By Victoria Lynn Hall
Recently I retweeted this tweet from journalist, Caitlin Johnstone:
I also retweeted this tweet from writer, Jesse Crall:
Which is true? Do I believe opposing imperialism is the single Most Important Thing to focus on or do I think that nothing matters more in American politics than building up labor against concentrations of wealth & power? My answer is yes to both and more because all the issues are interrelated. As Jesse says, unless a shift in the power balance between labor and the investor class happens, there will be no end to the Military Industrial Complex but Caitlin is right in pointing out that those power structures depend largely on United States Imperialism and that must be exposed. Really, they are attacking the same problem from different angles and this is also a Most Important Thing.
In the words of the late poet, Diane di Prima:
NO ONE WAY WORKS,Revolutionary Letter #8, Revolutionary Letters (1968)
it will take all of us shoving at the thing from all sides
to bring it down.
And isn’t that the spirit of what most social justice movements have been trying to usher in since before di Prima’s revolutionary era – a spirit of community and cooperation versus competition? A way for each of us to be the individuals we are while contributing to the collective good for all? In that spirit doesn’t it make sense that no one person would have possession of the entire solution but that each of us would carry a tiny piece of it, so that by doing our individual parts we accomplish something together as a whole?
Just as every piece in a puzzle is equally important to completing it, more than one individual’s ideas and efforts can be equally essential to creating change.
So that means that opposing imperialism is the Most Important Thing and labor movements are the Most Important Thing and protecting free speech; resisting capitalism; exposing corruption; challenging narratives on and off of social media; community building; mutual aid; protest organizing; taking care of ourselves and each other physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually and so much more are all The Most Important Things, in some combination, for each of us. But it also means that not everything will be important to everyone, that we are all free to “stay in our lane” and follow where our own energy takes us while we supply and receive energy to and from others.
If we want to live a more peaceful existence and create a more just society within a more sustainable world, the Most Important Thing is to know that we all need each other and to see that another’s well being is, as much as our own, the Most Important Thing.
A self taught artist and creative entrepreneur, Victoria Lynn Hall lives in the Kansas City area with 4 spoiled cats. She believes in art and the magic of kindness.