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So I, like lots of other people, have been pretty low the last... well, let’s not count, but the last week or two haven’t been *better.*

Let’s talk about that a little bit.

In Jewish belief, despair is a sin. As I read this, it doesn’t mean you can’t feel real bad. It means that you can’t use how you feel as an excuse to stop doing what you know is right.

AS YOU KNOW I’m an unrepentant optimist. That doesn’t mean I think that we’re always going to win!

It means I’m always on the lookout for another chance, and the next, and the next, because nothing is ever over unless you give up.

We did not get the Civil Rights Act in a climate more favorable to it.

We did not get emancipation in a climate more favorable to it.

Other people have worked harder than us, under worse circumstances, and prevailed.

I get it, it’s dark times, and even I keep thinking “everything is terrible forever.”

It might even be the case that we won’t live to see things get better. Truly.

It’s still our moral duty to protect the good and just to the extent that we can.

But look, if it’s too demoralizing right now to keep fighting and losing, there’s another front besides politics.

You can work to prevent harm... but you can also work to create good.

I’m not going to tell you what that looks like for you, because you KNOW what good you can do that you’re not already.

Big things and small, money or time or care. Figure out what and how.

There are many ways to make the world better for everyone, and we need all of them.

We need all of us.

@andrhia it’s so hard at the moment. I’m so worried about my kids and what life is going to be like for them when they’re my age.

@andrhia This new climate report and the Supreme Court situation are weighing so heavily on me right now. Don’t know what to do to make it better.

Andrea Phillips @andrhia

@chrisdomico OK but what can you do orthogonal to that, that might make some space for someone who does know what to do to make it better?