I could talk about A Simple Revolution for eons. It is guaranteed that I will be rereading this book within the next year relearn the lessons within the words, and picking up on lessons previously missed. But, one glaring question remains within me. As I continue to read and watch documentaries highlighting the movements in the 60’s and 70’s I am often left to wonder if my generation has the compunction to fight the powers that be as they once did. Often I am resigned to think we do not have the gumption, tenacity, and willingness to throw ourselves aside for the greater good. Every once in awhile there are signs of hope to be sure: Occupy Wall Street, the 1999 WTO Seattle protest, border protests, Add the Four Words, the list of protests goes on and on, but none amount to what was done before.
Grahn talks about a “simple revolution”. Her simple revolution is leaderless, and asks, “What is it that people need? What is needed to end prejudice?” A simple revolution . . . the possibilities of what could be if people could have what they needed, could live authentically without fear. Pat Parker, an African-American, lesbian, feminist poet shared Grahn’s sentiments. In one of her works she wrote, “I have a dream too./ it’s a simple dream.” This dream could not be realized through current theoretical perspectives. Yet, even today our theories lack the insight to effectively formulate a foundation to build forth this simple revolution. As a student I can see taking Queer Theory, Systems Theory, and possibly Psychosocial Theory to build this foundation of what people personally need, and possibly look at Social Learning Theory to answer the question of ending prejudice.
Though my conjecture is purely speculation I want to SEE something come about. I am tired of seeing one-dimensional political activism that does not relate to real life issues people face every day. Though the political activism is necessary, and the gains they have made are indeed a blessing, I wish to see us all taking arms and fighting back against the misogyny, homophobia, and racism.