One evening, for example, I was wearing a Yankees t-shirt with the name "Justice" emblazoned on the back (for former Yank David Justice), when a woman named Mary -- perhaps in her late 60s -- asked me if I were a Yankee fan. I told her I was... but my real reason for wearing the shirt was all about the word "justice." She smiled and declared that justice was a "noble idea."
This was shortly after 9/11, so I braced myself for the inevitable "we need to show those towel heads some justice." Instead, Mary told me -- albeit in a very low voice -- she was going to Washington soon to march against the impending invasion of Iraq.
She leaned close to me and whispered: "When the revolution comes, I'll be ready."
Which brings me to a good question for 2011: Are you ready for the revolution?
Being a revolutionary needn't require one to sleep till noon, dress entirely in black, and sport a rail-thin, heroin addict physique. Then again, neither should Michael Moore ever serve as anyone's role model for healthy rebellion.
1. Condition Your Body
For example: Having your arms yanked and bound behind you before being tossed onto a street corner or jammed onto a detention bus can potentially cause damage to the muscles of the shoulder and upper back. To better prepare for this seemingly inevitable scenario, you might wanna seek help from the camel.
2. Free Your Mind
we stop growing up corporate and grow up civic, we will be much more
focused on nutritious food, rather than junk food; we will be much more
inquiring about different kinds of products; we will look at pollution
as a form of violence, not just something that is nasty and dirty; we
will demand the mechanism so we can control what we own and use these
great resources for an enlightened, just, prosperous, happy society
where the pursuit of justice is filled with such joy it itself becomes
the pursuit of happiness and the pursuit of happiness becomes the
pursuit of justice."
3. Green Your Eating Habits
An activist's eating habits offer the best opportunity to put theory into practice. If you consume a plant-based, whole foods, locally grown diet (organic, if and when possible), you've virtually taken yourself out of the equation, re: animal cruelty, environmental devastation, corporate welfare, and a growing health holocaust.
4. Learn How to Defend Yourself and Your Planet
The inherent message being: If we were to appreciate our unbreakable bonds to other humans and the entire natural world, we'd be more likely to act in "self defense" when engaging in green activism. I see it as sort of a literal and metaphorical left hook.