Accepting the Unacceptable

There is story this about how you can boil a frog without it reacting to being boiled. The story goes that if you put a frog in a pot of boiling water, it will just jump out, but if you put the frog in cold water and slowly raise the heat on it he will cook no problem. Eventually, the frog gets boiled because it does not perceive the change in temperature of the water. It basically became used to something that eventually destroyed it. One would think that we would be better than a frog when it comes to succumbing to desensitization, but are we?

With Our Permission

People often complain about things in their daily lives that they find annoying. Whether it is their jobs, families, friends or, a particular favorite, the government, you will find people engaging in an endless procession of complaints. The interesting thing about being in a free society like America is that there is this explicit understanding that everything happens with our consent. We may claim that this is not true and that we do not consent too many of the things that go on in our society, but the evidence paints a different story. We argue that government, like the Scranton government, is irresponsive to our needs and desires. This is true, but isn’t it us who gives these institutions our consent to behave as they do. We have the power to change almost any law and any ordinance but we rarely exercise this power. We can organize and enforce any policy we desire. The government depends on us to survive and somehow we think it is the other way around. If everyone in Scranton decides to stop paying their taxes tomorrow, the Scranton government would have to merely pack up and leave. This is the power of collective action. We unwittingly give our consent when we fail to organize and collectively enact change.

Without our permission

If we really are fed up with any situation then the only true testament to that are our actions. We know that actions speak louder than words. Therefore, we should have the expectation that things will not change unless we act to make them change. Any form of inaction is a means of giving permission for the corrupt to continue to engage in their corruption. The government of Scranton does not have our consent to do as it pleases and to prove this we have moved to directly act against the Scranton government. This courageous act is something that has been a long time coming. The people of Scranton have been through a torrent of haphazard policies and failed initiatives. It is obvious to everyone in this city that there needs to be a change. There must be a change. Finally, change has come. In the coming weeks, we will no longer talk about change. We are no longer content to argue our points. It is now time for action. Stay tuned.


Gary St. Fleur

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