The final issue of Time magazine for 2011 features their choice for Person of the Year. This year it was the protester. I read the articles and admire people who have such conviction that they'll risk life and limb for what they feel is right. I admit to having a very calm middle class upbringing, a Norman Rockwell childhood, and no need to protest. Oh, I complain about mundane stuff, but I've never felt the urge to put myself on the line for justice.
So, the protests of 2011 are not over, and I'm sure some new ones shall arise. I'll watch and read from the sidelines.
On another note from 2011, here are a few quotes from artists and celebrities who passed away:
Amy Winehouse/singer,songwriter - lyrics I tread a troubled track/My odds are stacked/I go back to black
Jack LaLanne/fitness expert - "I can't die. It would ruin my image." He made it to 96.
Sidney Lumet/director - "He knew exactly what he wanted to see, and when he saw it. He didn't question it. He didn't look back through his lens. That was it. That was the shot."
Geraldine Ferraro/politician - "American history is about doors being opened, doors of opportunity for everyone...as long as you're willing to earn it."
Gil Scott-Heron/poet and musician:
You will not have to worry about
a dove in your bedroom, the tiger in your tank
or the giant in your toilet bowl
The revolution will not go better with Coke
The revolution will not fight the germs
that may cause bad breath
The revolution will put you in the driver's seat
The revolution will not be televised