What will you do about it?

Matt Morgan
Nov 14, 2013


"Spare us your pity, alien. You gush about your connection with nature, your primal wisdom, but what has it brought you?"
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"Where are your marvels of engineering? Your voyages of discovery? Your great insight into the nature of the universe? Even at our basest, when we dressed as you do, dwelt as you do, hunted as you do, lived as you do, we did more than merely survive. We built wonders. We made great journeys. We forged epics. You have not.
You speak so proudly of the plugs dangling from your skulls, little realizing that they are but strings and you puppets. What little you have accomplished you attribute to the wisdom of your goddess, who is nothing but the voices of your dead echoing for all eternity. She moors you to the past, serving as a leash that keeps you as little better than apes, sad parodies of civilization that lack that special spark to become something more.
We have come to your world in search of resources. Whether your actions drive us back or we take what we want and move on, the outcome is the same. We will depart from your wretched planet, leaving you behind. And in a thousand years, you will not have changed from this contact with another world. You will remain in your trees, hunting your prey, communing with your goddess, until your sun burns out and your world dies.
And above your tomb, the stars will belong to us." - Colonel Miles Quaritch, Avatar, 2009
What would you do when confronted with such a blunt speech? Think about similar situations you may have in life. Ones where you feel helpless in the face of a political situation. Legal. Social. Economic.
For the Na'vi, they fought back. Many died. How did it turn out? Well, you can watch the movie for more information. But there's that last residual sting about the stars...
How can we take you to the stars in the face of fierce opposition?
Write an epic. Make a voyage. Do the things that will advance you. Where do you start?
In business you will be more successful than not if you fill a niche. Make a product people want or don't have. Provide a service not yet provided (or locally provided if found elsewhere). There are more options than ever to raise money if you put in the education and dedication to do so. There are many classes online and off that can teach you so much. Crowd-sourcing will help fund your epic by fellow tribesmen who wish to hear it.
Do you want to effect societal change? Are your tribes' leaders not listening to you despite reaching out to them? There are ways even if they take time. Attend meetings, town halls, and visit offices. Write petitions. Run for office. Here's one great example. As Congress is seized up and will never vote to change that, the states can do it for them.
The Indiana Senate President Pro Tempore wrote up initial documents on "Amending the Constitution by State-Led Convention" and how his state will approach that process. Share this with other tribesmen to overcome whatever peril is threatening you.
Lastly, take a voyage. It doesn't even have to be to another town, state, or country. Think of things differently. As a Na'vi, you would do well to understand what motivated the humans. It is tough, but to interact with them is the key. Confront your own beliefs. Learn from others. See if an idea works elsewhere to bring home if it does or reject if it doesn't. Give another faith a try to understand how other people worship. Join a religious or community organization to meet others and understand who they are, what they do, and how they can help.
No matter what you do, do it. Train yourself. Prepare yourself. For peace, for debate, for conflict, for fun. It starts with each of you individually, even if you are part of a greater tribe. Otherwise, whether they remain or not, the humans will win.



J. Hartman

Matt, this is very good and thank you for sharing with us all. Sometimes we believe to change another is the answer, but it is within each of us as the individual where that change must begin. Easier said then done, but thank you again!

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The Hero Zone

Thank you, and yes it is easier said than done. To go to new places or attempt to think new thoughts is difficult. But in doing so, you get a new perspective on life and how it is lived. For me, roleplaying has been a huge help to try and understand people better.

In Dungeons & Dragons, for example, I have been running a consistent game for almost seven years now. In that time, I have had to portray villains to my players. You have to understand that not everyone wakes up in the morning, looks in the mirror, and says "I'm a bad guy and I can't wait to do bad guy things." So, I had to think about what compelled someone to reasonably take the dire/selfish/destructive actions s/he did.

The same goes with "good guys". While a male, I have had to portray females and give them compelling lives and motivations without having lived as one. I have to present civilizations that are wholly different than our own in fantastic and shuddering ways. But for it all, not only have I provided entertainment to my players, I have also learned a lot myself.

If I can help spark that drive on an individual basis with others, to let them know you CAN do something about the sword over your head, then I can feel better about my contributions to my community.

Sorry the reply turned into a monologue, but these are passionate topics about real lives.