The right is in the ascendancy currently in the English speaking Western World with right wing Governments in the US, the UK, Australia and New Zealand. What is a good progressive meant to do?
I read this passionate suggestion on a talented friend’s Facebook page and thought it should be shared.
Okay, NZ. Tonight, we mourn. Tomorrow we GET OUR SHIT TOGETHER. Enough hand wringing. Enough hating on America. Enough yelling about forgotten classes and middle class smugness and all that. Tomorrow we look at what each and every single one of us can do and we get out there and we do it.
I couldn’t be more serious. Think global, act local. We have problems here, let’s fix them. To a certain extent it doesn’t matter who is in power, in that so much of the shit I see has been perpetuated by successive governments from both ends of the spectrum. If you think much will change the *fundamental* issue, which is that humans have become fearful, tribal, easily able to turn a blind eye, well – politicians won’t do that much if we don’t show them the way.
Be decent, kind, respectful. Get to know your neighbour and build your community. Volunteer. Join a union. Help at a food bank. Get involved in a cause you believe in. Know the names of the kids on your street.
It’s like we said: we don’t just need a change of government. We need a change of heart. Somewhere, we lost our purpose. Let’s find it. Because we need it more than ever.”
In the immortal words of Helen Kelly, don’t mourn organise.