Turn off your TV and start a revolution.

 

I think you should first watch this video then read the rest of this post.

1962 doesn’t seem like it was that long ago but the world is so drastically different from then when JFK spoke at Rice Stadium. Today we have the internet, we have twitter, and Facebook, we have computers more powerful than what brought the men of Apollo 11 to the surface of the moon in our pockets. Today we can share ideas with the entire planet with out leaving our homes, and access any piece of information at any moment when ever we want.Yet today it seems as though something is missing.Today everything is so hyper individualized that we might be missing the bigger picture. And I’ll be the first to admit that I am victim of this behavior also. I spend more time reading up on the newest iPhone rumors than I do about Darfur. I watch the late night talk shows more than I watch the news and I’m not even sure if my building has recycling but I’ve almost beat Plants Vs Zombies. Just by writing these words I find myself to be embarrassed. And I suppose that’s my point.

We all have this idea of the person we want to be and the world we want to live in. But more often than not we don’t always follow through with the steps to actually make it a reality.

How many documentaries are in your Netflix queue that you haven’t watched? vs How many times have you watched Happy Gilmore? How many books have you read this month? vs How many times have you checked Facebook today? We often get started but are easily distracted.

If we spent the amount of time we waste on the Jersey Shore, playing Angry Birds, or reading about the Real Housewives of where ever we can actually achieve to be the people we want to be. And this mindset applies to world issues as well. If we really wanted to change the planet we could. But that’s work. And if your given the choice to run for an hour and half or watch a movie. More than likely you’ll pick the movie.

The reason I think watching that speech is important is it truly embodies what people are capable of. Let’s go to the moon. We don’t know how to do it, we’ve never done it before but if we put our minds to it we are going to get there. And we did. Makes your wanting to learn italian seem pretty easy in comparison. So start that project. Write that book. Paint that picture and go be the best person you can be.

Turn off your TV and start a revolution.

“I see all this potential, and I see squandering.  An entire generation pumping gas, waiting tables; slaves with white collars. Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy shit we don’t need. We’re the middle children of history. No purpose or place. We have no Great War. No Great Depression. Our Great War’s a spiritual war… our Great Depression is our lives. We’ve all been raised on television to believe that one day we’d all be millionaires, and movie gods, and rock stars. But we won’t. And we’re slowly learning that fact. And we’re very, very pissed off. ” – Tyler Durden

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