By Kerri Romeo
After the initial excitement of falling into the rabbit hole Alice shrinks and she grows and still she has not managed to enter the garden. She begins to feel stuck, hopeless and alone and even questions who she is, wondering if she is the same from just the day before. Testing her knowledge she comes to find she no longer even knows what she used to know or sounds the way she used to sound. You might expect that if given the opportunity to be freed from the rabbit hole she would be relieved, but instead she reacts with panic at the thought.
“Who am I then? Tell me that first, and then, if I like being that person, I’ll come up: if not, I’ll stay down here till I’m somebody else” (from Alice in Wonderland, Chapter II)
Were you drawn into the political rabbit hole with the hope for change only to find it more confusing and corrupt than you had imagined? Is everything you thought you knew being challenged, if not completely revealed as untrue? Do you find yourself agreeing with those you would normally disagree with and disagreeing with those you would normally agree with? Have you felt like you have changed personally and no longer fit who you were before, but are not quite sure where you fit now? Does this make you vulnerable to conspiracy or more committed to the truth? Are you shrinking or are you growing? Knowing that you could leave the rabbit hole at any time would you feel relieved to do so? Or would you stay?
Over 13 million children live in poverty; the pandemic and the wildfires continue to burn with no end in sight; cops are killing blacks, blacks are shooting cops and we are killing one another literally and figuratively…What’s going on?!
Who are we? Do you like who we have become as a nation? I do not believe the appropriate response to this question is “If you don’t like this country, then leave.” You can love someone and not love their behavior. I believe the appropriate response is to go deeper into the rabbit hole. No matter how violent and self-centered America is right now, we need more people who care, not less. As I stress over what actions to take and feeling powerless, sometimes simply caring is the most honest action to take.
“Big changes in the world begin with small movements in the mind.” ~ Marianne Williamson (from Healing the Soul of America, Chapter 7)
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Kerri is an advocate for the introverted activist. 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.