Is beer merely a soporific for people with less noble lives than others? Perhaps not. To quote historian Timothy Snyder: “one element of freedom is the choice of associates and one defense of freedom is the activity of groups to sustain their members. And those activities need not be political.” In Czechoslovakia, for example, dissidents gathered together to make (and drink) good beer together.
Life teaches us that over time, unused faculties deteriorate. If a formerly active individual withdraws into complete inactivity, they are very likely to begin to lose their physical, emotional, and intellectual capacities. Simply put: a full life requires some degree of activity.
This truth was brought home to me while I was doing voter registration activity at the Senior Center: I noted that the Center was providing activity to people who might otherwise lose their capacity to engage. Moral of the story: come join your fellow activists at Three Magnets for TGIF! Especially if you are retired!
This life lesson about “use it or lose it” applies equally to political activism. If not practiced, our political activism tends to give way to despair or indifference.in the opening to Chapter 13 of On Tyranny, Timothy Snyder counsels readers to “Make new friends and march with them.” That chapter is titled “Practice Corporeal Politics”.
The mantra for mastery of many of life’s activities is “practice, practice, practice”. Snyder invites us to make the same apply to politics. This week’s Call to Action and it’s supplement have information on an opportunity to practice politics right here in our town. You, dear reader, can go to hearings on very important bills being considered at the State Legislature and weigh in on the process. So please, take a look at the Call to Action emails in your inbox, and let’s all start the New Year right by practicing our political activism.
- Glen Hubbard