By Sydney McDevitt
In an article titled “Political Paraylsis,” Danusha Veronica Goska writes, “When we study the biographies of our heroes, we learn that they spent year in preparation doing tiny, decent things before one historical
moment propelled them to center stage.”
The past year of the Trump Administration has been exhausting. It seems like every day there is something else to be outraged about; there is something else that requires our resistance to the destruction of our political and societal norms. It would be easy in this world we now live in to throw up our hands, say there is nothing we can do, and simply get on with our lives. However, this is a position of privilege we cannot afford to take.
To say that we are going to be okay if we just get on with our lives and not pay attention to national politics is to ignore the life altering effects a presidency that lacks compassion can have on those living without privilege. It is of the highest hubris for white people to tell people of color they will be fine, Christians to tell Muslims their lives will go on, cisgender people to tell members of the trans community their world will not change. While the lives of people in positions of privilege may not be greatly altered over the course of these four years, it does not mean no one will be affected.
Despite this, it is hard to keep going. Everyday has demanded a new fight from us. From the Women’s March on day one, to contacting our members of congress to save the Affordable Care Act. Even to the national discourse we are currently going through on sexual assault and harassment in the workplace, how do we continue this fight for three more years?
The answer is simple: do the tiny, decent things. We do not have to join in every march or get mad at every ignorant thing the President tweets. What we do need to do is take care of each other. In an administration that seems to lack the basic decency to be compassionate towards the people it represents, it is dire we show compassion for each other.
Lift up the people around you who feel discouraged. Make sure your own friends and family are doing okay. Do the act of kindness that is going to change the day of the stranger you pass by. Then when you’re ready, jump back into the marches, the calling, the discourse. Last Monday we celebrated Martin Luther King Jr, who told us, “If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run the walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”
We can keep moving by bearing down on our values, by not allowing ourselves to become so overwhelmed by the current moment that we shutdown completely and allow the nonsense to continue unchecked. We can do the tiny decent things that one day will propel us to change the world.
This is the opinion of Sydney McDevitt, CSB senior