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: dreamstime.com.