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________deleted wrote

Raddle is pretty motivating! With a few exceptions, everyone here inspires me to keep working on my projects.

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amongstclouds wrote

Agreed. Raddle gives me hope. I enjoy 98% of people here always get linked to awesome information.

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Tequila_Wolf wrote

A significant part of what drives me isn't something I would call motivation. It's a mixed feeling that's often a kind of sharp sad burning hatred - for the world as it is, in light of how it might be.

In my case I like people generally and I especially love anybody I have affinity with, so I get a lot out of seeking them out and making joy together with them. So there's an element of motivation there.

There are probably other reasons. Among them; well, I'm alive, might as well do this.

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RedEmmaSpeaks wrote

Well, this messageboard and many other places on the Internet, help. But what really comforts me, is knowing that all the vitriol, all the hate, and bluster from the Fascists and Bigots, is born of the fact that deep down, they know they are losing. The world is becoming a fairer, more equal place that recognizes the value of all people, even if they aren't White, Christian, Cisgender Males.

It's not perfect yet--we'll be fighting for a good long while--but like it or not, the tide is turning in our direction. The bastards know it, which is why they lash out . Their hatred and the stunts they pull, the temper tantrums they throw, are the last gasps of a dying ideology. They are losing and clawing desperately to hold onto power. We just need to hold on and keep pushing back, keep up the good fight.

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RedEmmaSpeaks wrote

Read my post. I said it wasn't perfect yet. The real truth, though, is that we are making progress. It may be small and minute progress, but it is progress and progress in human rights is always a good thing. Always celebrate your victories, however small they may be.

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RedEmmaSpeaks wrote

Donald Trump has been blocked every step of the way when it comes to his Muslim ban and trying to overturn DACA, showing that the vast majority of the pop support both, and Trump and co. are the real minorities. In general, the population as a whole, overwhelmingly supports most advances in human rights.

We have elections like that of Danica Roem, where not only is she the first openly trans person to win a seat in a state legislator, she unseated a 13-time incumbent who lobbied for a Bathroom Bill and attacked her trans status as part of his campaign. Most of Trump's candidates and policies have been viciously attacked and gone down in flames and many times on this very board, we've talked about how the alt-Right is being defeated at every turn.

While Trump and his merry band of assholes are scary and we need to keep fighting them at every turn, the simple truth is that we are slowly and incrementally moving towards a fairer, more equal world. Don't let the loudness of their arguments convince you of their power.

As said before, Hope, not the Pollyanna-ish weak variety, but the active variety, is a radical act. Trump and the Powers That Be want you to give into despair. They want you to believe that this is how the world is supposed to be and you're foolish for dreaming of anything better. They want you to believe that they will always have the power and they simply cannot be toppled, and you're foolish to think that we can make a fairer, more equitable world. It's your duty to say, "No. Fuck you," and again, fight them at every turn.

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jorgesumle wrote

The real truth, though, is that we are making progress. It may be small and minute progress, but it is progress and progress in human rights is always a good thing.

Where are you from? I see quite the opposite where I live.

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anarchistspectacle wrote

Some Ideas

  • Establish close relationships with people IRL (I don't mean romantic necessarily)
  • Work on improving yourself mentally and physically
  • Practice self-care
  • Participate in the labor unions as well as revolutionary organizations
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TheLegendaryBirdMonster wrote

Well, we could be much worse. Imagine wanting equality if there really were biological hierarchies between skin colours, sexes, or whatever conflicts we're fighting.

WE ARE IN THE RIGHT GODDAMMIT. Our stance is founded. we aint fighting for vaporware and we aint lying to ourselves.

also, I cant really ignore violences I know about, and am emotionally engaged in the fights I try to fight.

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surreal wrote

Good friends and some familly members that we motivate each other. Knowledge and curiosity has been a great motivator and meditation and art helps a lot too.

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________deleted wrote

How very communist of you.

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Dumai wrote

near as i can tell defasher ain't a communist but he is a stirnerite and this is exactly the kind of behaviour i'd expect from stirnerites

(sorry post-left i don't mean it you know i love you really!!!)

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Jessica wrote

This isn't a dystopian world! Right now there is a smaller percentage of humanity involved in active conflict than ever before in history. People are living longer, food is cheaper, proles like us can access the greatest library in human history by going online.

There are some funky things happening in the news these days, but don't lose sight of the good things. I consider the whole Trump affair to be somewhat positive because he's a patsy who is uncovering the rot and corruption that was under the surface of the U.S. government. (Though he has brought pain and poverty to millions of people, so it's also a terrible thing)

These days women are being taken seriously with sexual harassment complaints, which is progress from when they would be shoved under the rug.

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Jessica wrote

If you tend to be a pessimist, you should limit your news sources as much as you can comfortably deal with.

If the bad news overwhelms us and shuts us down then we need to lower it, but if it makes us complacent and carefree then we need to increase our news consumption so that we keep in mind the tasks that must be done to improve the world.

It's not a good strategy to blindly stay positive. It has frail foundations and could shatter at any moment. It is better to keep positive things close to support ourselves.

It's good to keep our eyes open to terrible things happening in the world, but it is a bad idea to give ourselves completely to a cause. You need to set yourself up for the long haul. Be happy. Enjoy the things you enjoy, and upon that solid foundation of your life, you can better propagate your cause.