[Act Out! 170] – #RiseTogether Against Dirty Energy + How To Hack Apathy

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This week on Act Out! The #RiseTogether weeks of action against dirty energy projects and their financiers continue, and I share what I witnessed in the swamps of Louisiana as the fight against the Bayou Bridge Pipeline escalates. Next, Dr. Kristin Laurin joins us to talk rationalization and the power of human psychology in addressing – and indeed, not addressing the greatest socio-political problems of our time.

  • I have been thinking for a long time why some people are such dedicated change agents. What is it that makes me (and others) so. One somewhat disturbing conclusion is that the sort of extreme empathy we have is limited to a very small portion of the population.Why was a birn caring about the “other”, whether it be the first Korean in our high school, the unpopular ones, or going to Haiti for 2 years to be with the people and learn a lot and teach a little. But then balance that against needing to make money to support my family yet not give up on my activism. Its a tightrope. I admire those like you who make it a fulltime endeavor. The professors comments were very helpful that we need to show people a path, not everyone naturally has our ability to see a eay or at least refuse to give in abd give up. I think this is what fueled the Bernie phenomenon. Sure there was some cult of personality, but having campaigned door to door, phonebanked, marched, rallied and attended a few of those monster events i saw a lot of hope in those eyes. We gotta tap those folks again! Thanks so much for this segment.

  • kevinzeese

    Thanks for sharing these points. You raise lots of interesting questions. Finding the answers as to why some are dedicated to creating a more just world would make it easier to get more people to join us.

  • My academic training is in anthropology. Im going to poke around to see what other research is out there.

  • Found this quote from Melville. “We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men; and among those fibers, as sympathetic threads, our actions run as causes, and they come back to us as effects”. In many ways nothing is new…