Don’t hide your tears. Don’t try to stop them.
Let them flow out so we can move forward unburdened.
Stronger for having made it through the night.
More clear eyed now that we have heard the call for our own hands.
Driven with purpose to create a stronger, more compassionate culture than this country has ever known before.
Emboldened by faith in our values, each other, ourselves.
Let the tears fall, as they water the ground for the fruits of tomorrow.
Are you ready for revolution yet? Not a revolution where we take up arms, and not a revolution against any other person or movement. It’s a revolution for compassion, for feeling a greater responsibility to our communities, for living the love we have for our people.
Here’s how it’s going to work.
First we realize that our energy is a tool that has the most power working directly with problems and government on the local level. Enough already of the catharsis and air horns of national politics. We’re bigger than all this. Let the values of the People rise from the dirt of our own neighborhoods and carry our government to its rightful place as the actualized ideals of our Founders, and of our Gods.
We take the values of Bernie. Of Ghandi. Of MLK. Of Jesus. Of Bob Marley. Of the prophets in each other. Of our best and most pure spirits — and we use our energy, collectively and individually, to enact those values in technicolor as close to our front doors as possible.
This, my brothers and sisters, is the movement’s moment of rebirth.
Carve out a little piece of your despair to let hope in, and let the hope take the shape of your answer to this question:
What do I see about our country that feels most wrong, and what can I do in my town to help make it better?
America is how we use our energy every day. Forget the president. Forget Congress. Forget the CEOs. Forget the 1%. I care about you, and I know you care about me, and we care about each other.
Roll up your sleeves. The revolution is going to happen right outside your window.
I have seen how hard it is to be politically active with kids, but why have kids if not to leave them something better, and something better won’t happen without you.
Bring them. Show them. Teach them as you learn.
I have seen how hard it is to balance being politically active without feeling like one is risking their career. Remember, many of the great causes are essentially apolitical: hunger, domestic violence, public education, public transportation, local environmental preservation. No matter who you work for, the leadership of your employer believes in some causes, too. Find where you align with them, and push forward with confidence.
This is the moment where, as a generation, we ask ourselves who we are, and then we prove who we are through deeds on a daily basis. I encourage everyone to stay up-to-date with any many causes as you can, but to most deeply focus on just one at a time. Get as educated as possible. Engage in direct, get-your-hands-dirty activism. Learn how local, state, and federal policy can evolve to make the issue better, and then preach about it until the change has become real.
The long-term demographic trends still point decidedly to more peaceful, compassionate, and forward-thinking generations. Our greatest glory has yet to be found, but I can still see it flickering in the distance through the trees.
“You shall be a blessing,” the Bible teaches us. “Do not be afraid, but let your hands be strong.”