Sunday, April 26, 2015

SM Johnson ~ Love Letters - Be Awake!



Hello, my darklings. Me 'n Alice have a new topic already, so you see, this whole A to Z meme is working already. I've been pondering the letter B since my last post, and ideas have been brewing and stewing. What is it that I want to tell ya'll about?

So, here it is....

B is for BE AWAKE.

I might have said something last time, when I wrote about activism, about being awake, but I think it's important enough to repeat, because the thing is, it's super easy to get complacent. Our society, capitalist society, and maybe even life in general these days, is exhausting.

We're staring at our phones taking in a constant stream of information (a lot of it is bullshit, a lot of it is pointless, and a lot of it is only one tiny piece of a much larger story), and we're working hard to pay our bills, to get out of debt or stay out of debt, and most of us are treading water and barely staying afloat, if we're even managing that.

So there's this thing called "compassion fatigue" - where we literally are on information overload and we pretty much go mental check-out until we can't care much about strangers, or people of different cultures, or people half the world away. So it starts to be okay if the people whose rights are being violated in Egypt are from Pakistani, or if they're gay, or if they're transgender sex workers, or oh, hell, they're all the way over there in Egypt, so whatever, it's not like it's happening down the street.

Things that are horrid and just an absolute nightmare FOR REALLY REAL HUMAN BEINGS get about ten minutes of media coverage, which isn't sustainable to provoke actual change.

And maybe we close our eyes for a moment and maybe the praying people offer up a prayer, but ultimately, we give up on actually caring because A) we can't do a whole lot from where we sit, and B) we're fucking tired.

Let me tell you several things now:

BEING AWAKE IS HARD.

BEING AWAKE IS UNCOMFORTABLE.

and

BEING AWAKE IS ENERGIZING.

You can sleep through life, but you will feel sick and half-dead pretty much all of the time. 

So figure out what's really important to you, and live it.








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