No matter how cynical you get, it is impossible to keep up.
– Lily Tomlin
I do tend to give up too easily. I get so frustrated with… well, everything. Jeeze, read the history of the 20th century and ask yourself how people can do such things to eachother. But the assumptions that support these behaviors are so ingrained, that change seems impossible. It’s easier just to give up.
But you know, that speech, it reminded me that things have been worse, and they changed. People marched, fought overwhelming odds, and even died for things we now take for granted – the right to vote (for most of us); weekends and evenings, waking hours spent not-at-work; equal justice under laws that had to be rewritten to reflect an ever-expanding definition of “human.” Even when the other side held all the cards, people brought about change. We can do it again. I’d forgotten to hope, but now I am reminded.
Song du jour of the day: Yes We Can, by Barack Obama, Will.I.Am, Scarlett Johansson, and lots of other people. Lots of people.