“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”1
And now, for our first movie review. Sort of. This is more of a conversation stimulus package. I would like to post a hand-transcribed quote from the recent movie Thrive for discussion and in support of environmental and social justice activists world-wide.
But first, I’ve got a first-hand account from a decade ago that I’d like to share with you.
On the morning of September 11th, 2001, at 5:30 a.m. PST in Eugene, Oregon, I woke up for no reason. I usually like to sleep later than that, and I wasn’t yet in graduate school, so I didn’t exactly have to be up for any reason either. I thought it was strange that I was so wide awake, and I tried for a few minutes to go back to sleep without success. So I got up, and then a second unusual thing happened to me. I started walking towards my television.
Now, this might seem not so unusual, if you don’t know me. But those who do know that there are two things I would want to do least in this world upon waking up, and that is watch T.V. and breathe smoke. I’m much more of a fruit and fresh air person. That is why I quickly started paying attention to what was occurring that morning. I have experienced enough “extra-normal” things to have a bead on when something’s afoot. So I became the observer, which means that I sat back within myself and simply watched as my body carried me towards the television set and my hand reached for the knob.
Immediately, the screen filled with the image of an airplane slamming into one of the World Trade Center towers in New York City, and that’s when a third odd thing happened. My split-second silent response was literally this: “George Bush, you #^@#*&% @$$#0(*, no way!” And I turned off the set, angry at the president for engineering a fake terrorist attack and killing thousands of people in the name of mind control. The announcer covering the event hadn’t even had a chance to say anything. I just knew. My drama radar is finely tuned for avoidance, and “W,” as he has been un-fondly referred to by quite a few people since, was stirring it up, 9/11 being an obviously manufactured attack.
The rest became history, and I’m sure a few of you have come across films like Zeitgeist or similar investigative journalism about that disaster. The resonant thing about my small story is that I was woken up by the wave of vibration sent out from the 9/11 event at exactly the time it was happening on the opposite coast, 8:30 a.m. EST. Not only did the waveform generated by the event and rippling across the earth like a quake put me on alert to something important going on, it somehow directed me to turn on my television, against my own habitual and philosophical pattern. I share this story because it is a direct example of the natural powers each one of us possesses as part of our sensory ability. We have this “extra-sensory” mechanism as part of our basic survival tool kit. Further, within our bioenergetic centers, we have a knowing that recognizes truth in the blink of an eye, without the “aid” of the five corporate mainstream media houses spewing (mis)information in an attempt to cover up those natural frequencies.
The joy of the movie Thrive is how succinctly and wholistically its creators lay out the issues of poverty and suffering in the world and what one thing all of us can do now to alleviate the problem for real. Poverty isn’t natural, and Nature isn’t poor. The planet Earth is abundance manifested, and everyone deserves free access to its resources. I’ll let the film walk you through its inspiring message of unity. Please watch it and share it with people.
Here is a transcription I took down from the film that I believe ought to be the subject of conversation in light of the mobilization of the international community via the Occupy movement:
“Who are we really? What is human nature?
Are we humans what the elite would have us
believe? Stupid, greedy creatures, who, if left
to our own devices, would devolve into violence
and chaos? And so for our own good must be
ruled over by a self-appointed elite?
Are we naturally caring and creative? When
people are healthy and have what we need to
survive, we can create a world based on
integrity, freedom, and compassion, a world
where everyone can thrive.
Which of these two views will shape our future?
That’s our choice. Now.
The agenda of the ruling elite is the product of
a destructive world view, based on their beliefs
that there’s not enough to go around, that
some people are more deserving than others,
and that their own safety depends on
maintaining absolute control over the rest of us.
In short, their world view is based on scarcity
But as powerful as they are, the
architects of the new world order cannot create
their dreadful vision without our collusion. To
stop them, to render their agenda obsolete, we
have to wake up. We have to take action.”