There’s been an explosion of recovery activism over the last decade. Here’s the perspective of another kind of activist.
Sister Simone Campbell, a social justice activist, on the role of activism for individuals:
SR. SIMONE: Whatever our part is. Just do one thing. That’s all we have to do. But the guilt of the — or the curse of the progressive, the liberal, the whatever is that we think we have to do it all. And then we get overwhelmed. And I get all those solicitations in the mail. And I can’t do everything. And so I don’t do anything. But that’s the mistake. Community is about just doing my part. I — oh, can I?
MS. TIPPETT: No, go on, yes.
SR. SIMONE: Can I tell you? I decided — you know how in the scripture it — Paul says how we’re one body? Not everybody is an ear, not everybody is an eye. So one day I was meditating, and I was trying to figure out what part of the Body of Christ I am. So I came up with this insight that I think I’m stomach acid, I think that’s my job.
It’s really important for metabolizing food.
MS. TIPPETT: Yes.
SR. SIMONE: And it can — not — you don’t need a large quantity of it. And it needs to be contained.
And if it runs amok, that’s called illness.
But, see, it’s doing…
MS. TIPPETT: It’s a great analogy for lobbying — the whole lobbying industry [laughs].
SR. SIMONE: Exactly, exactly. It generates energy and heat. And it does all kinds of good stuff, but it’s a very specific small piece that depends on a whole system to be healthy and effective. We all have a piece of it. And we can do this.