“We’re Human Beings!”
Berkeley, California 1964
“If this is a firm, and if the Board of Regents are the Board of Directors, and if President Kerr in fact is the manager, then I tell you something—the faculty are a bunch of employees and we’re the raw material! But we’re a bunch of raw materials that don’t mean to be – have any process upon us. Don’t mean to be made into any product! Don’t mean – Don’t mean to end up being bought by some clients of the University, be they the government, be they industry, be they organized labor, be they anyone! We’re human beings!…
(Mario Savio, December 2, 1964, emphasis added)
How many of this have cried out these words in the face of an uncaring society? Did anyone hear us? Did anyone care? How many of us are old enough to remember the student protests that once rocked America’s campuses? Those protests began in Berkeley, with the then famous “Free Speech Movement” at Sproul Hall. There was something deeper at work in people’s hearts then, something vital that got ignored in the media reports of radicals and hippies and politics. What they saw about the system of education and how it connected to all the things they hated about the world had to be removed from people’s minds as fast as possible. That was truly revolutionary!
An entire generation tried to find its voice in the protests and the counter-cultural movement that sprang into being along with them. There had to be something better than the society that produced mass consumerism and the Vietnam War. There had to be something better than selling yourself to a company or union or government agency once you graduated and were now “ready for life.” So many sought for love without
bonds, a non-materialistic way of life, peace, justice, a place to raise your children free from the meaningless strife for more things. But they found that love was not free…
And that such high dreams cost a man or woman everything. The boundaries of SELFishness were too high to overcome. Eventually, it all went up in smoke.
But is the demise of the sixties communes* the end of the story? Why and how it ended is something you can read about in this paper, “Why the Movement Never Got Off the Ground”.
Has the search for true freedom, including freedom of speech, ended? Are we all now just consumers – the natural devolution of once noble human beings? Is all just quiet acceptance of the iCulture? (See the paper, “iCulture” for more on this…)
Could that possibly be “all there is, my friends”? If you don’t think so, please come to the Open Forums and Rap Sessions that are at many of our Yellow Delis and homes. There, your human voice can be heard.
The following communities and restaurants have regular open forums.
— Vista, at the Yellow Deli, 315 E. Broadway,
on Wednesdays: 9:00 p.m. Call (760) 631-1888 for the upcoming topic.
— Boulder, at the Yellow Deli, 908 Pearl Street. Phone: (303) 996-4700
Tuesday: Christian Dissenter discussions at 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday: Frog Stew at 10:00.
— Oneonta, at the Yellow Deli, 134 Main Street, has Rap Sessions Tuesday evening at 7:00. Phone: (607) 431-1155.
— Ithaca, at the Maté Factor, 143 East State Street, has Rap Sessions Sunday night at 8:00. Phone: (607) 256-2056.
— Chattanooga, at the Yellow Deli, 737 McCallie Avenue, has Rap Sessions Tuesday evening at 7:00. Phone: (423) 386-5210
The Total Depravity of Public Education:
The Compulsion to Control
Mario Savio was more right than he realized. The whole educational complex, from kindergarten through college, views boys and girls as raw material. The goals are always stated other than what they are, just as compulsory education was called “universal” to mask its coercion. But as this article says:
Since the promoters of compulsory education do not have history, decency, common sense, and certainly not educational achievement on their side, force is the only way such activists can achieve their goal…
This entire structure of state-controlled education is based on a fundamental Christian concept. The power of this concept in this day and age will surprise you. In fact, many of its most ardent champions would deny even being religious, let alone guilty of advocating one of the most well known and least liked of Christian doctrines – the total depravity of man. In this view parents are corrupt…
(Read more about the history, purposes, and effects of compulsory education at http://www.twelvetribes.org/articles/public-education.)
Tools of Control
Redefinitions of words and ideas have become tools of control, freely used by the state, the churches, and the schools. It is the ongoing and largely successful effort to keep society under their sway. To keep them believing the nonsense they preach and swallowing the hopes they offer. To read an example of how this is done by the churches to deceive Christians about foundational truths, see “Tools of Control” at http://www.twelvetribes.org/articles/tools-of-control.
Yes, friends, we live in the perilous times that Paul the apostle warned were coming long ago.** Things of fundamental importance – the hopes and institutions we thought we could build our lives on – are not what they seem to be. We understand the confusion and dismay many people feel today. We experienced it, too, but we found a place to belong, a place of hope, and a place of truth.
Please come and visit us at any of our locations.
* And after them, the Jesus communities of the 1970s.
** 2 Timothy 3:1-5
First Sent out as Newsletter 5 on May 24, 2012.