Around the first of the year, I had drafted an essay about going to the next level: Specifically, going beyond articulating what's wrong, what's harming us all (although this is a necessary step), and trying to develop some ways to reach the minds of our fellow citizens. Strategies to help create awareness of our very dangerous state of affairs here.
Since then, the daily developments on the national level (and here in NC) have been alarming, and it's been difficult to focus on solutions when feeling numb and battered. I know from talking and corresponding with some of you that you feel the same way. These are truly insane times, unprecedented in so many ways, and most in the media aren't articulating this lump-in-the-gut feeling many of us have. But then, this culture doesn't really cater to the perceptive among us, does it?
Then there's the issues of the anger we feel at the utterly obtuse among us, whose numbers apparently are legion. Along those lines, I think this piece by Michael Payne says a lot:
The degree to which this violation of the privacy of the American people has been pursued by the NSA is simply astounding. It’s starting to feel like we are actually living in the modern-day version of Orwell’s Oceania here in 2014; and their reaction to this situation might be best described as “See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.” Or “don’t rock the boat”, “let sleeping dogs lie”, and “I could care less.”
Probably one of the most critical issues at the moment is the dangerous TPP, a nefarious, highly secretive trade deal which the corporatists and their puppet Obummer have been frantically trying to "fast track" before anyone gets a chance to grasp how utterly disastrous it is for 99% of Americans. And the planet. And national sovereignty. But how many citizens are paying any attention? If as many people paid attention to what Gov-Corp is up to as paid attention to the playoffs, we'd have a very different country. All this has been said before.
Of course, this is hardly the only big issue right now. There are so many: The dims caving in to reduce the number of Wall Street regulators, the refusal of Congress to extend unemployment benefits (or to halt the exodus of good-paying jobs), a federal appeals court killing net neutrality, the radiation from Fukushima affecting us and the planet, the failure of Congress to do anything but further enrich their wealthy patrons, and so on, and so on.
So I ask you, readers, what can we do to help create mass awareness of critical issues, and therefore a cultural tipping point? What should we be focusing on now? What can we do to combat our own despair?