Being an activist is when you practice what you believe in, when you walk the talk of any “cause” that can contribute to the evolution of humanity and in that, you lead by example. It does not need to be big, it does not need to make the headlines, it has to impact people and the environment around you. To quote a great speech, start by doing your bed in the morning. I also like to say: start from your own garden.
Thank you Marzia. Your words resonate with me. They give a broader definition to activism.
That’s exactly the point: a definition rather than a label. Maybe a philosophical discussion for some, but I see the practicalities of it!
Yes, but I think the above is a bit too broad. What do you think of this definition?
Loving this definition @lewolfe Thanks for shariNg. It makes me feel like activism is a fuel / a fire from within that makes you alive!
@Emma Meheust Yay! Glad you like it. Are you familiar at all with Eve Ensler? If not, highly recommend her essays and writing.
Maybe that this "internal moral engine" is coupled with a very small hint of superiority. History gives us endless examples of people who started movements driven by a just cause and ended up be megalomaniacal tyrants.
Who has been an activist amongst us and would be keen to share how the experience has been to them ?
At a time that seems now so far away I was an activist then I sold out...now I am reconsidering the concept. I think at a certain age it's easy to channel your energy for what you perceive as a just cause and then life happens.
Thanks a lot for sharing Sam. I am now curious to ask if disillusionment was involved in your decision to stop your action ?
I moved to Europe and embraced individualism, but on a more serious point the disillusionment certainly had something to do with it though I call it life rather
If you mean arriviste as in Pushy in French then maybe, but how do you differentiate if the cause is just?
I’d say if your action serves the cause instead of serving you, then you are an activist. And if your actions and resilience are positively contributing to improvement, then your activism is worth and meaningful.
@Paolo Rovelli how would you describe activism?