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...this is an open thread. Nothing is off topic.
How do we truly change things in this day and age?
I've been sparked by the New Day topics of this past week into thinking a lot about activism and political change. You that know me know that I go on about connection, awareness and consciousness. Those seem like just a bunch of gobblety-gook words unless you understand them literally and how they translate into creating something real. It's not just some concept.
I know many people my age who have been very involved in activism ever since the Viet Nam War days. A fair number of them feel exhausted and as though all their efforts over the years haven't amounted to much change in the long run and even seems wasted. They see politicians and most of the media controlling the whole conversation as never before. They see partisanship worse now than ever before. And they see respect and basic decency towards one another sharply declining. Lying has become a tactic.
I see parents and grandparents that feel like they lived during a time when humans had it the best, yet see the world of the future that their children and grandchildren will live in being terribly difficult. Some of these people are depressed about that and feel humans have failed as a species.
Some tell me they used to believe they just had to work harder in their push to change society only to see that that didn't work either. So they feel disheartened and demoralized. I tell them their work hasn't been wasted at all...they just need to understand the concept of emergence.
To understand emergence is to realize the natural, organic way things intertwine. We can't change things by working harder and harder on the specific things we find the most important ourselves without seeing the whole within which we all exist. To push against what you feel separate from inevitably creates exhaustion because it causes a feeling of isolation or being in a small minority. It pinches you off from the rest of it all. You can't succeed trying to go upstream.
Every bit is all a part of the whole and effects everything else, sometimes in very subtle yet profound ways. Quantum physics teaches us this. Paired electrons do something very interesting. Even if they are extremely far apart...even astronomical distances apart...the behavior of one instantly determines the behavior of the other. This is inevitable...and provable every time. Quantum physics shows us that everything is absolutely involved with everything else. This is also true in human dealings.
Emergence or wholism can be explained by metaphor to something you're cooking. You start with all the individual ingredients, mix them together and cook. What you end up with is something different than each of the ingredients...but you can't go back. The new creation is something altogether different than each of the individual ingredients' contribution. To try to tease them out from the whole again will prove pointless. Another thing that occurs is everything in the bigger whole is now different as well. A new reality is always emerging...all the time.
The world is more interconnected now than ever and it will not cease to become more so. We all know we have a truly global economy now for instance. As this continues, emergence results. It will never be "like the old days" ever again. What is happening right now is all new and what we are all a part of...the continual creation of the emergence of a new whole paradigm.
So, understand then the FOX NEWS - Tea Party is not going away. Understand too that Karl Rove will fail with his new superpac trying to push against the Tea Party to go back to something akin to how things were before in the Republican Party. Know that the GOP will continue to NOT govern and has become nothing more than "a strategy" purely for political partisanship. That's all the GOP is now and will continue to be...even more so going forward. Believing that it can go back to what it was in the past is futile.
Here's a link showing this exact thing = the GOP strategy regarding the sequester. You'll see they have no desire to govern. They just hatch strategies to use against Democrats: http://www.thedailybeast.com/...
Also, if you truly want to create real change, you must go with the flow and guide it's direction a bit as you flow with it. Only by interconnecting more and more will anything you personally deem significantly important ever become a strong enough current within the flow to cause change.
This understanding is critical if you wish to avoid exhaustion or depression.
Communities being created as we see being reported about here in New Day...and the emergence that comes from that...is how to push for change without becoming discouraged, exhausted and defeated. Revealing the truth always within the flow...while understanding what you also witness elsewhere in the flow as being something to influence not something to constantly push against...is the only way to go.
So, what do you want? What's your role in emergence?
Latest Updates on Kossack Regional Meet-Up News Below the New Day sunrise cloud
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Saturday, February 23rd
Motor City Kossacks Represent at the Michigan Democratic Party Convention
~Possible lunch and dinner
LOCATION: Close to Cabo Hall
TBD • Detroit
ORGANIZER: Send peregrine kate a kosmail to connect.
Latest diary: Motor City Kossacks: Attending the MI Dem Party Convention this Saturday? (Plus other news)
1. peregrine kate
Sunday, Feb. 24th
Colorado COmmunity - Denver, CO Kossack Meet-up!
TIME: 11:30 AM
2915 W 44th Ave. • Denver
ORGANIZER: Send Leftcandid a kosmail to attend.
Latest diary: Denver/Colorado Kossack MEETUP, February 24: In Which I Pester You Again!
4. Merry Light (weather permitting) & guests
Saturday, March 2nd!!
Lone Star Spring Texas State-Wide Meet-Up in Austin
TIME: 2:00-5:00 PM
LOCATION: Opal Divine's Penn Field restaurant and bar
3601 S. Congress Ave • Austin
ORGANIZER: Send nomandates Kosmail to RSVP.
3. papa monzano
5. Chrislove's BF
8. mr pea
12. mr sue sue
13. blue armadillo
17. navajo (honorary TX Kossack!)
21. Mrs. Wino
24. Urban Owl
28. Mr. entrelac
31. belinda ridgewood (honorary TX Kossack!)
