Activists will often talk about when they “woke up” and first realized some new set of ideals, principles, or perhaps a paradigm shift that rearranges everything they thought they knew about the world. I tend to view this process as an ongoing life long transformation rather than a one time event whereby the individual is supposedly completely born anew with no further layers to shed.
For instance, in September 2005 I realized I was tired of being around crack and meth heads and wanted to do something different with my life. That was the first step in a process that continues to this day.
In late 2005, after getting locked up, I started practicing meditation. In 2007, after getting locked up again I started taking it even more seriously.
In late 2009 I “woke up” to the various forms of authority that attempt to rule over…
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