Things That Are Not Working….

Damn.
Damn.

A partial list:

  • Becoming outraged
  • Sharing one’s outrage on social media
  • Screaming into the wind
  • Being all like, “I KNOW!!!” when someone else expresses outrage
  • Reading about all the ways people have become outraged
  • Sharing articles about all the ways people have become outraged
  • Watching TV until you throw up
  • Surfing the internets (which I think are a series of tubes) until you pass out
  • Refusing to pay attention
  • Going with the flow
  • Waiting for somebody else to fix it

Things That May Not Actually Be Working — at least in the short term — But Have The Potential To Work If We Have Faith

A partial list:

  • Reading enough news to stay informed, but not so much that you freak out
  • Avoiding self-reinforcing social media
  • Refusing to see “the humor” in any of this; it is not funny; it is dead serious
  • Trying to set aside your presumptions about “the other side,” because both sides will have to come together (or at least work together) to fix this
  • Considering the possibility that you could be wrong — or at least not entirely correct — about some things…or about a lot of things
  • Cultivating compassion and practicing good citizenship: remembering that you are a “brand ambassador” for your side, and taking pains to represent the brand as well as you can — especially to the other side; do not condescend; do not be a jerk
  • Engaging people, but mostly listening to people so we can be ready when the time comes for us to work together
  • Practicing what you preach — something many liberals are notoriously bad at; being nice to people who already are your friends doesn’t count
  • Contributing positivity; rightly or wrongly, we have a lot to overcome and it doesn’t matter whose damn fault it is; keep your eyes on the prize
  • Finding joy where you can, even if you have to manufacture it
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3 thoughts on “Things That Are Not Working….

  1. Hi —

    I really appreciate this list, and would love to share to Facebook, with proper attribution. What do you think? If you’d rather, I can quote from it and direct folks to the blog.

    Thanks and cheers,

    .A

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