Stand Up and Be Counted

I have to dig deep to ask myself what I can do about the issues of our times, like climate change, runaway inflation, the erosion of democracy, political corruption, right-wing extremism, income inequality, women’s rights, gun proliferation, and racism. These are issues that have our way of life under siege.

I, of course, feel empathy for those most impacted by these matters, even though I’m not directly or personally affected at this time. It would be easy for me to stick my head in the sand, to filter them from my consciousness. I could rationalize and ascribe these issues my fellow citizens face to external factors over which I have no control and little influence.

But I need to sum up the courage to stand up and be counted, not just in words, but in actions.

Written for these daily prompts: Ragtag Daily Prompt (ask), E.M.’s Random Word Prompt (inflation), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (empathy), The Daily Spur (filter), Your Daily Word Prompt (ascribe), and My Vivid Blog (courage). Illustration credit:

10 thoughts on “Stand Up and Be Counted

  1. Sadje July 12, 2022 / 8:25 pm

    Very true Fandango! It’s time to stand united

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  2. donmatthewspoetry July 12, 2022 / 9:06 pm

    As an individual writer I can’t change a thing.

    The only way I see change occurring is with a mass movement
    of people led by a strong leader and forcing politicians to bend
    to the will of the people. eg Martin Luther King….

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  3. Marleen July 13, 2022 / 9:30 pm

    … Dutch farmers and how the mainstream
    media have framed their protests …


    • Marleen July 16, 2022 / 7:23 pm

      How [a] Family Destroyed a Nation
      {the Rajapaksas of Sri Lanka, South Asia}

      ColdFusion is an Australian … media company
      independently run by Dagogo Altraide since 2009. …

      [Altraide’s] Correction: I misspoke and said the
      Russian Ukrainian war was in 2021, when obviously it’s 2022.

      Liked by 1 person

  4. leigha66 July 14, 2022 / 11:54 pm

    We have to stand up and be counted. A powerful post.

    Liked by 1 person

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