In a way, I stand on the sidelines of the world. I live in a city (Vancouver) which may very well be one of the best there is to live in. I choose to live in voluntary simplicity, but I don’t need to. I live under a regime of universal medicare. As much of the social safety net that survived anywhere survives here.
I live under responsible government in a parliamentary democracy. Granted that the people of my province choose neoconservatives for the local legislature, they don’t need to. Canadian law is second to none in the world for its fairness and impartiality. Many ethnic groups live here and almost all of the time we live in peace and harmony.
I don’t fear that the police will beat me. The taxman won’t pursue me. No national-security state keeps watch on me or, if they do, they don’t bother me. I face no fundamentalists, armed criminals to speak of, rednecks, neonazis, or men in black. The climate is benign. The food is plentiful. My shelter, as modest as it is, is a hundred times better than anything in most parts of Africa and even Asia.
All the more reason why I cannot remain silent. All the more reason to speak out for those who stand in danger.
The black hats can come and get me. I’m in the phone book. I welcome dying for the world’s freedom. If I miss the expected global transformation, small price to pay if I contributed to it.
There is no way I will be silenced. This world will soon be free. It will be a place again where families are safe, women can walk the streets, children can play and study, old people are tended to, and the sick face no financial worry.
It will be so because I say so, and you say so, and the people of the world say so. It will be as we say it will. The people of the planet cannot be held back. Their loving-kindness and compassion will find an outlet. The darkness that has held sway on Earth for so many millennia will be reversed and light prevail.