The Revolution of Humanity

Almost 300 years ago now the original founders of the United States chose to rebel against an oppressive regime in order to secure the right of self-rule. No matter the men’s motivation — liberty, lower taxes, business, etc. — the goal is still a valid one: self-rule. When we talk about the right to vote, democracy, and liberty we are really talking about this goal. In other words, that human desire to be in charge of our own destinies in as much as we are able. The events in Iran over the past week demonstrate how that desire is not attached to a particular region or group of people. The desire for personal recognizance is deeply rooted within all of us.

When that desire is faced with some sort of inane, out-dated, illogical obstacle the level of anger and frustration mounts to a boiling point and no force on earth can quell the rage. There are only two options at that point for us: slavery or revolution. Iranians are choosing the latter.

It is with this frame of mind I watch events unfold from the obscure safety of my apartment on the sea, the vinyl train benches on my way to Boston, and my ergonomically-designed office chair. Out there in the world right now there are people dying — not to gain liberty for others — in order to gain what they believed they already had: the right to control their own earthly fates.  Let’s face it, that control is really all we have.

In spite of the theological debates, philosophical arguments, and “evidence” to the contrary, the only sure things in life are birth and death. The rest of it is up to us to do with as we see fit. In Iran, a theocracy made the mistake of pretending to be a democracy, made the mistake of offering up a pretend activity in self-rule. The Iranian people will not choose to be slaves any longer, it seems.

In our own history, a group of English citizens were also robbed of what they understood to be their rights under their king. Rather than settle for a fake existence, one of pretend autonomy, they opted for revolution as well. France. Africa. South America. Our own civil rights movement. Every location on the planet where an illusion of autonomy is placed over the eyes of people a revolution has begun. Human nature is autonomy.

As we watch the events in Iran unfold, as we read on-the-ground reports of daily fighting and dying, try to remember what it means to fight for something that is tantamount to the existence of humanity. This is bigger than a political theory, set of economic rules, a religious belief. This is as big as humanity itself. Iranians are launching a revolution just as we did some 300 years ago, as France did 200 years ago, and as people continue to do every day. Oil? Religion? This is far more important.

Mission (nearly) Complete

Yeah! Turns out WordPress has built-in import tools, so all I had to do was figure out how to get it to work with blogger.com (hint: the secret is to transform your blogger.com blog into one hosted at blogspot).

Now, to explain a bit about what I’m doing. I’ve been watching Google for a number of years. I first heard of and started using Google when I was a reporter about 9 years ago. At that time, the search engine was the best one to use for the kind of research I had to do for news articles and I supported it fully. Over the course of the past five years, however, the company has begun to slowly reach further and further into the information space to an extent I am no longer personally comfortable with. To that end, I am removing the company from my life.

I’ve been able to accomplish the following:

  • Switched from GTalk to Jabber (all of my GTalk contacts are still available to me)
  • Switched from blogger to WordPress
  • Deleted my iGoogle page
  • Removed Picasa and all images from my Picasa account
  • Deleted Chrome from my PC
  • Disconnected from Feedburner
  • Deleted my AdSense account
  • Removed Google Analytics from my website
  • [edit] Removed Google Notebook

I have a few things I’ve yet to do, but as you can tell I’m working pretty hard at getting out. The response to my announcement on Facebook that I’m going through this has been varied which is what I expected. My reasons are my own, and I’ve no intention of encouraging others to do the same nor do I believe anyone will.

So that’s about it for now. Thoughts?

Important article from The Guardian

Please read this article by Naomi Wolf. It’s a great breakdown of the steps to Fascism, and follows the events of the last seven years as moving through those steps.

Is The United States of America becoming Fascist? Some signs point to yes. Please read the article. Please vote your conscience. Don’t let the system control you, because the Constitution allows us to control the system.