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The day we become silent about things that matter

Martin Luther King Jr once said "Our lives begin to end, the day we become silent about things that matter".

The talk by Margaret Heffernan resonated with a personal experience and also underlined that the story would be little known were it not for the prominence of Margaret as a businesswoman with the resources to deliver a TED talk.

My story is that of a friend whose life ended in the process of speaking out about abandonjed and abused children in care. We were in the midst of social innovators, engaging on promnent public forums, pitching our cause to business and political leaders. As Bob Dylan sang in Hard Rain 'I heard ten thousand whisperin; and nobody listenin'"

  • Oct 24 2013: Sadly, we are all ready silent about things that matter.

    The citizens turn a blind eye to corruption, pollution, over-fishing, abuse, you name it we just don't care enough about it to do anything. There are so many issues that need to be addressed and to many people are simply trying to get by or adding to the problem without thinking about it.

    More importantly, to many people feel that they can not adequately do anything about it. The issue with the ocean is big, far bigger than any one person, government, or country. The same with pollution and other topics. But, we can all do something to make a difference. We just have to know that we can do something small and start there. Hundreds of thousands of people doing something small makes a big difference in the end.

    But, you must change internal attitudes. That is very difficult for those who don't care.
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    Oct 26 2013: I think a lot of citizens care a lot but the system keeps them busy as wage-slaves to clear debt, and when they do protest either shoots them down or ignores them (eg: Tony Blair ignoring 2 million walking the streets in protest against a war with Iraq).
    So what is left to do?
    Change yourself, and when enough do so, perhaps (just perhaps) there will be a global shift in consciousness and a new era will begin.
  • Oct 22 2013: Indeed there is. The overall theme of what I've written is about the RICO activities described in our letter to USAID. We knew what was going on in 2006. There were photograpich records which were collated in this video 5 years later when mainstream media got hold of the story.
  • Oct 22 2013: Is there anything in particular that you think we have become silent about? TED is one way to speak out, as you show
  • Oct 22 2013: We are often distracted from these things.
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    • Oct 22 2013: Ken, Thank you.
      This disaster is only just being exposed, although it has been happening for 200 years.

      Fisheries near our California and northwestern coasts are being shut down. But the fix is in,
      and retailing has shifted to different fish, while they are yet plentiful.

      Worldwide Governments are not moving quick enough to stop this disaster from happening.

      Fish stocks need to be replenished.
      Restrictions on specific fishing methods needs to be in place.
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        Oct 24 2013: There's something no one has or are willing or see, the Permian event took millions of years to bring about the eventual extinction event but in the last 80 years we are watching it in real time. If a large amount of species go extinct in the next 20 years what would be the impact of the loss on the environment and the climate. No has realized it yet, take out enough of all species in one area then restocking with equivalent species could take a 100 years or more.

        There's something else, Fukushima still outputs irradiated water into the sea. I don't know if this link is alarmist but it is interesting.
        • Oct 24 2013: Ken, thank you.

          I followed your link concerning the Fukushima disaster. But I was familiar
          from everyday watching the occurrence unfold from Japanese news stations.

          Living on the central California coast a few blocks from the water, I am
          concerned that the trash from Japan washing up on the beach might be
          radioactive. I also live 6 miles, as the crow flies, from Diablo Nuke Plant.
          Another worry. They build the damned thing on an earthquake fault.

          I keep yelling about Integrity and Truth in Government. It does no good.

          How a population of humans, in a short 80 years, could devastate their
          environment to the point of extinction is truly amazing. Not only that but
          the time-frame is accelerating. We ain't seen nothin yet....

          I hope you get to read this before the clock stops.