Notes to My Activist Self
- 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.