Advocate, Educator, Human
Après nous, le déluge
“Never give in–never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.” – Winston Churchill
Although rampant individualism and apathy resulting from alienation surely play their part, the true culprit is despair. When we no longer can see how we fit into the pattern, we begin to feel that the project as a whole lacks meaning, and Hopelessness waits to cradle us in his arms. We retreat. We become hardened individualists. And we cling to indifference to shield our fragile egos from what feels like inevitable defeat.
It’s not that we can no longer connect with our brethren. It’s not that we no longer care. It’s that we sense our relationship to the polity is so tenuous that it is effectively meaningless. Accordingly, we dismiss what makes us human and devolve into a complacent state of wormhood.
One person alone can’t effect change. What is the worth of one vote? One vote is worth one vote, no doubt about it. In our current state of desolation, we must recognize there are only two paths: regress or progress.
To regress is to severe oneself completely from the social body and to surrender to hopelessness. To progress is to have a resurgence of faith that our collective efforts bestow the pattern of the social fabric with meaning. Thus, it is with a leap of faith that we cross the divide.
What will we find when we arrive on the other side? Will we find despair here as well? No, we find tenacious spirits driven by fiery willpower and determination. We find bravery and self-sacrifice. We find brotherhood, and we find ourselves. We find truth, meaning, and finally peace.
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Director Right2Remove/Giant killer/Folk HeroA romantic at heart but pragmatist by nature, I was always obsessed with questions regarding the “real-world” applicability of the liberal arts. My affiliation with The Center for Ray Bradbury Studies and Frederick Douglass Papers at the Institute for American Thought in Indianapolis helped to provide that answer. Over the course of years, I bolstered the foundational skill set that I’d earned in graduate school by focusing my efforts on careers in teaching and publishing. In life, change is the only constant. My sails billowed with the winds of change, and I succumbed to the siren call of progressive politics. The new question that had come to drive my interest was raised by the Roman poet Juvenal when he asked, “Who watches the watchmen?” As a privacy and criminal justice advocate, I can now proudly say—my friends and I do.