We need to use our voice now.
It is crucial that our generation realizes the moment we are in. This is not the Hunger Games book that you can put down and go watch TV, have dinner, and know that when you get back, the author will reward with happy endings.
We are our own authors, and if we do not contribute time, energy, encouragement, and faith, in our vision of creation, we will fail.
If will fail miserably, we will look back on our past actions, and it will by a tenfold be our inactions that resonates louder.
I don’t mean to put too much pressure – because god knows our lives have been nothing but graduate, do well, make money, be somebody, prove yourself, all our lives, and I know how stressful it feels when you really are trying.
I don’t want to be another voice yelling at you to do better.
Out of great destruction comes potential for great innovation. We have the opportunity *right now* to create the type of nation we want. Imagine being 80 and alive, and your friends still alive, and the planet still alive, and feeling proud of what you did when you were in your early 20’s (or 30’s, or 40’s).
We’ve got to focus on using specific words when talking about specific things.
“My silences had not protected me. Your silence will not protect you. But for every real word spoken, for every attempt I had ever made to speak those truths for which I am still seeking, I had made contact with other women while we examined the words to fit a world in which we all believed, bridging our differences.” – Audre Lorde, The Cancer Journals
And so we cannot dance around the sexist moment that happened at work and refer to it as “super creepy” while telling our friends. What’s sexist is sexist, what’s racist is racist, what’s fatphobic is fatphobic, what’s oppressive is oppressive.
We need to practice naming our oppressions, because if we don’t, this era will have us living in a world of “alternative facts” and we won’t be comfortable enough with rolling real facts around on our tongues to speak out against propaganda.
I am trying to encourage you, to tell you that, now is the time to grow into an adult. We have succeeded, we are still alive. We are still fighting every day to hold on to our mental health, and we are still here. We are strong, and we have grown up in this world, together.
If we make a committed decision to step into the role that is opening up to us, we can make a difference. It is possible, with faith and courageous action. We are not eighteen year olds anymore, and we are running out of excuses as the nation’s leaders actually tear things apart.
Make a change in your life so that you have room for action against that one thing that really pisses you off.
This article is for people who are paying attention, obviously. And that’s good – but what good is your knowledge if it does not help stop the spread of hate?