Know where you stand. I want you to take a pen and paper and write down your values. What are the things that are absolutely not acceptable to you in your life, in your town, in your state (province), in your country, in your world. Some of it will come easily, some will take longer, some you probably can’t articulate yet. Then I want you to put that piece of paper up somewhere you are going to see it on a regular basis. It’s now your barometer for the world. This is how you fight normalization and news fatigue and the everyday grind. Because you will know when you, your family, the government has crossed that line. You’ll know it’s time to act. You’ll be aware.
Change doesn’t usually come as a big thing. It comes with the little things. It comes with the ‘it won’t be so bad’. It comes with the ‘if we impeach Trump then we’ll have Pence and it won’t suck as much.’ Except Pence is a dominionist, anti-abortion, wanted to elimate oversight on mortgage relief programs, doesn’t want to protection based on sexual orientation, voted for a ban on same-sex marriage, is against affirmative action, voted for tax breaks of 140 billion dollars for large corporations, is for expanding prisons, doesn’t want to enforce laws on hate crimes, voted against school funding, is anti-public education, wants to expand oil refineries, is against public transportation, wants to defund the UN, wants to destabilize Pakistan, wants to force photo IDs in federal elections, wants to deauthorize Obamacare.
So please, be careful about what your boundaries are. Know them. Write them down so you have a place to stand later when you are caught in the rush.