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On The Other Side Of Fear (Part 2): Reluctance and Resistance

“Never doubt that a small group of people can change the world.” I’ve always believed this; regardless of what anyone else has told me and what I have seen. The how has always been what has confused me. There are countless ways to make the world a better place; it is a matter of choice. What side of history will you be on? What will your family and friends say about you in the end?

Potentially I may think about death more than most people; as every once in a while it keeps me up at night with how terrifying it sounds. I’ve always been one to think about legacy; not really sure why though as that wasn’t something I was taught. Nevertheless; making a change is something that I always want to be doing. Whether that’s helping someone do something they love; teaching someone they are more capable then they realize; or managing a part of the organization I believe in.

Its true what so many people say; you only realize when you’re older how your parents are right. I am no exception. My mom always told me I could accomplish whatever I wanted to; but I had to pick one thing at a time. When I was younger I didn’t understand why I had to choose. I didn’t realize a person could only handle so much; rather that I could only handle so much. Pride does cometh before the fall. I think that is part of why I had to live in Louisiana. I needed to learn and work and then collapse out of exhaustion. That lesson was one of the most valuable above anything else I learned there.  A lesson I am still reluctantly accepting while resisting. Today I will put that resisting aside.

My main question now is “what am I willing to do to get to where I want?”. Right now; I am willing to fight. Part of the reason for my fear is the way the internet is being limited. Since 2013 the internet has been under attack in the USA from ISPs wanting to create fast lanes. This means ISPs can charge companies more for their websites and consumers for specific websites. The FCC was supporting them in the cause; and so was President Obama. It wasn’t until 2015 President Obama saw the error of what he was supporting. He help create the basis of Net Neutrality; making the internet a title 2 (aka and utility like AC or gas). Since then however; ISPs have been lobbying harder than ever. This year has been among the worst; FCC Chairman Ajit Pai (a former Verizon Lawyer) is trying to move the Internet from a title 2 to title 1 (an information service like public education).

About 10 years ago; I would have agreed with Chairman Pai. However the way we used the internet is incredibly different now than it was back then. Before it was only used for communication and information. Now people use it for not only communication and information; they use it for their livelihoods; their education. From Job applications to Marketing to course work for public education and beyond to learning about global news on a much larger scale; the internet provides more than information now. It is a necessity for thousands upon thousands of individuals.

If we are not willing to stand up for our freedom of the press and freedom of the internet; the next generation will suffer the consequences of our actions. We can contact congress and let them know we do not stand for this. And if they choose to let it slide; we will not support them in next year’s election cycle. We can spread the word; from Facebook to Instagram to Snapchat to YouTube.

We have a obligation to the next generation to not make the same mistakes we’ve made in the past. It doesn’t matter how much the generation before us suffered or how much we suffered. If we do not rise up now; our children and our children’s children will not no freedom if we let this happen.

 

PS: I’m sorry if you think there is a bad attitude of this article; I am pissed that my niece and nephew are going to deal with this if we don’t stop it. I want them to experience the positive things about the internet; not have to pay for f**ing Snapchat to send something to their friends.

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