We sit at a unique point in history.
The rise of the Internet, and of Computer Technology have contributed to an unparalleled rate of prosperity for the first world.
We have created for ourselves an empire like no other, a global network of trade and constant communication.
This is a new age of technological advancement. We have come a long way from our humble roots in the industrial revolution and the days of manifest destiny.
We’re now pioneers in new digital frontiers, expanding our domain from the quantum world to the far reaches of space.
And yet the empire faces a crisis.
A global recession, growing poverty, rampant violence, and corruption in politics as well as threats to personal freedom, and the destruction of our planet, our home.
As it was before in other times of crisis, the old stories have begun to repeat themselves.
The half truths, this time repeated nightly on cable news and echoed through a series of tubes onto the Internet, are as pervasive as ever.
The empire is strong.
People think that change is unwise, that business as usual is the answer, but it is not.
In times of insecurity there are those who seek to add to the confusion,prey on our insecurities and fears. Those who would seek to keep us divided for their own gain.
The effective strategy takes many unique forums.
Liberals, conservatives, independents, blacks, whites, Christians, Muslims, saved, and sinner.
But something unexpected is happening.
We have begun telling each other our own stories, sharing our lives, our hopes, our dreams, and our demons.
Every single second, day in and day out, the gritty details are streaming around the world.
As we see the lives of others played out in our living rooms we’re beginning to understand the consequences of our actions, and the error of the old ways. We’re questioning the old assumptions that we are made to consume, not create, that the world is for our taking, that war is inevitable, that poverty is unavoidable.
As we learn more about our global community, a fundamental truth has been discovered.
We are not so different.
Every human has strengths, weaknesses, and emotions.
We crave love, laughter, and fear being alone. We dream of a better life.
You must create this life.
You cannot sit on the couch watching television, playing video games, or waiting for a revolution. You are the revolution.
Ever read time you choose not to exercise your rights, every time you get into someone else’s viewpoint, every time you spend a dollar at a business that does not pay a fair wage, you are contributing to the problem, which is the oppression of the human body, and of the human mind. You have a choice.
You have a choice to take the easy path, the familiar path as it has become.
Or you can go outside and talk to your neighbor, to come together in new forums to create lasting, meaningful change for the human race.
The revolution must take hold as the peaceful one. We must build our strength through ideas, and ingenuity, and creativity.
We must tear down the barriers that have existed to this day only because we allow them to.
Barack Obama, May 19, 2011, in an address concerning the Arab Spring.
The irony of this rhetoric gets louder every day, Mr. President.