I was asked to do a video on this topic. Which yes, if you have a topic or question, ask away and I’ll do my best to address it. With some videos I feel having a written lecture or script to share helps people understand the topic better.
Okay. So, is Activism a part of the Jedi Path? And if so, what can we do as Jedi? If not, what actions can Jedi take? This will be a two-part look at the topic. The first on Activism. The second on Jedi less keen on Activism. Activism and Action is basically what I went with.
First let’s make sure we properly define Activism. Activism is defined as the policy or action of using vigorous campaigning to bring about political or social change. I am sure people have their misconceptions of the word. But I’d prefer we approach this with a Beginner’s Mind. So try to put aside the assumptions about activism and lets just dig into it.
Activism is just about demonstrating the change you want to see in the world. What “change” will determine what group of people you will associate with. There are many activism groups out there; with a wide range from the NRA to Farm Sanctuary. However this is NOT a requirement for a Jedi. Yet many Jedi, due to our seemingly over-developed sense of justice, do have an eye towards political and social change. So many do find themselves seeking to be more proactive in these areas (on all sides of many topics).
If you are one of these Jedi who wants to get more involved – how can you do that? Basic Jedi Code stuff. Knowledge over Ignorance. First determine what you want to see changed. Then research what groups are available, especially in your area. Dig into the group and be sure they practice activism in a way that you agree with. Some groups go to extremes that can undermine their causes. Be sure their actions are things you won’t mind doing and supporting (especially as a Jedi). Knowledge, Information. Arm yourself properly before running off to change the world.
Along these lines – You may want to write clear goals and the vision you have. Help establish exactly the direction you want to take. Also – look at successful events which may help you organize peaceful events for your cause. Mainly it boils down to this.
Step 1 – Preparation/Planning. Have a clear outline of your event. Inform necessary people of your participation. Friends, Family, and Teachers. So they know where you are, what you are doing, and can respect your rights to peaceful protest.
Step 2 – Get Your Materials Together. Signage, Markers, Baked Goods. Whatever you need for your event.
Step 3 – Meet up with your group and those interested in participating to fully plan and organize your event.
Step 4 – Promote. Spreading the word about the event will help raise the awareness of the cause and encourage other people to join in your event.
Step 5 – Participate in Event. Don’t forget to have ways to record your event. Especially if there is strong or hostile opposition. We all have a voice and the right to be heard, but you want to protect yourself from any misinformation and ensure everything goes down peacefully.
Lastly – Use that footage, pictures, etc. to share with other like-minded groups and social media to continue to raise peaceful awareness and encourage and support the change you want.
As with all things in life exercise some moderation. Remember to be a Jedi. That means being patient. Changing the world takes time. Segregation in Schools in the US didn’t change over night. The right for women to vote didn’t happen overnight. Remember to take time out for you and your peace of mind. Self-Care is important. Do not burn yourself out. Remember it is okay to say No. You do not have to be at every event. If you had a 12 hour work shift, don’t feel you have to be at a protest for the next four hours thereafter. Don’t forget to take a break from Social Media, News Outlets, and even your fellow Activists. Disconnect to Reconnect. Go hiking for a day. Camping for the weekend. Stay in bed and cuddle with someone having marshmallow fights and candyland tournaments. And of course, keep up your daily Jedi practices.
In the end, be smart, be safe, be a Jedi. And if activism is your jam – here is a link to some great tips for getting involved.
Be smart. Be safe. Be a Jedi.