By Kerri Romeo
“For a minute or two she stood looking at the house, and wondering what to do next…”from Alice in Wonderland, Chapter VI
Sometimes the most important thing to do for your mental health in activism is to take a moment to pause. To observe. To watch. Alice’s Wonderland and our political world are becoming more and more strange and nonsensical. When you don’t know what to do…listen.
Alice eavesdrops on two footmen (servants for the royal and the upper class during the Victorian Era) as one (Fish-Footman) extends an invitation to the other (Frog-Footman) from the Queen to the Duchess for a game of croquet.
Do we have footmen (and footwomen) who are serving the corporate aristocracy today? Instead of donning powdered wigs as a symbol of wisdom and a polished uniform to maintain the proper royal image, the modern-day lackey wears perfectly pressed power-suits that project an image of decency. Image outclasses actual honesty in an aristocratic society.
The career politician is counting on image to stay in the game through the good graces of those in power forgetting about the population. So how does the ordinary citizen get in the door?
As Alice knocks on the door, the footman points out the pointlessness of her trying to get in. His job is to admit visitors and he isn’t on the inside to let her in. The noise inside will drown out the sound of her knock anyway.
`Please, then,’ said Alice, `how am I to get in?’
Have you ever contacted a member of congress in an attempt to encourage a change in policy? Was your timid knock heard? Did your questions go unanswered? Are the members of congress who you would expect to let you in standing on the outside looking in with you? Powerless? Voiceless? Do they seem to be focused in the wrong direction? Making decisions that seem in opposition to the civil rights they stood for before?
“But perhaps he can’t help it…” ~ Alice
Did you come to the conclusion some members of congress have left the conversation all together, some will defend their choices to save face (“It’s enough to drive one crazy!” ~ Alice) while others have their hands tied up in mittens because they were given no other choice?
`But what am I to do?’ said Alice.
`Anything you like,’ said the Footman, and began whistling.
What are our options? Do we continue to repeat our questions? Do we knock again?
“Millions of people are giving up on their government because they’re hurting, and we are not responding.”Senator Bernie Sanders
That is an understatement. Read the next installment to find out what Alice chooses to do.
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.