I remember meeting with a financial advisor, when I had to roll over a 401(k) when I was a 20-something. He asked what my goals were, and, overthinker that I am, I included in my goals that I wanted not to find out that the things I invested in were exploiting people. I used the example of not funding our generation’s equivalent of the Holocaust.
For whatever reason, I’ve always worried that, when the time came, I wouldn’t have the guts to live out my convictions in a meaningful way. I’d choose the easy or the comfortable path. I worry about that, still.
I’ve gotten to the point where I get really frustrated with things like changing your Facebook profile pic, in support of an issue, but having that be the only “meaningful action” you’re willing to take. I call it the “what a good boy am I!” mentality. You can make an argument that you’re raising awareness that way, but I’m not convinced that it goes meaningfully beyond self-congratulations.
I make it a point not to invite political conversation. So please understand that this is not me talking about immigration or national defense. This is me saying enough with the words. Time to do something.
Here’s what I did, inspired by the action of a fellow blogger I happen to know IRL. To be clear, I sponsored someone— this is not my initiative. Join us in sponsoring someone, if you feel moved. It might not be the thing you would choose to do. Don’t let that stop you— there are other organizations doing something meaningful to address the massive, inhuman suffering. If nobody said anything more about refugees, but everybody did something they could stand behind, how much better off would we be?
I’m not arguing against people who can stomach changing things politically. Good for you if you can. I just can’t stand to go that route, personally. So I’ll go my route. But please, do something. Maybe your thing isn’t refugees— maybe it’s something else you find appalling. Good— there’s plenty of appalling to go around. Do something to make it better. Do it like a boss, no self-congratulation necessary. Like it’s just what we do— we came, we saw, we made it better. It’s how we roll.