Where Are You Invested?

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Awareness of social ills–
from poverty to
discrimination
injustice
exploitation
or targeted violence–
can motivate some to
support a
personally
selected
charity.

The result:
a reasonable investment
of cost
time
thought
energy,
translating into
immediate alleviation
of the need of another;
the elevation
of personal satisfaction.

Troubling realities–
from poverty to
discrimination
injustice
exploitation
or targeted violence–
can motivate others to
fight for structural
systemic
change.

The result:
little evidence of
lasting impact
over years–
possibly a lifetime–
in hopes of slow
gradual
laborious
meaningful
radical change;
it will require
everything
unwavering commitment
propelling
urging
driving
toward a goal;
compassion for
someone outside of
oneself
immediate family
circle of friends
beyond all
that’s comfortable;
the willingness
to weep
wait
wrestle
with inner demons
worry about
those in situations
they cannot
walk away from;
cooperate with
respect
defer to
others
similarly committed
to justice
regardless
of cost.

Both responses
are necessary.

Both are
choices.

An alternative choice:
Inaction.

Investments vary.
Returns not guaranteed.

  © Julia Penner-Zook, 2015

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