In the past few weeks, you could be forgiven for thinking society was unraveling. Fires, protests, abuses. It can seem terrifying.
But the thing is, this isn’t society collapsing: it’s society changing. And where there is change, there is discomfort and even pain. But there is opportunity. And where there is opportunity, there is hope.
Write elected officials. The more local, the better. Sure, your senators might not listen but you’d be amazed at how responsive a governor can be. A state representative. A mayor. School board. The closer to the ground, the more effect it can have. And if you don’t think writing the school board will have an effect, remember they decide what kids learn and how they learn it. Telling them to use good text books instead of shoddy ones can make a huge difference right there.
That’s another trick to it all: try to be specific. Writing and saying ‘this needs to change’ is good. Excellent, even. But if you can say ‘vote for House Bill 123’, it can be a lot clearer. And a lot more effective. Because you aren’t just telling them what to do, you are telling them how you are measuring their effectiveness and responsiveness.
It’s a scary time, yes. But there’s cause to be hopeful.