Hopefully you had fun yesterday, although here at HPHQ, we believe that Valentine McSchmalentine's Day is all a load of shit, and no doubt all of you reading this will have figured that it shouldn't take one 'special' day out of the year to make an effort with your partner, the effort should be daily.
So, on to part 7, already, wow.
And so the song goes -
‘With a heart made of steel, I smashed through everything.’ – (1.09) Terror, One with the underdogs
We have now looked at two possibilities of what there might be to come in the future, or more to the point, what people are fighting for right now.
Regardless of whether the last few days have interested you as ‘solutions’ or not, nothing that you deem ‘ideal’ is going to happen just by you reading about it on the internet, sat on your arse.
Today’s post, therefore, is all about getting off of your arse.
As for everything, there’s a name for this: DIRECT ACTION ,
And the name should pretty much sum up what it is all about.
Anything from leaflet dropping to window smashing to interviewing people, all come under this title.
Thus, it’s a pretty broad use of terminology, but just getting out and doing something is basically what it is all about.
For the most part, all I can suggest to you is looking at your strengths, and sticking to them when it comes to taking Direct Action.
Do you have an approachable manner and good conversational skills? Look at interviewing and the journalism side perhaps.
Can you run fast, fight and don’t mind 14 hours in a 6X6 bricked-out room in case your running isn’t on form?
Look at protests and smashing up corporate property.
Good with designing and drawing, writing or creativity?
Take the arts route, look at writing articles, making a zine, designing leaflets or posters perhaps.
The list is endless, but if you focus on something you feel you’re good at, you’re more likely to do it. And everyone is good at SOMETHING.
It’s all about doing your part to get the message of truth out there.
I can’t even begin to type out the list of things that the Hazardous Pioneers have got planned for the next 6 months. But we are aiming big, and you will find out before long!
It may be that time is short for you. Well, you have the same time as everybody else on the planet for one day. That’s 24 hours. It’s how you divide up your time, how you make it, that will determine what you can get done.
You’re less likely to give it up faster. Write something controversial or thought provoking, on a surface somewhere. Stick up a poster or a sticker. Ask that question to your professor in your next lecture.
Getting in to the mindset of Direct Action is often best accomplished via stages at a time, or so I have come to figure from experience. On and off, I started taking methods into my own hands from about the age of 12. And since then, it has become a way of life.
That’s the only way you are going to get something done that you’re happy with, by doing it yourself. And more often than not, we are our worst/best self-critics, so that just keeps pushing us further to achieve a point of happiness for ourselves, if nothing else.
Ok, well, with out further a do, I’d like to showcase some methods of Direct Action that have been inspiring to us, here at HPHQ, and hopefully you will find them inspiring too.
Also, if you come across inspiring stuff, feel free to send us a link via our email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Get ready for the video binge, because unless your name’s ‘Hazardous John’ then you should have today off, (or at least at some point), to sit, chill and watch the vids below …
This first one should moisten the appetite, haha!
Could you get on your local radio or tv station, posing as a corporate spokesperson? And start claiming that you will right your wrongs?
This is a classic…
Do you think you could help organize a flashmob?
Really powerful ways to get messages across to people in a way that they will not forget. Making an anonymous tip to the local newspaper and news crews in your area is a great way to get your message out.
Just watch this space when the Hazardous Pioneers return to England …
Or take on your local fast food monster? Absolutely love this one …
Visuals more your thing?
Of course, instead of branding, you would want to get a message out there…
Interesting Guerilla media strategy towards homelessness in L.A.
Or you fancy getting very direct?
ALF and ELF
So there you have it, just a minute amount of what can be done as a means of ‘Direct Action’.
Yes it requires effort. But the scale of happiness and of accomplishment that you will feel after pulling something off, if done correctly, is pretty much immeasurable.
So get off of your arse and start planning your missions.
Post them in to us via email, whether it’s ideas, videos, press cuttings, whatever, just do something worth while.
‘Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead, where there is no path, and leave a trail.’ – Ralph Waldo Emerson
See you’s on the ‘morrow,
This is what the current HPHQ looks like. Yup, a shithole! ;)