In many ways, the work of an activist is not easy. We risk a lot, yet enjoy a position under those who we work for. Our selves, and our judgment are often welcomed unkindly. Negative criticism destroys us. But, the bitter truth we activists must face, is that, along with the long hours, constant confrontation, and frequent heartbreaks we experience, we activists work for little or no pay, and sometimes struggle for basic needs like food, and shelter, even as we push for societal change. But, there are times when an activist truly risks something, and that is in the discovery, and defence of the “new”. The world is often unkind to new people, new minorities, new labels, new definitions. The “new” needs friends. I experienced something new: an extraordinary conversion from plurally unexpected sources. To say that both the experiences, and its sources, have challenged my preconceptions about everything, is a gross understatement. They have rocked me to my core!
Speech adapted from Anton Ergo in Ratatouille; image courtesy of Wikifan