For all appearances, it would look like we can’t win this. We’re up against practically unlimited corporate and lobby money. We’re up against a team of well-connected people with motives for profit and power. We’re up against misogyny, racism, intolerance, fear, and base meanness. Slowly, we watch the pillars of democracy erode.
Spoiler alert: This is supposed to look impossible.
A song from David Wilcox plays on a loop in my mind almost daily,
“There is evil cast around us, but it’s love that wrote the play.”
I love this, because it gives me perspective. And as a writer, I know that the appearance of hopelessness is vital to a compelling plot. In a play, the outrageous evildoer sets up the necessary tension for the heroes and heroines to reach within themselves to bring about a positive resolution. In other words, the appearance of impossibility is essential for us—you and me. We are on a hero’s journey.
But here’s the thing: we have in our quiver a tool that none in power do—and never will: love. We’re passionate about equality and justice and fairness for everyone. We care about our neighbors, no matter our differences. We believe in decency, cooperation, and kindness. We share a love for this beautiful planet, our common home, and all its inhabitants.
So although it may look daunting out there, our hearts are equipped with something so much more powerful than greed. We have love. And love, as we know, can accomplish all things. Even with unlikely odds.
If your spirit is flagging, take heart. Each of us carries love within—the most powerful source of perseverance. Keep remembering that it’s supposed to look impossible, but that doesn’t mean it actually is impossible. If we stick together, keep speaking up for one another, and focus our energies on living our values, this drama will end in justice and healing.