Mar. 13th, 2017

lagilman: (dissent)
What frustrates me about too much of the world (and specifically the American populace, since that's what I'm dealing with) is that there are SO MANY ways to get involved in the world, to try and change things for the better, and yet people are still "well, I'm upset, but I'll post about it, or make a comment somewhere else, and that's enough."

No, it really isn't.

Change isn't a passive event.

"Oh, but doing X would cause problems, it's difficult, it's inconvenient."

Dog knows, I've been guilty of that myself, more than once.

Yeah, shit's annoying, it's inconvenient, it's scheduled at a bad time, or it causes traffic jams. 

Protest is supposed to be disruptive, and upsetting. It's meant to force everyone out of passive acceptance and drive us to ask "what is this anger about? How can we fix it, so there's less anger "- and so they will stop being inconvenient, yes. 

And yes that means forcing ourselves to act, not just the people who haven't thought about it before, or were standing in opposition.  Good intentions and righteous anger don't do shit on their own.


/vent

And I was originally going to make this a private post, but you know what?  No.  I feel like yelling this from my porch.



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