All things considered

Excess information leads to information overload.

Information overload, when combined with a Captain-Save-Everything-and-Everyone syndrome, leads to frothy frustration.

Frustration settles down into flat, flavorless depression.

Depression stems from a mixture of information overload, feelings of hopelessness, and the reality of a multitude of problems of which one is only partially aware.

This is what it’s like and how I am doing, “all things considered.” How am I, considering the white nationalism of Trump, the violence toward homosexuals from Pence, the state-sanctioned response to #NoDAPL, the ongoing apartheid as we try to #FreePalestine, and the ever-expanding surveillance in response to the Movement for Black lives?

“All things considered” has become an unspoken prefix in conversations with friends and colleagues. It’s no longer just, “how are you,” but a silent “…given all of this bullshit?” And to top it off, that’s among relatively privileged folks — employed, living in the U.S., and able to go home to some shelter everyday.

All things considered, though, we have gotten ourselves into a mess and getting out seems to only get harder with each passing day. We must organize, and we must organize every day. We must strategize and we must strategize everyday. We must document our stories and we must document our stories everyday. We must engage with both our elders and our youth and we must engage with both our elders and our youth everyday. As we organize we barely keep up, so in order to get ahead we must pick up the pace, otherwise we fall behind and lose. The organized win.