Packnett, the fashion designer and leader in the police reform campaign, once gave an impassioned presentation on making change in a digital era.
The definition she offered for the word protest was:
The act of telling the truth out loud in public.
It’s an inclusive reminder that each of us can take a stand in whatever way suits us. Because if it moves the issue forward, it’s a successful protest. Even if we do so through clothing, not picket signs and petitions.
Personally, making things has always been the most natural way for me to engage with the world. From art to businesses to communities, each of my projects have been a creative history of stands taken. They allow me to engage with the world and afford me the opportunity to contribute in a way that makes me feel like a responsible citizen of the earth.
The question, then, is not whether protesting is a waste of our time and energy, but rather, what form of protesting would be the most meaningful use of our time and energy?
If our goal truly is to leave this cosmic campsite better than we found it, then we all have a responsibly use our unique talents to tell the truth out loud in public.
Hamlet famously have suspected that the lady doth protest too much. But methinks the issue is not one of volume, but variety.
There are as many ways to protest as there are protesters.
LET ME ASK YA THIS…
How are you expressing each of your gifts to make a difference in all parts of yours and other people’s lives?
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