2. Know the shoulders upon which you stand.
Often when we find ourselves up against the forces of injustice, we feel not only alone at the moment but alone in history. We forget that there have always been those who sought to impose their authoritarian will on others.
Likewise, there have always been those who resisted. And sometimes, those folks won substantial victories against the forces of reaction.
We need to know these histories, to take inspiration from the giants upon whose shoulders we stand and in whose tradition we walk.
Over the years, nothing has inspired me more than reading the biographies of civil rights activists and histories of social movements from abolitionists to the labor movement to the LGBTQ liberation struggle.
Most of the people who moved this country closer to justice were average folks just like us. They weren’t any smarter or more capable than we, or any less afraid. But they stepped into history and did what had to be done.
It’s hard to imagine giving up when you learn their stories.
So learn them.