Playing off of an idea from here about a potential genre called hope punk. The idea being that having hope and demanding a better world is a subversive idea. I had just started working on a new story, and I realized it wouldn’t take much to amp up the hope.
Every good story has some kind of conflict, whether it’s external or internal (ideally both), and the more I thought about things, the more I realized that the true enemy of hope isn’t fear or anger - it’s apathy.
How many of you have heard “Well, I’m sure someone will do something about this”? Or “You need to go through the proper channels if you want to make a change”? Or even “The election’s over, what’s the point in protesting?” (I’ve gotten that last one from my mother directly.)
This is the attitude that we need to fight. It’s not just about pushing against the obvious threats, as most people* can agree that racism, anti-semitism, and hatred of all kinds is bad for humanity as a whole. The problem comes in deciding how to handle it. To quote Terry Pratchett, “the phrase ‘Someone ought to do something’ was not, by itself, a helpful one. People who used it never added the rider ‘and that someone is me’.”
Well? That someone is us, my friends. I may not be able to fight on the front lines, and my platform may be small, but this is the language I have to make a difference, and it’s time I started using it.
Keep the faith. We can make change happen. We don’t have to take this lying down.*I realize this is a somewhat naive belief, but as much as I may dislike people in general, I still have faith in them.