I agree with Cyrus that the most powerful thing one can do is imagine what we want things to be like, and then do one’s best to make it happen.
It is very difficult to change someone else’s behavior or mind. It is easier, and more productive, to begin the change in action one’s self.
It is also powerful to find people with whom we can share our vision, and work together to co-create whatever is next. Lead by example and invite others to join so that nobody is in the lead.
If NPR blogger Emily White were more personally in touch with the artists she admires, then perhaps she would have a different relationship with her music library. It is probably the alienation of commercial exchange that makes it feel OK to rip so many CDs without paying for one.
If Ms. White had a more personal relationship with artists, perhaps that library would be the result of gifts, collaboration or mutual exchange. There would be no reason to brag about an 11,000 track library that wasn’t paid for.
Perhaps, collaboration and sharing can be a more satisfying approach than arguing about who got paid.
cyrus: Had another thought on yesterday’s post. Instead of focusing on how bad things are, why not see this collective moment for what it is: an opportunity to try for something different. Just about everyone agrees things are bad. That is a pretty powerful thing— if just about everyone decides…
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