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12:45 (0 minutes ago)
Dear Ms Lucas,
(Open letter published on my Tumblr & Wordpress blogs)
I’m pretty badly disappointed in you. After your colleague Jason Kitcat & his Green controlled council voted to cut Brighton Council workers’ pay by up to £4K/year (http://www.urban75.net/forums/threads/that-wonderfully-progressive-greens-party-is-about-to-bring-in-scab-labour.311238/ ) you rushed to defend the Green Party’s left wing credentials, joining a GMB sit-in & saying you’d get Kitcat to rethink his position. http://ceasefiremagazine.co.uk/lucas-joins-strike/ Now it seems you’re going round picking up litter in Brighton, effectively scabbing against the GMB workers. http://www.libcom.org/news/caroline-lucas-green-scab-17062013
I had been arguing with various trades union types that the TUC ought to switch from funding Labour to funding the Greens since according to the Political Compass the Greens were the only party left on the Left Libertarian quadrant - everyone else is in the right-wing authoritarian quadrant which gives us lefties little choice, especially when in order to conserve funds the Greens only field candidates where you believe you have a fighting chance. Given the lack of campaigning in areas where you don’t stand, that’s a catch-22 position, but one that getting the TUC on-side would sort out. Labour could fade into obscurity & irrelevance as the party that betrayed the working class while the Greens take up that mantle, and the right wing vote gets split between the Tories, UKIP, LibDems & what’s left of Labour.
But that’d be difficult if you go around saying you’ll back the unions on one day & then go scabbing against them not long after. What’s happening, seriously? I don’t want to be a spoiled ballot in the next general election. I want to vote Green, but I can’t if you do this.
¿Qué hace uno cuando se da cuenta de qué no puede cambiar el mundo?
(Translated into English: “What do you do when you realize why you can not change the world?”)
I’m not sure I agree with the assumption here. Breaking it down: the assumption is you cannot change the world. Individually, maybe, we have little chance to change the big things throughout the entire world within our lifetimes. Some things cannot realistically be changed anyway - gravity will always draw you downwards, water will always be wet & the sun always warm, fire always burns, etc. BUT you can group together with like-minded people, and in groups there is much we can change. You can change things that are under your direct influence, within your own sphere, and by exercising power over your own life you become an example to others. So, you can change the world - it’s just a big freaking deal to do so & it’s not guaranteed anyway.
If there is a reason why you can’t change the world - is that reason a removable obstacle? Can you un-block yourself from your goal? Is the reason something that you value more than the goal - i.e. a loved one or people who would be harmed by you making the change you want?
Even when you have seemingly little power though, you have some power. Even a prisoner in a prison camp has power over their own thoughts & behaviours & attitudes. Viktor Frankl found this as a prisoner in Auschwitz ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man’s_Search_for_Meaning ). Nelson Mandela had similar things to say about his incarceration, as did Brian Keanan when he was held hostage in Beirut.
I think the important thing is to accept what genuinely can’t be changed, but to know how much power you have in you to effect change, and to know when & how you can do so. Be like water: find the cracks you can get into & widen, the boulders you can roll & wear down the rock. Flow around what you can’t. David Graeber holds up the example of the Malagasy tribespeople who exercised their own anarchism in the face of government encroachment. When the government turned up, they just weren’t around. They retreated whenever the government came to get them. Non-confrontational, non-violent but effective resistance.
Sorry about my long-winded English answer - Lo siento, mi español es una mierda. :-)
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…just to say that I FUCKING HATE IT OMG when people say “You’re really pretty without glasses” …actually, more accurately it would be “YOUR really pretty without glasses” because apparently GRAMMAR is difficult…BUT BACK TO THE POINT…Glasses do not take away from a person’s beauty, they are a necessity to fucking see. VISION. God.
You’re really pretty, full stop. Glasses or no glasses.
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