An embarassment of riches

When you are cursing the evils of humanity, remember that you are angry because there are many humans you value and care for who are hurting. If you truly believed people were all bad you could just shrug and say we deserved all the injustices we face.

When you judge someone frivolous for petty complaints, remember that it is better to bitch about the little things while working to help fix serious problems then to rant about the tragedy of human suffering and do nothing to address it. We all have our defense mechanisms, and they can be what saves your sanity when shit hits the fan.

When you are angry and afraid, use it to your advantage. Anger can be bravery, fear can turn into motivation.

When you are waiting for a hero, remember that if we all woke up every day and tried to be the people we wanted to be when we grew up that heroes would not be necessary. Everything you do changes the world a tiny bit. How many ordinary people committed to daily acts of heroism would it take to change it a lot?

Speaking of kind acts, there is a wonderful organization called Books Behind Bars that provides books to people in prison. The way it works is that people write letters requesting books and then volunteers look through the donated materials and try to fill the request. I was trying to hunt down a book when I got a text asking me a question about the upcoming anarchist book fair in town. Suddenly it clicked. A gathering of people who love books and hate prisons! A perfect place to have a book drive. I was thinking maybe I’d end up with a few boxes, but instead (with 4 days to go until the actual book fair) I am already getting offers of hundreds of books from friends and acquaintances. I have a growing pile stashed in my bedroom that covers a third of the floor. A lot of the time these efforts to get people behind a common goal feel painfully slow to organize, but this is an awesome example of how a lot of people doing small things can have a massive effect, especially if your friends are as fantastic as mine. 🙂 I am overwhelmed and inspired by it all.

Kali

I am prone to both violently rejecting people taking me seriously, and insisting that I have serious things to talk about. I also enjoy silly hats, puppets, and protesting the evils of capitalism while drinking massive amounts of fair trade coffee.

A guest blogger position you say? PERFECT!