Notes to My Activist Self

Banksy, “Flower Thrower”
  • Public attention is a means not a goal.
  • Spend more time engaging your opponents.
  • Read what you disagree with.
  • Stop being extreme and exclusive while advocating for tolerance and diversity.
  • Don’t take part in an angry mob. Take part in a movement that channels your anger into something productive.
  • Make your ego a vehicle for your cause. Do not make your cause a vehicle for your ego.
  • Communicate in a language that people use in their day to day life.
  • Admit your mistakes. Embrace your vulnerabilities and weaknesses.
  • It’s biologically rewarding when you dehumanize your opponents. They like doing that too.
  • “Don’t do unto others what you don’t want done unto you.” ~ Confucius
  • If you want someone to act hostile towards your cause; insult them and mock what they stand for!
  • Cops are not bastards. Activists are not angels. We are all complex humans. Focus your energy on fixing systems not judging people.
  • Conservatives need liberals for progress. Liberals need conservatives for stability.
  • Revolutionaries need reformers who act within the social bounds to push for positive change.
  • Those who speak on behalf of a cause could harm it the most. Keep your mouth shut until you have something useful to say.
  • 99% of conspiracy theories are false.
    Hint: You will never find the 1% where you expect them to be.
  • Stop believing falsehoods that confirm your biases while condemning your opponents for lying.
  • The more you are emotionally invested, the less likely you will be rational.
  • Question authority.
    P.S.: You are an authority.
  • “Be careful when you fight the monsters, lest you become one.” Friedrich Nietzsche
  • Attention is a scarce resource of modern times. Dignity and compassion is even scarcer.
  • Forgive yourself when you don’t meet your highest standards but give yourself a lot of shit for it.

A curious Egyptian

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