Thursday, June 27, 2013

Hoping Against Hope (Resistance in America)

[Part of the series: 2013 = 1984?]

"Perhaps the rumors of vast underground conspiracies were true after all -- perhaps the Brotherhood really existed! . . . There was no evidence, only fleeting glimpses that might mean anything or nothing . . . . " (George Orwell, 1984 - p. 15)

People hope that someone else -- somewhere -- is resisting.

We all have our heroes.

But it's not going to work if we leave the heavy lifting to someone else . . . .

Go online today and find a way to get personally involved.

Get outside your comfort zone.

Take a risk.

Talk to some other people. Make some new friends.

You might be surprised to find that you're not alone.

(1984 page references are to the 2009 Plume paperback edition.)

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(See Flies in the Ointment and Plumb Lines for Israel)

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(See Pentecost, Guantanamo, and the Moment When Talk Becomes Priceless)

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(See Where were YOU on April 10, 1979?)