Frustration and focus

Everyone reacts differently when frustrated by what they see in the world. When I don’t know what to do, I work. After 2016, that led to launching Micro.blog. Building a platform that can help people find a voice (and avoid amplifying the voices of hate). It seems small next to the more widespread changes that are needed in America right now, but it’s one positive thing I can focus on.

Barack Obama had a great essay on Medium this week, highlighting how working locally has a big impact:

If, going forward, we can channel our justifiable anger into peaceful, sustained, and effective action, then this moment can be a real turning point in our nation’s long journey to live up to our highest ideals.

What I read into his words and from many other posts over the last few days is that we all have a small part to play. The solution isn’t one daunting, impossible task but instead thousands of “minor” choices, from local elections, to what we say and write about, to where we donate, to how our social networks are designed, to which stories journalists cover.

Even small movements forward can make a difference. Stay safe, everyone.

Manton Reece @manton
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