Why have John Robbins, Deepak Chopra, Amy Goodman and others publicly disassociated themselves from the film, THRIVE? In the words of Ben Boyce, excerpted from “Challenging the Hidden Ideological Underbelly of Thrive: The Thrive message must be forcefully and publicly repudiated because it could otherwise perform essentially the same function that the ‘New Age’ movement did in the 1970’s, which was to dissipate the revolutionary energies coming from the Awakening of the 1960’s and remove an entire generation from the field of political struggle. Directing them to place their energies in personal fulfillment and private concerns, the progressive movement for the social and ecological justice was abandoned.”
In the early 1970’s I was convinced that our generation would change the world for the better. It’s 2012 and wars still rage for profit, not freedom. Politicians are still corrupt, unchecked greed and exploitation consume valuable resources and many people are disheartened and uncertain who they can trust and what to do. My memories of those years in the 1970s are clear and what’s important now is that the political climate of the USA and the world is again positioned for important change. As these changes are stirring, it is essential to delve deeply into any media exploitation that could derail the efforts of the coming changes. That’s why I encourage you to read and digest the entire eleven page document by John Robbins, Humanity and Sanity, and look into the materials posted by Praxis Peace Institute.
In order for that change to be positive and sustained, it requires that young people become engaged and educated and move in directions that are grounded in non-violent strategic action. One excellent source is from Gene Sharp, of the Albert Einstein Institution and his 198 methods for non-violent action. It is wonderful to see that the youth of today have another opportunity to rise up and begin to make significant social and political changes.
“A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.” Mahatma Gandhi.