Suit and Helplessness: How to Avoid Apathy

Julian Assange, along with Glenn Greenwald, Amy Goodman, and others, have filed suit demanding that journalists be given access to proceedings that are secretive and unconstitutional.

I don’t think the US Government intends to open this trial up even if the Queen of England sued. Perhaps the plaintiffs have the view that any publicity they can grab will help and–for better or for worse–Assange is the biggest name on that list.

There is something to be said for the helplessness that many supporters of Bradley Manning feel when it comes to the US governments attempts to shut everyone out of this process. It is frustrating to think that we are alone in our views and in our knowledge of what is going on. That is not just true of Bradley Manning but of many recent, unconstitutional and scary shit that is going on.

But the fact is we are not alone. It just seems like that because of our media. There are many people out there who believe that Manning should be freed. Americans are living in a bubble that exists outside reality, for the most part

So how do you avoid becoming an apathetic, disillusioned person in the face of these things? Here’s a few tips:

1. Take a break!

Life isn’t all about politics and negative shit. We all need to take a break once and awhile. Relax: drink some bourbon, watch mindless television, and play Call of Duty Modern Warefare while ignoring the ironic feelings associated with the latter.

2. Remind yourself that there’s only so much you can do. . .then proceed to do those things.

3. Have friends who have similar beliefs.

There is nothing more frustrating then trying to talk to someone about important stuff and they couldn’t care less. So I would suggest finding someone, anyone who takes an interest in these kinds of things. But tread carefully because a lot of people are scared of the truth.

That’s all for now.


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