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21May/07Off

To Future Generations: We Tried.

It's been asked many times, what will we say when future generations ask us, why didn't you stop the grave injustices of your time?

Survivors of Nazi Germany are asked, "Didn't you know? Didn't you do something? Didn't you speak out?" Survivors of Rwanda look to the world, "How could you let this happen? You knew! You knew!" Future generations will ask us, "Why didn't you stop Darfur? Iraq? Why didn't you do something about Global Warming?"

Well, we tried.

See, my friends in the future, I have to tell you that yes, myself and many others have spoken out, attended marches, threatened to withdraw our meager finances that might be subsidizing these horrors, and tried many other tactics. Still these injustices continue.

It seems the only option left is some kind of mob violence, but so far we haven't reached that. It would be disturbingly ironic to take part in mob violence in the USA as part of an effort to stop mob violence in Darfur. If more people spoke out, would we be more successful? Maybe. Some people are doing a lot, more people are doing a little, but a huge majority are doing absolutely nothing, and there's part of the problem. Stated as one of those math formula style proverbs:

The extremes required to halt an injustice are inversely proportional to the number of those speaking out.

In other words: few people speaking out, extreme measures required; lots of people speaking out, very un-extreme measures necessary. But even that rings false. Someone in power does what they want. Period. So change is slow, or non-existent. For urgent life-and-death issues, slow change is equal to no change.

So where do we go from here? In the 2006 election, the majority of the American people spoke out against the Iraq war by dumping the primary party that sponsored it. There has been much effort to stop that war, and yet, the Bush-Cheney death-profiteering cartel refuses to change. Like I said, violence starts to look like an option. I wonder if Gandhi or Dr. King have some advice here. I'll be they would say (probably they did say) something like this: when violence looks like the only option, you're not being creative enough.

Is that true, though? Or are we simply stuck? When evil men have been given power, can anything besides violence dislodge them in time? Every moment they resist the will of the American people means more lives lost. But would removing them solve anything, when they used that same approach and only created more terror?

The old proverb "the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing" blames the victim. I believe the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is the presence of evil, such as the Bush-Cheney death-profiteering cartel. The good? Well, we're trying.

I know from your vantage in the future, saying "We tried," might not seem like much, but please understand. We did try, we are trying. We'll never stop. Only problem: we might lose. Is that enough to free us from judgment?

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Larry Nocella is the award-winning author of the novel Where Did This Come From? available at Amazon and Xlibris and other fine online book stores. Where Did This Come From? is also available as an eBook. For more info, visit Larry Nocella's website at www.LarryNocella.com.

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