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Translation: Régine Paradis

Could it be that a simple three-letter word can change the course of history? That a simple three-letter word can stand against mighty armies, can give the final KO to the most Machiavellian machinations, a word that, once uttered and affirmed, can change the trajectory of an entire society? And what is more, if this word is pronounced by a single person, in a context that is not favorable to her/him?

We get all the answers to these questions with this moment of history: “On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks, an African-American woman, was arrested for violating an Alabama law requiring African-American passengers to give up their seats to white passengers when the bus was full.”(1) One woman, alone, dared to say NO! This NO created a veritable tsunami in American society, her arrest was followed by a 381-day boycott of Montgomery buses, and the various protest actions culminate: “On November 13, 1956, a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court declares Alabama’s segregation law unconstitutional and thus bans segregation on public transportation.”(1)

This is the power of the NO in a single historical fact, which shows that each of us can change things, fight injustice, and remove from our thoughts that we alone are powerless to do anything: “I would like to hear you say ‘I can do anything‘ and not ‘I can’t, I’m not capable, it’s too hard‘. Yes! You can if you so wish!”(2) Standing up, saying NO, is first a decision! Rosa Parks made the decision to say NO, and she went from thinking to speaking to acting!

The state of California will celebrate Rosa Parks Day on February 4, while the states of Ohio and Oregon will celebrate the date of her arrest on December 1. The actions of Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King have done much for the cause of people of color in the United States and around the world, but nothing can be taken for granted; vigilance is required to ensure that we do not backslide, so that every human being can have a place in the sun, regardless of race or religion: “All human beings must have equal rights and opportunities at birth, whatever race they may be.”(3)

More than ever we need people to stand up and say NO! Faced with the restrictions of freedoms that are becoming heavier and heavier all over the world, under the pretext of a virus that is very convenient for politicians who want to impose their agenda and their system on the population, it becomes obvious that the real problem is them, the politicians! “Politicians are the cancer of humanity, let’s get rid of all politicians! There is only one possible future for humanity: a unified world, without money, without armies, without politicians. And then this planet can be a paradise, where everyone can travel without a passport, without a visa, and where human rights are finally respected.”(4)

“… a world without passports, without visas, and where human rights are finally respected…” It is clear that it is not in the “philosophy” of the current politicians to go in this direction, quite the contrary! It is clear that we will not have the choice to stand up, to be more and more numerous to say NO! A NO that will give way to a YES to life, YES to brotherhood, YES to love!


Jean Riendeau
Columnist for the Raelian Movement

(2) Rael – The Maitreya, p. 72
(3) Rael – Intelligent Design, Message from the Designers, p. 205
(4) Rael – Contact 373