Against Everything

There’s a lot of things to be angry about in this world don’t get me wrong. As activists working on issues we feel passionate about, it’s easy to lose sight of the big things we want to change by getting distracted by other things. For example the other day a friend made some Irish jokes. I don’t like the labelling of a people, it’s lazy and this serves to make Irish feel negative about themselves and to make the British feel superior.

There are many things like this that annoy me on an everyday basis. But getting angry about everything that I see wrong with the world I feel is a recipe for a mental breakdown and an unhappy life. I want to enjoy life and not be angry all the time, so there’s unfortunately a lot of things that I let slide, for my own sanity.

One of the reasons that I feel activists have not made the difference that they could do is because of this. For an ordinary person without any interest in activism, there is a lot of things that they make do or say that could be wrong. But picking up on everything they say as being wrong just reinforces the “us” and “them” situation… ordinary people will stop wanting to talk to activists if everytime they do, they are made to feel guilty, or inferior. Changing someones opinions and views is a long process, requiring lots of discussions.

Just picking up on a joke that isn’t totally correct will not change someone’s mind. It’s a marathon not a sprint!

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