December 03, 2018
If not us, who?
If not now, when?
There is so much going on, so many causes that need to be addressed, and too many battles and wars to be won. Asking for the “impossible” and demanding for change, and to be heard takes far more energy than one person has to give. But to give is an honor and gift for the generations that makes the tears, stress, and fight worth it. Knowing when to step up and stand down is detrimental to one’s health and well being.
Being an activist and organizer takes a different kind of patience, heart, will power, and mindset. Our role is to be part change agent and ambassador for the causes we fight for. When you are dedicated to being an activist and fighting for equity, equality, and a better future one has to ask the tough questions, and more times than not, be the answer.
There are a hand full of quotes that have shaped my way of thinking about the issues. As of late there has been one that has been plaguing my thoughts, “If not us, who? If not now, when?” I could create an extra long dialogue about my interpretation of what my answer would be, but that would take the fun out of challenging others to seek answers for themselves. What I will say is that when you choose to do nothing and you wait for someone else to take action you are enabling injustice and peddling status quo. Where is the lie?