I’ve been taking a few days off to decompress. As a human being, I experience depression, self-doubt and a nagging question whether I’m making any real difference. As of today, I’ve amassed zero donations, a handful of “likes” and not one mention outside Green Party channels.
Moreover, I look around at the people I sincerely wish to help survive, and I see rampant bigotry, ignorance, aggression, and that persistent fantasy that God will rescue the “right people” from the natural consequences of their actions (spoiler alert: he won’t).
Why does one do this? Why does one subject him/herself to ridicule and demonizing (to the extent one’s noticed at all)? Why does a person seek an office wherein s/he will be scrutinized, lampooned, blamed for every problem in the universe and even shot at; but far more likely will be completely ignored? Why not just head to the middle of nowhere, kick back with a cold drink and laugh while it all burns down?
The answer is simple: I do this because somebody has to. And not everyone can.
There is still beauty in this world and it’s worth saving. There is still goodness in humanity and it’s worth nurturing. There is still some reason to hope, and it’s worth fighting for.
Let ’em laugh. Call me crazy, or delusional. Say I’m wasting my time. I will not be counted among the cowards who never even tried.
Thanks for listening.