The blogosphere has been rather on fire about this short book of essays by the eloquent and passionate Rebecca Solnit. Solnit is an activist for a wide variety of social justice issues, and this quick read is a balm for the soul in terms of how to deal with 45 in the White House.
It’s not a quick fix recipe book, but does have wise words for those who have been impacted by the ascendancy of 45 and his wolf pack, and how to help affect long-term change. If, like me, you’re a tad bit overwhelmed by the sudden 180 degree change in domestic and foreign policies which veer widely every time you wake up (it seems), Solnit has some wise words about looking at change in a long-term view and reminding the reader that all long-time societal impacts are usually composed of loads of small changes happening over a longish amount of time. You might not see the impact but small changes add up.
It’s rather like the analogy of the starfish:
One day on a lonely beach, one person saw that another person was throwing beach-stranded starfishes back into the sea.
“What are you doing?” that person asked.
The starfish rescuer responded, “I’m throwing starfish back into the sea so that they can continue to live.”
The original person said, perplexed, “But there are millions of starfish. How does throwing one starfish back in the sea save the day?”
The starfish thrower responded, “It makes a big difference to that one particular starfish…”