About hysteria

I’ve tried to be positive, but it’s good to be realistic, too.

If you’re signed on to resist the agenda of this administration, you’re going to have to come to terms with being mis-represented, being mocked, being hated. Possibly forever with no vindication.

Because a resistance that actually succeeds in preventing an atrocity will never have evidence of its necessity or its success. Life will go on as usual. The nation will remain its unequal, imperfect self, hurtling towards some uncertain future. You may even have the privilege of being ridiculed in retrospect for your “hysteria”.

Yet that’s the nature of the thing. The window for resistance closes at a rapid rate as an atrocity becomes less speculative, more imminent. So, while we wait, afraid to be hysterical, afraid to be wrong, afraid to overreact, the ground beneath us is shifting.

The German author Emil Erich Kaestner once said, “the events of 1933 to 1945 had to have been fought no later than 1928. After that, it was too late. One cannot wait until the struggle for liberty becomes treason. One cannot wait for the snowball to become an avalanche. You must crush the snowball. No one can stop an avalanche…

What I’m trying to say is, don’t feel too bad. Resisting tyranny will always require paranoia and imagination. And it will always be the work of “hysterics”.

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2 thoughts on “About hysteria

  1. gonehigh says:

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  2. Chao says:

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