Anger alone is not sufficient to create change. It needs to be focused purposefully and strategically employed.
When you study the movements that have actually changed conditions and circumstances, you find outrage that becomes focused action, based on principles, values, and a clear actionable vision of the future, not anger alone.
How Anger Alone Becomes A Movement
People become a movement that finds its voice. Finding that voice, and using it purposefully, profoundly is the point and within the context of recovery, one of the surest signs of life after illness and loss.
Then, using that voice to inspire others becomes the next and most powerful thing that can be done. Then, and only then, can a movement actually happen.
This is both the point and the natural progression.
Many of the struggles facing consumers can be traced to the fact that they have no powerful or effective voice, no real say in the matters that affect them most, no seat at the table, no decision-making role, no veto power, no vote, and only, in many instances, symbolic “participation.”
They have not organized themselves sufficiently to really meet the full dimensions and gravity of the tragic circumstances this community faces.
Consumers have little to no voice, a whimper not a scream.
What Do I Stand For Beside Anger Alone
The starting place is coming to terms with what’s really happening, honestly, raw and unabridged. It’s about facing the facts, the pain, injustice, suffering, the horror of it all. And it’s about seeing it clearly, with blinders, filters, and fears removed.
It’s also about looking at oneself and asking who am I in this? What do I stand for? What am I commited to? What do I value? What are my principles and principled position in this? What is my vision for the future? And what am I willing and able to contribute?
If you set out to do heavy lifting, two things dictate your actions: the amount of weight you intend to lift, and your strength, or more accurately, your willingness to marshal the strength needed to lift that weight. The weight dictates the effort required, not the lifter.
Finding one’s voice and using it to inspire others is heavy, heavy lifting especially within the context of consumers survival and thriving. herding cats, lobbying Congress and creating viable solutions is heady, heavy stuff that can’t be done unless these first steps are taken. Where there is no vision the people perish. When you have no voice, you will not be heard.
“Silence is death.”