Patti Smith on how she feels in today’s political climate:
Well, I think, like anyone else, it can be debilitating. It can be depleting, humiliating, every single day. It’s amazing that there’s not a single day that goes by that something is said — our so-called president carries things out in such a way that he can’t make one gesture without trying to magnify himself.
Truthfully, I have found it so difficult. But my philosophy has been in the last several months just to do my work. I keep attentive to what is going on — I know exactly what’s going on on the news. But I have to put it in a certain place, because I’m 71 years old. I have a lot of work to do — a lot of positive work to do. And I think that if I can’t change the things that are happening right now, what I can do is just resonate positivity, strength, unity, individuality.
I’m not burying my head in the sand, but I am reserving the right to be able to do my work. I’m not going down with the ship, that’s for certain.
Jesse’s ( her daughter) more articulate about these things. I’m a simple humanist. I do things because I know they’re right. I know it’s important. I don’t have all the language. I don’t know all the political implications. But I do know I believe in what they’re doing, and I believe in our young. We have to have their backs.