“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.” – Marianne WilliamsonTweet
By Victoria Lynn Hall
I said to someone recently that our society tends to see stoicism as strength and this doesn’t make sense to me. Where is the strength in pretending everything is okay when it isn’t? Where is the courage in denying the pain that you are feeling and thus denying the wisdom it may have for you? What is powerful about continuing to endure the discomfort of something that isn’t working rather than go through the discomfort of loss and change?
I think human beings were made to believe that to “grin and bear it” was the admirable thing to do by those who didn’t want the masses to truly be strong, courageous or powerful enough to change anything. And maybe we even want to believe that because change can often be scary, risky and painful.
No one exemplifies that more than workers who go on strike. These are people who are willingly putting their livelihoods at risk and enduring certain hardship in the hopes of making things better for themselves and their families, for their fellow workers, and for future workers of their companies and industries. These are people who have found the strength to admit their pain, the courage to do something about it, and the power in joining with those who share in their struggle.
They deserve our support for that, for the fact that they are truly our essential workers, for the fact that they are our fellow human beings, and because ultimately their victory is our victory.
Below are some tweets I have bookmarked of strike funds and mutual aid for strikers. If you know of others, please feel free to leave them in the comments or email us at AskJesse@AmplifireProject.com
In this episode I mentioned this article by Jesse about the economic opportunities presented after the Civil War, the New Deal era and the 2008 financial crisis: Progress
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A Los Angeles native, Jesse Crall graduated from UCLA’s English Department before working as a copywriter, script reader and project manager for an engineering firm.
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.