32. Carol in San Antonio
34. +1 from Harris County
37. Musicman (honorary TX kossack)
39. freerad's guest
Over the Edge
yoduuuh do or do not
Austin's 84th Annual Zilker Park Kite Festival
TIME: Early Afternoon
LOCATION: Zilker Park
2100 Barton Springs Rd. • Austin
ORGANIZER: Send papa monzano Kosmail to connect at the event.
Monday, March 4th
New York City Kossacks Meet-up
TIME: 6:00 PM
LOCATION: Spitzer's Corner
101 Rivington Street (Ludlow) • NYC
ORGANIZER: Send Sidnora a kosmail to RSVP
Latest diary: Save the Date for a New York Metro Meetup, March 4!
4. brooklyn liberal
8. Rosalie 907 + friends
9. blue jersey mom
Its the Supreme Court Stupid
Batya the Toon
DailyKos readers who live and/or work in New England
(Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont)
New England Kossacks All Day Meet-up
Saturday, March 9th
ORGANIZER: Send Clytemnestra a kosmail to attend.
TIME: 1:00 - 4:00 PM
LOCATION I: SolToro in the Mohegan Sun Casino
1 Mohegan Sun Boulevard • Uncasville, CT
TIME: 7:00 - 10:00 PM
LOCATION II: Mystic Pizza
56 West Main Street • Mystic, CT
TIME: 11:00 - ? PM
LOCATION III: TBD
[Address] • [City]
Latest diary: New England Kossacks - March meet up
Sunday, March 10th
SAVE THE DATE: SFKossacks Roll Out the Red Carpet for a gilas girl
Guaymas in Tiberon: Time TBD
Meet at the Ferry Building and take the ferry to Tiberon.
Dine at Guaymas in the sun • Tiberon
Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park: Time TBD
We'll take the Ferry back to the Ferry building and then take public trans to the park • San Francisco
LOCATION III: TBD for early dinner
Address TBD • San Francisco
1. a gilas girl
3. side pocket
4. dharmasyd [lunch]
5. Meteor Blades
6. Glen the Plumber
10. Cali Scribe
11. Mr. Scribe
13. no way lack of brain
no way lack of brain
Kansas & Missouri KossacksFriday, March 15th
Kansas & Missouri Kossacks Meet-up
LOCATION: Free State Brewing Company
636 Massachusetts Street • Lawrence
ORGANIZER: Send tmservo433 a kosmail to attend.
Latest diary: [Diva waiting...]
Mid-March - Boston Kossacks First Meet-up
Boston Kossacks First Meet-up
TIME: Possibly 2:00 PM, stay tuned
LOCATION: The Border Cafe
32 Church Street • Cambridge
ORGANIZER: Send GreyHawk a kosmail to attend.
Latest diary: Boston Kossacks - 1st Meetup
Dkos Asheville's First Meet-up
LOCATION: The Bywater
796 Riverside Dr. • Asheville
ORGANIZER: Send randallt a kosmail to attend.
Latest diary: [Diva waiting...]
3. Otteray Scribe
5. people power granny
9. GordonNC (UID 5123 & City Councilman)
13. Captain Sham
14. Sandy on Signal
Land of Enchantment
alicia (plus two)
From randallt: "DKos Asheville is hosting a meet up and we've managed to cast a wide net! Asheville NC is the epicenter of cool progressive in the heart of the mountains and we have folks traveling from Eastern Tennessee, the Southern Highlands and Charlotte. So don't let the distance keep you away, come to Asheville, sign up today! You know you want to."
Netroots Nation 2013 in San Jose: Plenary Session Table Reservations
June 20th - 23rd • REGISTER HERE
1. side pocket [First Lieutenant]
2. mrs. side pocket
6. Cali Scribe
7. Glen the Plumber
10. Mrs. jotter
4. boran2 (Honorary)
Native American Netroots:
2. Meteor Blades
4. no way lack of brain
6. Kitsap River
7. Charles Curtis Stanley
Central Valley Kossacks:
6. Caddis Fly
Lone Star Kossacks:
Cheers & Jeers:
1. Bill in Portland Maine
2. Common Sense Mainer
5. Spousal Unit
Los Angeles Kossacks:
5. Dave in Northridge
NYC and beyond:
2. belinda ridgewood
3. belinda ridgewood's guest
Community Quilt Project:
1. Sara R
4. ramara (Arizona)
5. Horace Boothroyd III
Hopefully we can put together whole tables for them.
Military Community Members:
3. angelajean (Maybe)
Misc. registered Kossacks + regions:
Community Quilt Project NN13 Flash Mob Photo
smileycreek is organizing and asking all Community Quilt recipients to bring their quilts to NN13. We'll assemble at a pre-designated location and time for a group photo with one of the NN13 professional photographers. It will be a group hug celebrating one of the most beloved community building projects we have here at Daily Kos with Sara R and winglion at the center of it. navajo and Glen the Plumber are going to scout out and select a location in advance for all to meet with their quilts for a memorable photo opportunity. Stay tuned.
Date: TBD Time: TBD
2. Dave in Northridge
8. llbear (not attending, quilt only)
9. Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse (may not attend)
10. Smoh (not attending, quilt only)
12. belinda ridgewood
15. Kitsap River
16. Charles Curtis Stanley
Send navajo a kosmail if you post a diary about an event so we can update our round-up.
Okay. Floor's open.
Tell us what you are doing on this NEW DAY?