Day 4: Find, or make, community to sustain your activism, your heart, your well-being. The world is overwhelming, violence is overwhelming, hatred and suffering are overwhelming. Find artists who speak to you, who rile you up in the right ways, who affirm your sense that justice and respect are indeed the values of your heart. Keep an eye out for others who are silent but might be ready to speak. Check in with a friend, join a group, attend an event, have a conversation. Do not expect that you, isolated, can form a solitary outpost against the entire weight of centuries of oppression. Find allies, comrades, co-conspirators against injustice. Don’t go alone.
At yesterday’s event at MIT, we closed with words from Associate Dean DiOnetta Jones Crayton. She quoted a poem by Marianne Williamson: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.” Imagine what responsibility, what obligation, would come with this power! Yet it IS this obligation that falls to us. For this we must prepare ourselves. The time is now.