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It's Thanksgiving Day in the U.S. and I am sitting her with tears of joy having just watched a young Hawaiian musician, Makana 's stunning protest ballad, "We are the many" which he sang November 13, 2011 at the APEC (Asian-Pacific Economic Cooperation) state dinner. I would say this song is reminiscent of Bob Dylan's, "The Times they are a'changing", except I think this song is more powerful and Dylan didn't have the advantage of YouTube.
The CNN newscaster in the following clip is clearly in awe that a song that ends in "We are the many. You are the few" was actually sung for this audience and asked Makana if he was in trouble. The 11 minute clip includes the full 5 minute ballad and ends with Makana's explanation of the power of moving out of fear to sing his song at APEC and that is when I started crying.
We are winning. It's joyful to realize how much the world has changed since Thanksgiving 2010. This time last year was 2 months before the Arab Spring started with the Tunisia uprising in December 2010 and Muburak exited Egypt in January 2011 and the summer of uprisings in England, Greece, Spain & Italy. It's incredible that Makana was wearing an "Occupy With Aloha" T shirt while singing his song when one considers the Occupy Wall Street movement was kicked off only 2 months ago, September 17, 2011 at Zuccotti Park New York.
Here's the 11 minute video that starts with the CNN clip and includes the back story and 5 minute ballad: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VegV-8vu7go
This is the YouTube video of just the ballad. When I checked in just now the viewer count is at 222,292. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xq3BYw4xjxE
With love and thanksgivings to all,
Here's another wonderfully uplifting 11 minute video from Dr Bruce Lipton, author of the Biology of Belief on the subject of the "biological imperative" for survival which he states is driving the global Occupy movement. Dr Lipton talks about "spontaneous evolution", meaning we are "very soon" going to spontaneously find ourselves in a new non corporate controlled world. No one has any idea what that will look like or what the solutions will be because they will simply "emerge" out of nowhere. I'm playing around with the idea that Makana's "We are the many" ballad is an example of "emergence".
It's now 10:30 p.m. and I am back home after a lovely Thanksgiving Day dinner with my family. I'm still riding high on hope and gratitude.