Renowned radio talk show host Michael Baisden gave us all something to think about last week when he said “Most of the problems in life are for two reasons: we act without thinking or we keep thinking without acting.” Both strategies yield a myriad of consequences that tend to be either fruitless and/or disastrous. We all have struggles in life and if you are one who claims immunity to struggle I submit that you are either in a state of denial or oblivion. There are struggles large and small, hospital personal, communal and global and if we opt out of that most basic component of human existence, we also opt out of our responsibility and connection to the universal human experience. We are pelted from every side by issues and the current state of the world in which we live. All of the isms
, racism, classism, sexism, ageism and all of the phobias to o keep many people paralyzed with fear, shame, guilt or simply overwhelmed by imagining themselves too small or insignificant to make a difference or effect any change whatsoever over their circumstances or the circumstances of those around them.
Unfortunately, standing still and hoping for the best will generally leave you stuck in the same place without any remedy or rescue. Without the intentional active engagement in the struggle for freedom and justice in this nation I shudder to think where we might be right now. It is because individuals and organized collectives of people came together in solidarity to engage in the struggle against injustice, inequality and economic disparity, that the US Civil Rights Movement was birthed and inspired people all over the world to participate in the struggle for basic human dignity, justice and freedom. As we begin this New Year, the struggle for equality, equity and justice has never been clearer
, I exhort you to stop allowing others to do the work for you. No one can do the work that you are supposed to do! We need all hands on deck! Get in where you fit in! Everyone cannot do everything or engage everywhere. You may be most affected by economic disparity and unfair labor practices, or the prison industrial complex and legislative and judicial bias, gender-based violence and reproductive freedom, marriage equality, the military industrial complex, and the inequity of our education systems or so many other social issues. Whatever is engaging your consciousness ACT and stop thinking about Acting. While you are consciously recognizing the issue or issues get up and do something or find others who are doing something about it and connect with them. As we say in The Conciliation Project, “Consciousness is Temporary.” If you don’t act while you are conscious you will quickly revert back to the inactivity of doing what you’ve always done. Nothing. Come on people we’re all in this boat together and we need everybody rowing or we will never get there! The struggle continues whether you are awake or asleep , so WAKE UP and help us out!
Up Next Week: History: what have we learned?