Wednesday, January 25, 2017

a moment of clarity.


"... it’s important to think about how we phrase and position what’s happening in our minds. Is Meryl Streep the bravest most queen-like woman in Hollywood for her speech, or is she just doing what every single one of us with a platform (this site included) should be doing in dark times? Are federal employees who disobey a gag order on basic science “going rogue,” or are they taking principled stands for the good of the public and the republic when their bosses are the ones caving to a rogue government?

The idea of “going rogue,” or even being the biggest badass ever, implies that the norm should be to follow dangerous rules. Instead, we need to make standing up, being spunky, and maybe even incurring risk into our concept of the “normal” and preferred set of behaviors. Obviously this is easier said than done, but our language is a good place to start. So is our mindset. We can’t just praise the Badlands tweeters, awesome as they are; we may soon have to be them, especially as threatened policies like anti-immigrant executive orders and pipeline orders come and begin to affect our communities.

We have to ask the question: if we received a gag order in some aspect of our life, would we defy it to share the truth? And if not, how can we shore up our own courage?"

FLAVORWIRE: “Rogue” Tweets Aren’t Really Rogue; They’re a Model for All of Us

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