Well, you have the right to think what you want so you won’t be receiving any “YOU’RE WRONG”…

There’s an old adage that says, “Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water.”

If you have someone who’s an ally, to any degree, even if minute, then you have something positive to work with, to cultivate and grow.

Otherwise dismissing it as not good enough is counterproductive —because no matter how you may feel about it, it’s still better than the alternative of resistance and opposition.

When Hillary Clinton tried to explain that “you have to win hearts,” this is the type of circumstance she was referring to. If you get an inch, then go for a foot. If you get a foot, then go for a yard. And so on. You have an opportunity to build momentum because you have something emotionally positive to work with (if it stalls, then you’re presented with the challenge of finding a way to re-invigorate it, and/or instill persistence; or you can give up and do nothing; or you can complain to anyone who’ll listen that it didn’t go the way you wanted — and to be sure, nobody has a monopoly on this last one).

As long as you have an ally with some part of their heart in it, then you’ve got a better chance of moving forward — if for no other reason, then for the lack of resistance (again, better than the alternative). And if you’re lucky, where the heart goes the mind will follow.

At the same time, it’s realistic to recognize you won’t win every heart. And that any change of any magnitude is just plain hard in a world crowded with people possessing different views of what that world should look like, or how it should function.

In this sense, our so-called democracy is and always will be a work in progress. It is, by its very nature, a never ending negotiation among all the participants. It’s about trying to get a universally wholesome ideology to critical mass and beyond, if you can. The only way to do this is to win hearts — I’m fairly certain no amount of logic will ever overcome this intransigent necessity.

This makes the precious hearts you do win just that — precious.

And, btw, symbolism is a good tool for winning hearts and keeping them . It can help impart an infectious quality to a movement; and it’s also useful for counteracting the type of symbolism that counteracts your symbolism (does a symbol of unity counteract the symbolism of a swastika?).

If you’d rather protest a protest that stands in your favor, that’s your prerogative. I personally would advise against it.

In the end, that’s all I’m really saying.

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