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As an activist I am periodically asked questions from those I think secretly crave to be out on the streets in the fight but are skeptical. One of the main questions that arises goes something like this:
How can one person change anything, I mean I see the world is screwed up but I am just one person, how can one person change anything with so much that is not working in this world?
The answer of course is how can one person not change anything. You are changing the world right now no matter what you do or don’t do, we all are. Your life has a time limit, it will end. And the actions you take or don’t take will have affected a change in the world you live in. We all matter, we all count, we all contribute to the overall trajectory of humanity. Thru making a conscious choice to take action we are standing up and saying that I know I matter and I will act like it. And thru this experience we come to know that everyone matters. That action is what wakes us up to the reality of interdependence. It is the experience of unity, not the idea of it or the understanding of it but the experience of it. There is a profound difference between the experience of something and the understanding of something. So we are all already changing the world, the distinction comes when we make a conscious choice to participate in changing the world.
-from the upcoming book, Another World is Possible: Occupy, An Introduction, Orientation, and Invitation to Activism
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