Scientific Research & Self-Development Activism
I’ve met a lot of people with good intentions in the last several years. These were smart, well-meaning, and generally evolved people. They were thinkers, and they thought a lot. Something thinkers like to do is talk. They talk with other thinkers, and exchange more data to think about. They pick apart every detail of something and find every possible fault or weakness in an idea, and they tweak the original idea again and again attempting to reach perfection.
This quest for absolute truth in everything is an admirable trait on the surface of things. These are the type of people who make brilliant scientists, researchers, etc. I’ve always admired this about some of my friends, and envied them at times for their ability to organize large amounts of detail and see flaws in logic so esoteric and removed from the big picture that others would never notice until it caused an immediate issue.
To some degree I do tend to pick things apart, and always will. It’s in my nature, my personality, and the very core of who I am. What I am learning however is that those who pound every grain of something and continuously find flaws are not always to be envied. While their ways lead to greater and greater knowledge of a topic, it tends to be rather slow getting anything physically done. This is a problem when these people attempt to work in activism as leaders, since people have to be fed a constant barrage of entertainment, emotion, and feedback in order to keep them engaged.
Moving slowly will not be noticed by the general population, who have fed from the mass media so long that they’ve all developed ADD. In order to reach these people, and wake them from their consumer coma, something drastic must be done to shake them. Activism in this age means forcing people to wake up and listen, and gripping their hearts so that they have motivation to stick it through.
Remember… more people have been moved by sudden heroic charges into battle, than by any well strategized war won.