By Kerri Romeo
“I almost wish I hadn’t gone down that rabbit-hole — and yet — it’s rather curious, you know, this sort of life!”
~ Alice (from Alice in Wonderland)
The White Rabbit sparked Alice’s curiosity and lead to her fall into the rabbit hole and an exploration into an unexpected and unusual Wonderland. What captured your attention and drew your interest into activism and/or into the political rabbit hole?
Instead of a White Rabbit catching my attention it was a White Dove (by the name of Marianne Williamson) and instead of falling down, I felt lifted up. While I was already familiar with her and supported her when she announced she was running for president (just as Alice reflected about her first glimpse of a white rabbit on the bank, “at the time it all seemed quite natural”), it wasn’t until I read her book A Politics of Love: A Handbook for A New American Revolution that I realized how remarkable and important her decision was for our country.
I have voted in every presidential election since that rite-of-passage into adulthood at the age of 18 (which only now am I learning of my own privilege to have access to this right that many still do not today due to direct and indirect methods of voter suppression). I had always believed I supported and lived by America’s founding principles and democracy and weighed the differences between candidates on all the typical talking points as best as I could understand. I believed I was objective and didn’t vote for any particular party, but for the “better” person. I never questioned (until 2016) that we had some pretty lousy choices or that we even could or SHOULD question, well…the entire system! Marianne Williamson sparked that deeper curiosity in me about politics, people and this country’s history and an awareness about what ordinary society was not addressing. Much like Alice had never seen a talking rabbit wearing a waistcoat with a pocket watch before, I had not seen a presidential candidate like Marianne Williamson in my lifetime and I felt this was not a time for sleepy observation. I jumped in, never once considering that I would never see life in America the same again.
…and so began my own adventure into the strange world of politics. In a place where logic and reality do not always seem to exist and adults have forgotten their humanity, the more I tried to make sense of what has been happening around us, the more lost I began to feel. Instead of choosing to return to the ordinary world unchanged (because once you know things, you cannot un-know them) I decided to continue to follow Marianne, the white doves on Twitter (aka conscious citizens) and the rising voices of younger generations further into this American “Wonderland”.
Like Alice’s journey, this has become more than just about understanding a nonsensical society, but a challenge to my own personal identity, how we relate to one another and our environment and a path towards personal transformation that includes connecting with community of all races, religions, genders, generations, classes and political affilations.
“Only if we rethink the world will we be able to re-create it.”
~ Marianne Williamson (from A Politics of Love: A Handbook for a New American Revolution).
Continue to the next installment in The Wonderland Campaign Series: You Can Call Me Alice
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Kerri spends her days as an office administrator for a ballet barre manufacturer and her free time playing frisbee with her dog in NJ. Often at a loss for words in person, she writes to make sense of the world and connect with others. She wishes for more curiosity & kindness in the world.