But sometimes, standing for social justice can mean listening. Truly listening. Be open to anyone who does not wish you harm. American politics is so deeply tribal now that a common response is to demonize the other side. I won’t ask you to never demonize a person with an opposing view because, quite frankly, some views deserve to be demonized. But don’t make demonization your first option. Listen first. Hear what is being said. Engage with it. Gauge it. Then form your opinion. To stand for social justice is, in many cases, to be uncomfortable. Please, be willing to be uncomfortable. You might squirm a bit. You should squirm a bit, because nobody really enjoys being uncomfortable. But be uncomfortable. Discomfort can breed resilience. Discomfort can open up new understanding and meaning and knowledge. Standing for social justice is not without consequences. And there are worse consequences than being uncomfortable.
~ Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie b. 1977 Nigeria, Author Commencement Address, Williams College 2017
Historical Age, American Era 1950-1975 ; Astrological Age, Age of Pisces 1 AD – 2000 ; Sun Sign, Virgo