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  • Writer's pictureMichelle Leduc Catlin

Power of the People

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.”
Margaret Mead

I hear tell of people who still think mandates make sense, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary.

I know that we humans tend to get locked into our opinions.

Haven’t we all read a newspaper looking for confirmation of our existing beliefs?

(You know, back when we read newspapers.)

Don’t most of us find a political party or wing that agrees with said opinions and align ourselves with them, thereby tethering our identity to an organization or "side” that can do the thinking for us?

I’m not mocking, just calling out the truth as I see it and have experienced it myself.

It’s easier to confront an issue when we’re young and still forming our identities, decide on what’s what, find others who agree, and leave it at that.

Once we’re entrenched, we’ll always find evidence, and that evidence soothes our egos and allows us to carry on with our day as per usual.

After all, life is too busy to go about challenging our own beliefs and assumptions, with the potential of crumbling the very foundation upon which we’ve built our lives.

Or so it seems.

Actually, it’s only the ego identity that crumbles.

What emerges when that falls apart is Michelangelo’s David amid the stone.

The essence of who we are — divine, limitless, beautiful.

Byron Katie said, “Life doesn’t happen to you, it happens for you.”

The coronacrisis can be the greatest opportunity for us individually and as a civilization to transform that which hasn’t worked for a very long time -- the "system."

As many of my previous beliefs fell one by one, I felt liberated.

No longer afraid of finding evidence contrary to my views, the world opened up like a positive Pandora’s box of possibilities.

Able to look injustice in the eye, I am no longer afraid of shadows.

When the greatest transfer of wealth to the smallest number of people in human history happens in the 18 months concurrent with a supposedly deadly virus, one has to step back and consider:

What is going on?

And what can I do about it?

It’s easy to think that we, as the working and middle classes, have no agency.

That is the ego’s way of ensuring we don’t disturb the status quo — that we don’t disrupt the identity we have so carefully created.

But we have more than our past thoughts and beliefs.

We have imagination, creativity, ingenuity, hope…and each other.

This month, I begin sharing some of the inspiring and empowering stories and actions I’ve been hearing, reading, watching, and taking.

Today, I begin with individual acts of courage…

Like this mother, who stood up to the system with a group of other parents, and made a difference

for her son…

And this young woman who is speaking truth to power by sharing the devastating impact of the jab on her life…

And this California anesthesiologist who was escorted out of work at UCLA because he chose not to get the jab…

And this airline pilot who is calling forth a freedom movement…

And this construction worker who simply said, “Shove it!”

Be warned: his language is salty…

These are ordinary people like you and me, who are doing what they can to stand up for the right to choose what we do with our own bodies.

Watch these short videos and ask yourself, "What will I do?"

What inspires, empowers, ignites you?

What will cause, or is causing, you to unleash the courage of conviction within you?

I’d love to hear.


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