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FAQ: Why do activists always focus on the negative?

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Becoming an activist can be an incredibly positive experience: creating community, inspiring change, feeling empowered. While most humans choose instead to use their meager time chasing money, collecting possessions, and obsessing over pop culture, the activist sees a bigger picture, a longer view, a deeper connection.

FAQ: Why do activists always focus on the negative?

Mickey Z. (vegan)
Peace & Power to All Species
December 8, 2013

Becoming an activist can be an incredibly positive experience: creating community, inspiring change, feeling empowered. While most humans choose instead to use their meager time chasing money, collecting possessions, and obsessing over pop culture, the activist sees a bigger picture, a longer view, a deeper connection.

However, being an effective activist also requires us to tear off the blinders and become acutely aware of how our way of life has deleteriously impacted all life on the planet.

Call that “negative” if you must but I’ll counter with: What does the term “negative” mean in this context anyway?

If you went to see a health practitioner, would you deem him/her negative for talking about your high cholesterol levels instead of, say, your excellent fingernail health?

If you brought your car in for a tune-up, do you want the mechanic to compliment you for keeping your tire pressure at the right level but stay away from a negative topic like defective brakes?

Of course not…

Why then do so many humans shut down when confronted with the realities of our current social, economic, and environmental crises? Why is analysis that presents a dose of reality smugly dismissed as “negative”?

Don’t you want to know what’s going on and how you can help address it beyond minor lifestyle changes and the petty conflicts of party politics?

Why not save your knee-jerk “negative” retort for those who directly or indirectly support the corporate-sponsored assault of our landbase?

Wake-Up Call: It’s not “negativity” that’s the issue here, folks. It’s denial.

#shifthappens

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FAQ: Why do activists always focus on the negative?
Authored by: Paul Anthony on Wednesday, December 18 2013 @ 03:09 PM CST

Well, you're right. The issues that are really worth talking about are negatives that need to be replaced with positives. That won't happen until we acknowledge what is wrong - then seek to improve the situation.

But most people would rather not get involved. And the best way to remain passive is to pretend nothing is wrong. That way, they need not take responsibility for fixing anything. It's so much easier to turn on the TV and watch American Idol or sports or 'reality TV' than to face reality.

Sometimes I wonder how the human race has survived this long (sigh).