Doing my daily blog surf, came across one of my favourites, Jeff Bullas …
Great reveal of Facebook’s most prominent fuck ups since the platform was launched, and what better way to showcase that other than an infographic…
The United States of America, the “land of opportunity”, the greatest Super Power the world has ever seen is finally awake.
They actually did call it the Global Awakening, the leaderless, righteous fight for freedom. Social and Economic that is.
And it only took them 2 Bushes and an Obama.
But what actually did wake up the great nation of the USA?
Was it the great level of education and enlightenment they have reached?
Or is it the great tolerance for humanity they are so well known for? (sarcasm just in case you missed it)
It started in a little office in Vancouver B.C. by a group of people who define themselves as a group of artists, activists, writers, pranksters, students, educators and entrepreneurs.
They are the ADBUSTERS!
Yes, the final chapter of the eternal joke, “Canada should’nt be a country” has slapped the unsuspecting 312,444,166 citizens of the USA.
Yes, Canadians have actually invaded YOUR Wallstreet. Your economy, social structure and whatnot.
As Wikipedia defines the OWS movement, it is quite impressive how they draw out the exact details of the rallies. From demands, to sleeping conditions, to “the first pepper spray incident”.
It does seem quite impressive and enlightened, reminding us of the glorious days of first revolutions. These usually happened after a long dark age of ignorance, and non coincidently, a global abuse of power and greed.
It is but only a cycle…
Birth of a Civilization, War to protect or conquer, Wealth, Greed, Corruption, Revolt, Chaos, Enlightenment, Birth of a Civilization and we start again…
As Wikipedia goes on and on about the details of the daily happenings of the at best 200 people camping in Zucotti Park, it is only appropriate to go back to Tahrir Square Egyptian Revolution page.
Surprisingly you will not find the great details and in-depth description of the events. The 200 people in the USA striving to get by in their sleeping bags and donated blankets in the pretty park have a documented place in Wiki history, but the hundreds of thousands who slept the night on the cold hard pavements, covered with newspapers at most times, with snipers, thugs, and handmade bombs safely and consistently surrounding them during all hours of the night, were not documented in detail.
But it is fine, you cannot really compare a struggle for survival, and fight for the basic rights of humanity to an advanced country’s attempt to fairly divide wealth.
You can’t really compare 846 people killed and 6,000 injured to 200 people sleeping in a park.
You can’t really compare.
And what you really REALLY can’t do, is JUST say “North America was PARTIALLY inspired by Arab Spring”.
On just another ordinary day, the citizens of the world went on with their daily activities, working, meeting, eating, sleeping, tweeting and BBming, unsuspecting and innocent, little did they know of the great catastrophe up ahead. “Oh poor souls of the world, the great pain you will endure” whispered fate, or was it Kharma?
Suddenly, and unpredicted, the 70 million BB users of the globe got a simultaneous slap on the face. Of course, when we try to calculate how many people ACTUALLY got affected by this disaster, we cannot just count those who actually own the device. How many of these users are the leaders of a clique? The ones that use one of the hundreds of applications available to decide where to have lunch? How many of these tweet their second to second activities to their followers? Should we sum up the followers of all these users to rightfully measure the exact number of people who will be suing RIM?
Stock markets fluctuated, exasperated, constipated and whatever other adjectives describe a sever drop of assets. The world economy has seen this effect only on very few occasions in it’s history, The World Wars, Iraq invasion, the day Kim Kardashian went blonde, etc…
The world just sounded out a collective gasp, cheerleaders had tantrums, boyfriends cheated as quickly as they could before they got caught (so thankful the D will not turn into an R and ruin their relationships), CEOs had to actually focus in their meetings, and there were numerous cases of aneurysms caused by lack of self expression through statuses and broadcast messages.
The first couple of hours were the hardest.
For the first time in many years, the world came together. They came together in pain, grief and eventually in prayer. By the second day, support groups emerged in every country, crash courses on how to use email through an actual PC, how to send text messages, how to survive.
But the people will be strong. Humanity will prevail. They will not themselves be ruled by the technology they built with their own hands. They will not turn the Matrix trilogy into a reality.
But alas, as the third day cometh, and little did humanity know, that at this same moment in time, this exact second, Steve Jobs is smiling down from heaven, giving RIM the finger.
There is always a solution. The world will never “end” before it’s time, and you will not ever “just die” until your time comes. You may be the recipient of numerous hits and face one fork in the road after another. You may think to yourself “Am I that unlucky?” maybe “What did I do to deserve all this” and sometimes even the unthinkable “Why Me God?”…
There is always a reason. Nothing “just happens”. That is what I have found out to be true. In more than one occasion, in my younger years, I have come too close to believing the opposite. Times were so tough, that was the only conclusion that I reached that I could comprehend. Everything is random. Chaos. But quickly I held on. I believed. And many many years later, I realize that one of the few facts of life, is that we reap what we sow. Even if it takes years, decades, maybe even a lifetime… That is the lesson learned.
You could be in pain all your life. Before you get up from one blow, another one just knocks the wind out of you. Be patient. Be strong. One day, maybe soon, maybe not, all you will find is beauty, and “luck” and fortune, and happiness. You will start wondering, is this too good to be true? But then, and only then, you can answer that little suspicious voice in your head “I have paid my dues long ago”.
Why is this happening to me?
Am I just unlucky?
What did I do wrong