Saturday, March 26, 2011

It's simply got to be said...

I haven't posted to this blog in far too long. Most of my blogging efforts have been focused on (A blog specific for news and information surround the Parallax Propeller Microcontroller.

This blog is for personal projects and random musings, so I thought I'd jump on my personal soapbox this afternoon and share what I see is beginning to happen in the world around us. Understand that my perspective is, well my perspective, and perhaps you have a different vantage point. :)

There has been so much unrest in the news lately. Countries where folks who were happy to live their simple lives under the rule of a dictatorship have decided that "enough is enough." In our own country, we are starting to see a revolt of sorts against those who exploit the everyday common man to add to personal millions. Its interesting to see that folks world-wide are starting to wake up to take control of their lives, and it's quite frankly, about time.

The really interesting part to me is the reaction that those who have had "the power" when they realize that the gig is up. We are starting to become a world of thinkers, doers and makers. Information is quickly becoming available to everyone. People are finally starting to figure out that they don't have to be a slave to dictators.

Webster defines a "Dictator" as: A dictator is a ruler (e.g. absolutist or autocratic) who assumes sole and absolute power. In countries like Egypt, or Libya it is easy to define who fill this definition, however America has it's own type of dictatorship, which can be seen in those who rule with sole interest in the almighty dollar. Variations of these wanna-be dictators can be seen in all levels of government and their big business partners. Our society is being programmed to consume without question.

There is a low rumble that is rippling here that is making our "dictators" nervous. It is the rumble of everyday people who haven't forgotten that this country was made great by being DOERS, not consumers. It is a rumble created by those who still take the time to learn and practice "making" skills, instead of just throwing something out and buying more. The rumble caused by those who would DARE to OPEN something they just purchased, laughing at the warranty seal, and in some cases violating the DMCA.

Grandpa had a wood shop where he would craft his own furniture. Dad had a tool shop where he had the tools to 'repair' an item instead of just buying another. A new generation is on the rise where we have the tools to 'create' anything I want instead of just purchasing whatever imported crap you had shipped in. Be afraid. This generation is about to take power, and we're sick of the line of bull that you've shoved down our throats. We are looking for value both in our lives and our products. We really don't care about your plastic coated, cheap junk.

Government, we've seen your partnership with big business. We know that you have accepted the easy way out behind the scenes. We know what is going on and are taking the steps to fill your shoes soon. A new generation is about to assume power in those places where baby boomers have milked the system for too long for their own greed.

The information is now at our fingertips. The power to create a new world comes with it. The next generation wants more than just to consume. We intend to create. Not only do we intend to create, but we dare to do so giving our designs and information away. After the attitude of consumption is changed, big business looses dictatorship hold on us, we'll 'open source' big government next.



Nikos Giannakopoulos said...

This social article is equally excellent like the various technical articles that you have published on Parallax forums!
Congratulation Jef!

Chip Gracey said...

A big thing we need to get our heads around is the corrupt fiat money system which every western government is nowadays controlled by, as its politicians are married to it. Unless this is understood by many more people, we will probably not escape its clutches, as it relies on 90% of society being ignorant of its true nature. A good place to start learning is