, never rapidly but over time.

There is a whole history of this planet that can be used to understand why people stand up, all over, and eventually question those who set policies, far too often extremely tragic, that go against what's inside of most of us as the intelligent beings of this earth.

A recent writeup by one participating in the newer seeking voice in their Country, Russia, following the recent history of others and still ongoing, spoke volumes in a few words as to the why people come together:

Russian protests: Why I took to Moscow's streets

I decided to go not because I support any of the political parties. For the past 20 years, people have learned to be very skeptical about politicians. It's not because I believe that Putin will leave his post. I decided to go for myself. For my own right not to be ashamed of my principles and not to be ashamed of myself. Because I have my own opinion and I’m tired of hiding it. read more

You could pick statements from tens of thousands from throughout history and especially in the past couple of years, but what is above says it all for so many of those others who share same.

And there's a coming documentary that pulls our recent history together, as well as with the use of the technologies developed as to the new tools making a planet smaller and more as one community and not separate groups of human kind:

Film-in-progress traces Iraq War protest legacy

"We Are Many" shows how mobilization in 2003 set stage for Arab Spring and Occupy Wall Street

WE ARE MANY - Feature length Documentary Teaser from Amir Amirani on Vimeo.

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