revolutionaries look down their noses at the small steps we take to
change our lives. These acts include growing our own food, buying
locally, buying fair trade products, riding a bicycle instead of a
car, etc. On their own, divorced from the greater liberatory
movement, they would seem feeble, feel-good actions. However, few
ever believed, say, growing your own food was The Revolution.
Everyone I have ever met who engages in these small acts is also
involved in the larger picture, those movements for peace,
environmental sanity and liberty.
small act links us to the liberated future, allows us, in a minor
way, to live the life we wish to lead, only now. The little movements
are also a transmission belt to the larger movements. You may start
out only interested in growing organic food in your back yard, but if
you take your little act seriously, inexorably you will be drawn to
a criticism of the entire system. You will begin to ask why
corporate agriculture uses pesticides and artificial fertilizers and
why the state has encouraged these practices. You will begin to
question a system that eliminates local farm land while importing
vegetables from China. Encouraging the small act leads people toward
the greater movement.
criticism of small acts is a moralistic one, and not at all
dialectical. It fails to see the holistic nature of the movements
great and small, and it fails to see that a person's thoughts work as
processes, that they are not static.