Part 1.

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At this moment you could be anywhere, doing anything. Instead you're sitting alone behind a screen. So what's stopping us from doing what we want, being where we want to be?

Each day we wake up in the same room and follow the same path to live the same day as yesterday. Yet at one time, each day was a new adventure.
Along the way something changed though...
Before days were timeless, now our days are scheduled.
Is this what it means to be grown up? To be free?
But are we really free?

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Food, water, land...
The elements we need to survive.
There's no food for us on trees anymore,
No fresh water in streams,
No land to built a home.
If you try to take what the earth provides, you'll be locked away.
So we obey their rules.
We discover the world through a textbook.
For years we sit and do as we're told.
Texted and graded, like subjects in a lab.
Raised to make a difference in this world, yet raised to be no different.
Smart enough to do our job, but not to question why we do it.
So we work and work, left with no time to live the life we worked for.
Until a day comes when we're too old to do our job and our children take our place in the game.

To us our path is unique, but together we are nothing more than fuel.
The fuel that powers the elite.
The elite who hide behind their cooperation.
This is their world.
It is us who build their cities,
We run their machines,
We fight their wars.
After all, money isn't what drives them, it's power.
Money is simply the tool they use to control us.
Worthless pieces of paper we depend on to feed us, move us, entertain us.
They gave us money,
And in return we gave them the world.

We are like a plague,
Sweeping the earth.
Tearing apart the environment that allows us to live.
We see everything as something to be sold, an object to be owned.
But what happens when we've poisoned the last breath of air? Poured out all the rivers? Have no oil for the trucks that bring us food?
When will we realize that money has no value?

We aren't destroying our planet,
We're destroying the life on it.
Every year thousands of species go instinct.
And time is running out before we're next.
We take prescription drugs to deal with sickness.
We're told everything could be solved, while throwing money at scientists so they can find a cure to make our problems go away.
We think we're running for a cure, when really we're running away from the cause.

It's funny to think humans once thought the earth was the center of the universe. But then again, we see ourselves as the center of the planet.
We point to our technology and say we're the smartest.
But do our computers, cars and factories really illustrate how intelligent we are? Or do they show how lazy we've become?

We've put on this civilized mask, but when you strip that away, what are you?
We act as if we're all knowing beings, yet there's so much we fail to see.
We walk down the streets ignoring little things.
The eyes who stare, the stories they share.
Perhaps we fear we're not alone, that we're part of a much bigger picture.
But we fail to make a connection.

We're okay killing pigs, cows, chickens, strangers from foreign lands.
But not our neighbors, not our dogs, cats, those we've come to love and understand.
We call other creatures stupid, yet we point to them to justify our actions.
But do we kill simply because we can? Because we've always have been? Or does it show how little we've learned from the past?
One day the sensation called life will leave us.
Yesterday's actions will only remain.
Death constantly surrounds us, still it seems so distant from our everyday reality.

We live in a world of displeasure.
The wars of tomorrow will have no winners.
Our violence will never be the answer.
It will only destroy every possible solution.

If we all look in our inner most desire, we will see our dreams are not so different.
We share a common goal; happiness.
We tear the world apart looking for joy,
without ever looking within ourselves.

Many of the happiest people are those who own the least. But are we really happy with our IPhones, big houses, fancy cars?
We've become disconnected.
Idolizing people we've never met.
We witness the extraordinary on screens, but ordinary everywhere else.
We wait for someone to bring the change, without ever thinking about changing it ourselves.

Presidential elections might as well be coin tosses. Two sides of the same coin.
We choose which face we want, and with the illusion of choice, change is made.
But the world remains the same.
We fail to realize the politicians don't serve us,
They serve those who fund them in their power.
We need leaders, not politicians.
But in this world of followers, we have forgotten to lead ourselves.
Stop waiting for change and be the change you want to see.

This isn't about saving the planet.
The planet will be here, whether we are or not.
Earth has been around for billions of years.
Each of us will be lucky to last eighty.
We are a flash in time, but our impact is forever.

Today we have an opportunity we never had before;
The internet gives us the power to share a message and unite millions around the world.
While we still can, we must use our screens to bring us together, rather than further apart.

We can either serve this system of destruction until no memory of our existence remain, or we can wake up,
Realize we aren't evolving upwards but rather falling down.
We just have screens in our faces so we don't see where we're heading.

You can choose to carve your own path,
or follow the road countless others have already taken.
Life is not a movie, the script isn't already written.
We are the writers.
This is your story.
Their story.
Our story.

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