One of the teachers I most admire, Thanissara, posted this today. I thought it was so on point from our discussion last night.
From Rebecca Solnit–here quoting L.A. Kauffman:”
The scale of protest under Trump, thus far, has certainly been extraordinary. Researchers with the Crowd Counting Consortium have tallied more than 20,000 separate demonstrations over the period from January 2017 through May 2018, involving something on the order of 11 million to 16 million total participants. That’s more people protesting than at any previous time in U.S. history, including the most tempestuous years of the Vietnam antiwar movement.
“What’s more, it’s not just the size of these demonstrations that’s been unprecedented. It’s also their geographic reach — with protests being staged in record numbers of locations around the United States. A major day of action against Trump’s immigration policies is planned for this Saturday, June 30, with more than 600 demonstrations being staged all around the country, taking place in more than 80 percent of the nation’s congressional districts.
She continues ,”Until now, though, protests against Trump have mostly been marches and rallies: legal, permitted events… It’s suddenly ramping up, though, as a growing number of people are now ready to do more than march…. “People didn’t know how to be in the Resistance, how to overcome Nazis or if they ever would; they just did what made the most sense and acted with extraordinary courage.
Eight days ago, I wrote: “Do it in faith. Do it knowing that the consequences will not be foreseeable. Do it knowing that all these look like nothing beforehand. Winston Churchill: “During that war we repeatedly asked ourselves the question, “How are we going to win?” and no one was able ever to answer it with much precision, until at the end, quite suddenly, quite unexpectedly, our terrible foe collapsed before us.”
Do it remembering that we did not know the Berlin Wall would fall, that #metoo would erupt and a thousand patriarchs would fall, that Nelson Mandela would not die in prison, that marriage equality would proceed like wildfire around the world, that Ireland would vote for abortion by a landslide last month.”
One of the reason that many people inside and outside government have hesitated is that there is no precedent for this. We have not had a foreign power corrupt an election, or quite such a clownish would-be tyrant take power or seen an administration occupy the seat of power as though they are conquerors of an enemy state that must be punished, dismantled and weakened. We have had some very bad presidents, not long ago. Unprecedented reminds me how much we don’t know what happens next. But the best case scenario is that we make it ourselves. That process has already begun.
It is entirely possible for us to win on a scale that transforms the country. If we act.
Because we don’t control the future, keep your trust in right intention (renunciation, kindness and harmlessness) and let the universe do the rest!