Pandemics have forced humans to break with the past and imagine their world anew. This one is no different.
It is a portal, a gateway between one world and the next. We can choose to walk through it, dragging the carcasses of our prejudice and hatred, our avarice, our data banks and dead ideas, our dead rivers and smoky skies behind us. Or we can walk through it lightly, with little luggage, ready to imagine another world.
And ready to fight for it.
~ ARUNDHATI ROY
Billions of people around the world are in some form of de facto house arrest due to lockdowns connected with COVID-19. Many are experiencing devastation. They feel too small to tackle giant problems. So they are resigned to their fate. Worst, they cannot rely on compromised authorities to secure their health and wellbeing. They feel stuck.
It is time to act.
We can do many “small” actions that will matter in the end, individually and collectively, even if these are not your classic demonstrations, petitions and so on.
We will look at the Philippines as a prototype of what can be done in a country that has one of the world’s longest lockdowns. Properly understood, “small” acts matter and will have ramifications around the world.
It will shift our default stance of “impossibility” to something that can have impact, here, now and on to the future.
Let us reclaim our lives, our freedoms and our humanity. End our self-imposed lockdown inside ourselves to create the solid foundation to end the lockdown outside in society!
We have collated in this article a few of the hundreds of resources we read in the course of publishing for this website. We hope that you will go through each one of them, and on your own, discover why our position for the lifting of all lockdowns is so strong.
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