‒Do you think Gloria Steinem will have a federal holiday when she passes, like Martin Luther King?
‒I don’t think so. Women are the lowest common denominator. When Gloria dies, she will make the headlines on CNN, there will be a few television specials, and the world will go back to Game of Thrones.
‒You should write a post about this.
‒Why bother, it won’t change a thing…
I disagreed with my wife. I argued that her post would be read, that it would create a spark, and from that spark would stem a contagious enthusiasm. I insisted that her post would make a difference. One doesn’t have to protest in the streets to be heard. One doesn’t have to write a manifesto to provoke the collective consciousness. One doesn’t have to hack a Facebook page to expose a truth. But the people of Turkey did walk in the streets of Istanbul to claim their right to justice and freedom. But Julien Smith did write about creating quiet spaces in the urban landscape, and radically changing the landscape of cities forever. But KYAnonymous did hack Twitter and Instagram, and helped expose the culprits behind the Steubenville rape case.
Even in silence we can make a difference.
In Greek mythology, Ares engages in brutal war, while Athena opts for strategic warfare. In this household, I will be the one who will kick down a closed door without second-guessing myself, while my wife will take a moment to think about the options, look around, find a key, and unlock the door. We complement each other this way—we will agree as to when it’s best to choose brute force over common sense, or when it’s best to combine our strengths. We have also learned from each other’s style.
Be a living room activist if writing a blog post is the only way you know how to voice your opinion about Wal-Mart opening a new store in your neighbourhood. Be passionate and clumsy when a man is acquitted for the murder of a woman because of an archaic law, or be eloquent, but don’t choose silence over speaking out because you fear that you might not be able to turn your thoughts into coherent words. Or go out, join the crowd, picket, and make a wave. Every action and word you take will lead to change, how ever minute it may be.
Prompt: Are you the loud one, or the poised one?