19 thoughts on “Civic Engagement and Leadership

  1. Very good article. I’ve just written one myself (not yet published) that had the opposite view of things – that America is known for pitching in, getting things done against seemingly insurmountable odds, grabbing a good idea and running with it.

    Any town, from small like Lamar to large like New York City, runs on the backs of the folks who show up. Lots of them show up if the town is big, fewer if the town is small, but show up they will. You see the same kind of thing at church – it’s always the same people who do the scut work, the leg work, the cleanup work. In my opinion (you know – they’re like noses …), young people need to be invited, need to know that they have input, too; that they can make a difference right there in their little town. Once they learn to ‘clean your room’ (Jordan Peterson), they are ready for the next step, which is – or can be – getting involved in local politics or fulfilling local needs. That’s the engagement that needs to happen.

    Me – being me – had to laugh about “our people are out greatest asset”; because they’ve just dropped season 10 of The Walking Dead on Netflix, I’m re-watching the series from season one on thru’ to now, season 10. What does Negan say about people being a resource – usually just before he kills a bunch of them ….”

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    • Thanks, Audre. I do think a lot of that quintessentially American “can-do” spirit still exists; I just think that people can be (and have become) discouraged when it seems like there is no official direction or leadership. If leadership or the elites seem aloof and uncaring, people will either a.) rise to the occasion and solve their own problems and/or b.) sit back and complain, figuring that if the people responsible for addressing problems aren’t doing so, why should the rest of us?

      I agree: it’s always the case that 20% of the people do 80% of the work. Sometimes it’s hard for the 20% to give up some of their responsibilities (I speak from experience!). It’s crucial, though, to give opportunities to younger members within any organization so they can learn and feel a sense of buy-in to that organization. Feeling that you have no real input into important decisions or contributions to achieving major goals will result in burn-out fast.

      Ha! Great TWD reference. Yes, it’s funny how those who say they value people the most often disregard human life with such casual cruelty.

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  2. There’s no denying that people are discouraged; it’s been that way and slowly gotten worse since Nov. 2020. Now I read that even people who voted for the current administration are unhappy. What, exactly, has been accomplished? Still – we have to suck it up, breathe deep, and do all we can to make corrections. We will. We are not that far gone.

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    • I definitely agree that we have to keep hope alive and persevere; I also think we’re at a point where people don’t want to persevere any longer. Of course, it’s always darkest just before the dawn!

      Just a note that I filed today for reelection to Lamar Town Council, so here’s to keeping the fight alive!

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