There’s a famous Zen Buddhist quote: “Before enlightenment, chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment, chop wood, carry water.”
The day after the Mueller Report dropped seems like a good time to meditate upon it.
The Mueller Report is not going to “save” us – it never was.
The day before it dropped, what do we in #TheResistance do? Chop wood, carry water.
The day after it dropped, what should we do? Chop wood, carry water.
THERE’S NO MAGIC POTION THAT’S GOING TO SET EVERYTHING RIGHT.
Sorry to be the bearer of bad tidings.
There’s a saying on black Twitter: Come and get your people.
It’s often used to refer to white folks, and it means: Come get your granny, who’s been red-pilled by Fox News and propaganda being spread on Facebook. Come get your racist Uncle Fred. Come get your Trump-supporting parents, and your white supremacist brother.
Beloveds, if they were gettable, they’ve would’ve been got by now. I’ve tried. Many of us have tried. For MANY long, weary years.
There is NOTHING in the Mueller Report that will persuade them. There is nothing that would have possibly persuaded them. They’ve been with Trump from “Mexicans are rapists” through “many fine Nazis” to putting babies in cages. He could lay out an American flag on the floor of the Lincoln Memorial, take a shit on it, and wipe his ass with the original Constitution, stolen out of the National Archives, and they’d get tattoos of the image.
So we return to chopping wood and carrying water.
What does that look like in practice?
- Registering people to vote. (Not sure how to do that? The League of Women Voters has all the information you need.)
- Writing postcards to voters. (I know there are no active elections right this second, but there are ALWAYS issues you can write about. Postcards To Voters knows what they are and will set you up.)
- Getting involved in local politics. National politics is the spectacle, but what happens in your city council or county government has an exponentially larger impact on your day to day life. Take 50% of the energy you’ve been devoting to obsessively refreshing Twitter and bitching about TrumPutin on Facebook and redirect it to learning about what’s happening in your town or city and getting involved. Get to know your local reps and issues and make your voice heard. They will actually listen to you and you may be able to change their minds – or at least their votes.
- Volunteering in your community. Find an issue you care deeply about – hunger, homelessness, literacy, education, local wildlife, the nearest body of water, the arts, domestic violence, anti-racism – contact a LOCAL organization that’s involved in that issue, and ask how you can help.
- Thinking globally but donating locally. $100 to Greenpeace isn’t even a drop in the bucket of their next direct mail campaign. $100 to your local food bank will feed 250 of your neighbors who are experiencing food insecurity.
Like I said, chop wood, carry water. Today and all the days.
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