The news are filled with information about politicians trampling over our human rights, looking out for the immediate payback instead of worrying about the planets survival, etc. The news are also filled with activist getting louder every day as it should, but it can be very intimidating for someone who wants to get involved, but may not be able to do grand political gestures yet.
I have participated in marches, but can’t be at all of them, due to chronic illness (there are times when I can barely walk at all), being a mother (not everyone is ready to bring little ones in big crowds), distance & money to get there, etc. Sometimes I cheer my friends on.
“We don’t have to engage in grand, heroic actions to participate in the process of change. Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.” – Howard Zinn
Most times, it’s the small things that count the most. Those little things that seem insignificant actually have a unilateral power of their own and when added together with others, the resultant power is far sustainable and further reaching compared to most great feat of accomplishment.
Therefore, activists should not be critiquing how and when folks are choosing to be involved.The entire point of activism is making this world more inclusive and ethical. Activism is about representing everyone and being strong together.
If as an activist you pick and chose who is good enough for this battle, you will soon find no one beside you.
“Those who live for one another learn that love is the bond of perfect unity.” – Fools Crow, Lakota Sioux.
The truth is that you do not need to do grand gestures, all we need is tiny steps in the right direction. If everyone would do a small thing to help the environment or protect our human rights, it would help greatly.
It simple really, activism can be as simple as when you hear someone say something racist, speak up. Refusing to tolerate bigotry everywhere. Online and in life, personally or professionally means opposing intolerance wherever we see it. Social shame is a powerful tool. Stand up for others, even if you don’t know them. You might save a life, or keep someone from becoming cynical or hateful.
“If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.” – Martin Luther King Jr.