Op-Ed from Quaker Newsletter: “We are no longer citizens; we are consumers”

by faithgibson on May 17, 2014

The following anonymous quote appeared in the December 1993 newsletter “Out of the Silence” published by the Winter Park Society of Friends {i.e. Quakers}. I was a member of the Winter Park (Florida) Friends meeting from 1972 until moved to the San Francisco Bay area in 1979, but received their newsletter for the next 2 decades.

I was a member of the Winter Park (Florida) Friends meeting from 1972 until moved to the San Francisco Bay area in 1979. However, they kindly continued to send me their newsletters for the next 2 decades.

When I re-read this bold and disturbing assessment of national politics and the “hot” button (pun intended!) issue of environment degradation (and climate change) could have been written today. It’s chilling to realize how little progress we have made in the last 21 years,


 

snake-Catches-birdWe do not live in a true democracy. It is a term used primarily for global public relations. We are no longer citizens; we are consumers.

In a real democracy, we would have access to all of the relevant information concerning our decisions. Most newspapers and television programs whitewash and bias the news we hear. They dispense incomplete and distorted information that legitimizes and continues the

In a real democracy, we would have access to all of the relevant information concerning our decisions. Most newspapers and television programs whitewash and bias the news we hear. They dispense incomplete and distorted information that legitimizes and continues the status quo. This world is in serious trouble environmentally, socially and politically.

No one will ever explain the rules of the game, but we still have to play.

We need to help and educate each other. We have no right to consume this planet till nothing is left.

Help another living being.

          Heal yourself.

                   Hope for the future.

Inaction is criminally negligent.

         Please become politically and socially active.

                  Disobey every day.

Lady Liberty_2009


Feel.        

           Think.          

                          Act.              

Pass it on . . . .


Today’s post in memory of my late husband, Richard Mathews. May 17th is the 55th anniversary of our wedding {1961}  and the 3rd anniversary of his unexpected death. Some men will do just about anything to get out of taking their wife out to dinner and a movie.

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