Moving From Shock and Despair into Galvanization

By Alex S. Morgan (June 27, 2018)

I come from a long line of stubborn fighters. It’s coming time for some ancestor magic.

We are not helpless.

In the here and now, we have ties to the past and the future. We have not only the force of our own will, but that of generations behind us. We have not only the light of our own hope, but duty to the future before us, to those who will come after us.

Hold the line.

You are not alone. Keep resisting. Keep pushing back. Every inch you make them fight for matters.

Slowing this down matters. Making them expend resources working for it matters. Taking control of the story, showing them for the inhumane fascists they are, matters and gains us support.

No, we aren’t winning yet. But the longer we hold out, the more fiercely we fight, the less they have to rule with.

Yes, our losses are significant and real, and every day it seems we’re threatened with new ones.

This is not going to be easy. We already have a lot to come back from. But it is NOT yet hopeless.

Do what you need to do to be safe and well. But let a part of that care be reminding yourself that you are not powerless in the face of this creeping dread. Let a part of that care be for your future self; rest when you need to, trust that we all work in shifts, and when you can, push back from where you can with what you have.

Support others who resist. Love fiercely. Live well.

When we survive this, we will have a future to build, and a chance to replace broken machinery with new dreams.

Let’s make sure there are as many of us as possible to see that happen.

Take heart. You are not alone in this.


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