Jan. 1st, 2012

zestypinto: (8-Ball)
Looking at Time's cover of Man of The Year, I thought it was about time someone acknowledged the efforts of the people. I have mentioned time and time again that 2010 is the coming of extreme reform: when we look back here, we're going to announce to people no matter where we were, the significance of what we've seen. We will tell people about the things we saw once Osama was shot and the images of a strangely staged Kim Jong Il reaction upon his death. We will remember the stories that kept funneling in on the protests of Egypt, then Libya. We will mockingly laugh or pity the people who followed a radio speaker who urged the people of the world to prepare for a Rapture unfulfilled. We will all remark on what life was like for us and the differences we saw from a global recession and bitterly remark on the financial districts and how Tea Party politics eventually switched over to Occupy enforcements.

But it wasn't just the people of these times that made me think of this. We saw the death of a pop legend, and the resurging significance of social media from a dotcom world. We watched bipartisan politics finally tear into the seams of America's once-boastful legacy, and how the emperor-king of the United Nations has found itself beginning to yield to a sleeping dragon awakened, while the paupers of its Southern fringe finally start to reform between bandit lords in armored vehicles and fiberglass subs fight for their stake in the upper end of high gain drug money. We have seen photographers and children gunned down by our own friendly fire, from a prince of free information imprisoned by a world seeking to quiet him before he releases the Pandora's Box that will unlock the skeleton closet of our most important officials.

We saw Mother Nature lash out against us, continually, and we saw the fears of a cold war's legacy start to unearth itself, one pregnant steam-filled day at a time. And while we Americans may have seemed uneffected by the majority of it, there is always the reminder of the first East Coast quake in decades, the frenetic Christmas snow that shut down major cities, and the ever-increasing heat waves to come in summer.

Is it that the world has really changed, or is it that we have become more aware of these things? If 2000 was the return of our Cold War fears from USSR nukes to terrorist ones, then 2010 is the return of the 1970's: a time when major changes are occurring and we will be the ones to see it through. China is already teetering on the edge of major reform, and our own government's stodginess has already begun to grease the wheels of change from an unsatisfied populace.

I don't know what the future holds for the children of this decade, but I predict they will see more happening this decade than any of us have in the previous ones. Will the meek inherit the Earth, or will this decade be the one to educate our future leaders? Flowery words mean nothing, but inspired thought always leaves one curious.

I leave this personal self-waxing reflection with a video from a group that the original point of this entry was pointed towards: From Monument to Masses' always had the agenda of pointing out that the great changes of the world begins with the people rather than the figure.

People, keep your eyes open for 2012: whether it end up as chaotic as this year or the next, we will see great things happening, and I hope you will continue to be there to experience it with me: if not in person, then in the aspect of life you reside in.


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