Challenge the system
As I write this I am enjoying the delicious $5.05 breakfast at the new Oy Vey Cafe that opened this December on East Hopkins Avenue under Aspen Brewery’s new location. While I savor my over-easy eggs, well-seasoned potatoes, buttery wheat toast, hot coffee and refreshing OJ in content comfort and warmth, two articles in the local papers hook my attention; both pertain to people challenging the system, standing up against “the man.”
The first hits close to home. Lee Mulcahy, a former ski instructor has littered the news recently by raising a ruckus about how much Aspen Skiing Co. employees are being paid relative to how much guests pay. I do not fully agree with his reasoning and means to go about it, but I thoroughly admire his will to stand up, speak out, and challenge the biggest company in this valley.
The other event takes place on a bigger scale, with more people halfway around the world for many similar reasons. The people of Egypt have had enough. They are fed up with the way their country is being run, are sick of the way their leaders are treating them, and they are doing something about it. Uprisings, protests and riots are bringing the people together to challenge and fight the current system.
These are two very different events both fighting for the same thing. It is common people fighting for their rights and freedoms, challenging the system that keeps us from reaching our true potential and freedom as a people. They are keeping the fire stoked letting “the man” know that it is a people’s world and we will continue to stand up for what is right. It is inspiring. It is uplifting. It is necessary for growth and development.
It is easy to become complacent, especially in a well-off town such as Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley, but we must continue to progress and move forward. Sometimes the only way to get there is to light a fire under the people/leaders/companies that have the control. Just remember to go about it in a responsible manner and correct way. Peaceful and professional is ideal, but that doesn’t always produce the desired results. This is our world, our lives, and we have the ability to make them what we want. Be creative. Be influential. Think of what we must do, where we must go, and how we must get there, and then, as one of my favorite musicians, Bob Marley, said: “Get up, stand up, stand up for your rights. Get up, stand up, don’t give up the fight.”
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