When many gathered and spoke
Are we moving forwards or are we going backwards"
With respect to this new organization that has taken place within the media the Indymedia, UK. It makes one like you and I want to reflect and review how we have reached so far.
From those who want to take over to those who just help others. Those who act and react to those who sly in the shadows and plan. We are all in this for one reason, at least we hope we are?!
I invite all to ride the analytical wave I have brought for this just reason. Maybe by this we can account ourselves for greater things to come while we make our drafts on how to reach others.
So how far have we really come from those years, when all were making plans for the coming decade, century, millennium we were assessing our steps our directions and what was next. The year was '98.
London, South London. Almost six years to this day. When many gathered, and spoke. It was about to happen for them, for us at that time almost anything could have happened, they were not all too certain but confidently went along and strode ahead.
With this venture they went covering where they stood. Around the circumference speeches were made and thoughts waved about the place. This is what brought me to use this material, speeches taken from the brethrens who were actually there on that day in '98.
The roots of this change we are seeking always need to be seen in light of what brought it coming. '2003 for '98
"Ready for the Revolution."
"'As this day dawns we are out in the warmth of the moment comforted by the rhythms of the atmosphere the season and the weather that brings us here. Then the question now becomes what have we come here for and what is it that we want to hear? After we have heard all what they have said and all they had to tell. Then what is the difference from what we will speak and this movement of what we proclaim today?'
I will bring you this question like this life has brought me. As a human being I like you was also brought up in circumstances important to my life and my upbringing. The people around me, and all their influences the places where I have been and have lived during those days.
The circumstances I found myself in was later to create and push and pull giving birth and forming the life that has brought about the man of today. I bring you the same question that this life brings me what are we doing here today and what have we come here to hear?
It is time my friends, my fellows the time we are this period is asking us for us to describe it like many have done by their actions and their words. It is asking for us to name it, to shape it like people are trying to and to cultivate it. Then who is doing the sowing and how much are we reaping?'
While they are cultivating the soil of our age who is responsible for the harvest, I ask of you who?'
Let us pay attention to the direction of this wretched earth and ask ourselves again have we made any responsible? Some will say those in power, others will chant that those without the means of gain are the void. But what is power, and how can we control it? How much of this do we really know and how much can we contain? Shifting the blame like others have done have brought about unforgiving consequences. Let us then together grab what we can with what has been given to us and use it for the betterment of those like yourself in order to create the mends for the greater good of man."
If this is the revolution, the revolution, then move it now?! If not then forget it and put it aside!
There is no point in us taking part in something that we don't actively believe and that we cannot stretch ourselves for and lay our lives for. There is no point in us worshipping the ideals and giving our ear to the desires of another if we have not even respected of fully justified the identity of our own. Otherwise that would be stealing or borrowing plagiarizing so to speak and in the end it may even be misleading.
If this is the revolution then I say to all it has started?! If not then please let it begin. Let us start it.
*End of speech one
"Good morning my brethrens and may I also say what a beautiful day it is out here today.
I like you believe that we are all gathered here for the same reasons and ambitions. And that we have the same union of goals out here today. And has we sit and stand here shoulder to shoulder we will share the same intentions between ourselves. Out here today I believe we can start to see from what has been from what is happening that change and the changes we have desired are starting to come to pass. My friends, brethrens the times are changing fast likewise those who are working within them.'
The ways of before are not held up and praised as much as they were when they first came into place.
As they were in the days when they were practiced by their pioneers and by their builders. People like you and me take these standards laid before us like a wind.
We have very much forgotten or not taken into account through our daily lives and by our motives as a people the importance of our inheritance and the initiative of what was built for the reasons they were.'
And so the same question falls on us yet again. And that is where should we shift the responsibility?
These responsibilities of our circumstances. As they are before us, the individual the social civil and global? All in all we are experiencing what the consequences of the actions or the non-actions that have become what we call now. We can no gain power by dumping in the hole of our situation those who we see fit to enter it. Dumping the blame on the scapegoats like others have done. If we were that would only be making our own targets and to make things appear easier as if it were merely a one problem situation. No there are matters of the fact that have brought upon what we live to this moment. Matters and circumstances as they revolve and turn one another to bring us here and now."
"'Just today as I was on my way to this place a person approached me with what they said needed an "immediate response." Now this person handed me over the information and on it read "this year will be bigger than the last, and afterwards it will get bigger and bigger and bigger until it can peak no more."
The situation was concerning the gathering of brethrens for defending the Christian faith in the nations that do not allow the faith to be practiced. And he was also describing to me vividly how it was us who went to christianize their nation in the beginning and now they are coming back to us with burning testimonies of survival, endurance, faith and action. And this is what is making people over here and on this side become aware of their plight. "They are now viewed not as isolated Islands but as a Multi-National Alliance of those who are holding up their faith against a State that would rather crush their spirit." These were the words of the man whom approached me this early dawn. What this situation hinted to me is that the more burning the testimony the more we will know about the situation and the more we know about a situation the more we will have to defend it when the testing times come. I believe it is right to say the Christians being tried and tested in those nations have neither got the time and are not in any position as hunted men and women to shift the blame and make easy targets responsible for their conditions. Instead of taking that easy route they confront us with their own responsibilities for their beliefs. Yes if we want to grow and to ascend with our points of view and the opinions that we share then we have to start to move more in the direction of holding on cautiously then confront our own responsibilities to each other. We will do this from the moment the realization of our own identity towards on another that brings us together will yet keep in the foreground each one's vision and each one's way. On this front though we hold together to come for this cause as we do today the strength of our gathering, we will not be a striding as overwhelming masses barbarically organizing confusion as fear, but more coming with stricter sound lifting all in each our voice, our choice.'
Brethrens, it is important now that we unanimously reach the point of responsibility that those of other crowds cannot help themselves but respect what we stand today our cause. And others will see us and would want to join us. They would will say "let our responsibility be like theirs and let us make theirs as ours and together we will defend and endure for the same reasons that our vision may pull through and until our objectives are met." We can do it my friends we will do it people when we know that it is more a matter of accepting our conditions that are holding us back. Accepting it not as a hindrance or weakness as it would appear to be but has the excess fat of our tissues which we need to exercise and harden into muscle moving, vitality. Just the same we must be on guard my people we must be ready. The time of vigilance and preparedness is as always the present that is now."
*End of speech two