The socio-political debate that came out of the post has been very interesting, and I really enjoyed looking at the issue from another perspective. However, this is not what I really want to discuss here. Head over to the posts and we can continue the conversation about the concrete issue there.
In this posts I just wanted to have a quick look at my attitude to slacktivism and naivety. Two of the key aspects of the conversations.
There’s been a lot of discussion about this and I am not at all convinced that I agree. Becoming aware of problems and possible solutions is one way of becoming more informed and being more informed leads you to decisions and actions about things you really care about. (Not to mention the legitimate criticism of how we practise charity these days.)
Our world is struggling with endless problems, millions of people are subjected to physical, financial, political oppression. There are thousands of charities and organisations that take on solving smaller or bigger chunks of the problem. Do these injustices suggest that there are major problems with the way things are? Absolutely. The more aware you are of these injustices the more likely it is that you would do something about them.
If you look at this infographic, slacktivism does not look all that bad.
My activism and activity is much influenced and informed by the things I “Like” and/or “Share”. I learn about problems, I find out about initiatives and I let others know that a) these are the things I care about, b) I think they might also care about them, c) here is an opportunity they might find useful.
Nothing is a 100 percent to my liking. Angela talk about us being “created” for example, which really bothers me but that’s not what her initiative is about.
Naivety is good
Naivety has been a life-long “fault” of mine. I suppose it is a reaction to having been brought up in a pessimistic and cynical environment, which has not proven to be an adequate solution to a happy life. (Whether a happy life is your pursuit, of course is a question, everyone has to answer for themselves.)
Naive idealism has helped me to see the best in people (and be thoroughly crushed time and again), it has helped me get up after horrible lessons I have had and dare go back to the classroom happy and optimistic.
Naivety leaves you open to surprises, new challenges and discoveries.
Naivety is not ignorance. Naivety is the openness and the belief that nothing is beyond you. If you really care and if you want to invest time, effort, energy and money you can master it, understand it achieve it. When I look at my life (which at the moment is better than ever before), I have got my naivety to thank for it. Naivety helps you accept people more openly and without suspicion.
Of course you get hurt because not everyone is nice or good (and you are not everyone’s cup of tea either). But that does not have to stop you from believing that people are out there to make this world a better place, and it’s not all a huge conspiracy by the 0.1% to subdue humanity and exploit them for their financial gains. (I’m not dismissing what Krashen and Cody are talking about but neither do I subscribe to this vision of cynicism and pessimism.)
Naivety is not something that should be avoided. I wish more people were a bit more naive and a bit less blasé and negative. I have had more of my plans destroyed by people being negative than by people who embraced a crazy idea and went with it.
Last weekend I went for a run around Safa park for peace, there were fewer than fifty of us. Did we achieve world peace? No. Was it worth it? Of course it was.
Over to you: Are you a slacktivist? Are you naive?
Coming up: Post 4: My TeachMeet presentation about mentoring