Ah, I wish I had a bigger platform because I have, oh, so much to say!
If I were standing at the top of a mountain and had a very loud speaker in front of a powerful microphone situated right in front of me, I would announce the following question: If you’re unhappy with the way things are, why are you going along with it? Why? Oh, why? Just stop right now! Stop going along with it! You don’t need to have the courage to camp out with Occupy or to risk getting tasered, beaten and arrested by attending anti-war protests. I understand your fear. I’m afraid too. Believe me, I’m scared to death. Do you think that little old me, with this quiet little blog and my itty bitty videos is innocuous, harmless, small fish in a big pond? Oh no, as far as they’re concerned I’m a terrorist and probably at the top of their list of fish to fry…in the hottest oil they can find.
But then again, so are you, my fellow American. You see, we are all terrorists, to the extent that we are thinking. The moment you start thinking for yourself, you’ll start questioning things, as I am doing now, and you may also begin to ask, “Why?” Some people don’t want you to ask such questions. And the simple act of asking questions can get you into trouble in some circles.
So again, I’ll repeat the question. Yes, I understand why you’re afraid to attend the protests, but why do you continue to go along with everything that’s wrong with this country?
Here’s an example of what I mean. There has been a HUGE protest against Youtube for its privacy violations, forcing people to use their real names when setting up an account, forcing people to join Google Plus, etc., when most Youtubers just want to make videos. Some of us have political views that offend certain people in power, so we relish our privacy that enables us to speak out without being terrorized by the wealthy and powerful who don’t take kindly to “upstarts” who don’t know their place.
By the way, the petition to stop Youtube/Google from violating people’s privacy is here:
Heck, even the original founder of Youtube is protesting against this:
Don’t get me wrong here. I think it’s great that people are speaking out against Google/Youtube’s privacy violations. (Facebook is another Internet evil altogether.)
But I still have this question in my mind that I’d like to shout loudly to the masses: Why do you continue to go along with it?
Yes, I understand that “everybody” is on Youtube but that will change if “everybody” starts posting their videos on DailyMotion, Vimeo, Livestream, Justin.tv, Ustream.tv, or another alternative site. Because they don’t violate privacy as much as Youtube, it is very easy to set up on one of these alternative sites. One can certainly maintain their Youtube site but set up a second or even a third site on one of the alternative video hosting services and get their viewers to increasingly gravitate to their videos on the other site. It’s not hard to do…but most people aren’t doing it…
So again, I ask why?
Leave Google/Youtube and go to DailyMotion, Vimeo, or wherever and just encourage your viewers to go there. Of course, if we all do this, Youtube/Google will be forced to change their policy back to the way that we the people would like it to be. (And maybe the original founders of Youtube could get together with some peeps to help create another alternative to Youtube… Heck, what an idea!)
But then, I’m still mystified as to why people open up accounts with Bank of America instead of a smaller bank or a credit union and why people choose to shop at Walmart knowing how corrupt that company is when there are other discount stores available.
We still have the right to shop and bank wherever we want to and Homeland Security, the NSA, or the multiple “security” agencies that spy on us won’t come after you for simply shopping where you want to…yet. Because, yes, as ObamaCare/”Affordable” Care Act has shown us, the government can force you to buy things.
But right now we have the right to choose from whom we’ll buy and whether or not we’ll buy anything from anyone at all (for the most part.)
So again: Why do you keep going along with it? Why do you keep buying their stuff? Why do you protest, complain, suffer needlessly while you continue to feed the machine that’s killing you?
I think I know why. Guess I’ll answer since you won’t. (Not much of a platform here and it’s sad, but most likely, no one would answer my question honestly anyway even if I could present it to the world.)
Here’s why you keep feeding the machine: You know that no one will support you if you protest. You don’t want to go at it alone. Americans are very disconnected from each other and, frankly, Americans don’t love each other. I’ve written about this before–unrequited love amongst the masses. Americans hate each other. We struggle but we attack our friends and neighbors who are struggling: “Oh, it’s her own fault she lost her house. She wasn’t paying her bills!”
So you go along with it. You feed the machine. It’s killing you. It hurts. You’re suffering. And everyone around you is suffering. Yet you keep feeding the machine.
What would happen if you stopped buying products manufactured by companies that outsource labor to third-world countries and hire children to work 14 hours per day for only a few dollars per day? What would happen if you thought before you purchased anything? What would happen if you stopped shopping at Walmart AND wrote them a letter telling them why? Or maybe you could write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper about why you are not shopping at Walmart.
Yes, there are small things like this that we can all do safely. The cops won’t beat us up for just not shopping or banking at places that are doing things we believe are wrong. The NSA/DHS/TSA, etc., aren’t going to stop and frisk us (at least not as of this writing!) for switching to DailyMotion or Justin.tv from Youtube!
But you’re addicted, aren’t you? Aren’t we all? Addicted to these big corporations, to the promises they make, promises of fame and fortunes, promises that we can be like them.
Which leads me to my next question:
Why do we want to be like them?