High Noon


"You never change things by fighting the existing reality. to change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete" - R. Buckminster Fuller

Disruptions are inescapable. Like a full bladder that will inevitably disrupt a deep sleep, we are presented a similar choice in how to respond to the political atmosphere. Assuming wetting the bed is not an option, we can live under the blanket in discomfort or take a step forward to resolve the discomfort. Seeking resolution isn't often comfortable. However, in order to co-exist peacefully, it is our civic duty to get out of bed. Protest is more than a bellyache. Protest is the first step. Whatever your position is on Trump, the Dakota Access Pipeline, Mike Pence, The Alt-Right, this rising establishment threatens the well-being of people of color, religion, gender, sexual preference, and our natural environment. You may want to make the argument that it doesn't, and maybe there is no direct threat to you personally, but for many people this is their truth. People of all model and make are feeling honest fits of anger and fear of what a future looks like during a very conservative regime. We don't know what is to come. But we do know human kind is good at two things - revolution and responding to uncertainties. In that, I am hopeful. And as we go into the night to meet our discomforts, we need to make the promise of courageous action.

There are things known and there are things unknown, and in between are the doors of perception. - Aldous Huxley

This is our high noon. What are future looks like has a lot to do with understanding perception. Mainstream media and the powers that govern them abuse the power of perception.  Whether conscious of it or not, mainstream sources of information pin you against me and us against them. If you watch the news, you'll see - violence is a great majority of what is reported. The first command of fear is to create more in its image. This exact thing happened when all major networks reported rioting in Portland by summing up the revolution as an act of violence. This isn't what I saw on the ground level and I hope the photographs below show more than anger in response to discomforts. I met more people who were hopeful and ready to engage than to sit back and 'whine' about the future as opposing perspectives choose to sum it up as. Yes, there are people who are misinformed - on both ends. In that, I am hoping instead of complaining about how the left is dealing with this, the right responds more empathetically, does a better job as listening to the concerns of any person feeling threatened. I am hoping that on the left, these people respond effectively through discomfort and know violence and destruction will be met with more of it. I hope they realize the work only begins with protest. I ask that they do not exert all their energy into protest, and save energy for intense civic engagement. We can see this as a threat, or a threat we cannot accept. But is their a right way to respond? I don't know. How will you respond?

When you have trouble getting out of bed in the morning, remember that your defining characteristic - what defines a human being - is to work with others. Even animals know how to sleep. And it's the characteristic activity that's the more natural one - more innate and more satisfying. - Marcus Aurelius