FDL Book Salon Welcomes Hillary Rettig, The Lifelong Activist: How to Change the World Without Losing Your Way

Hillary Rettig - Lifelong Activist[Welcome Hillary Rettig, and Host Joe Brewer – bev]

The Lifelong Activist: How to Change the World Without Losing Your Way

Today’s book salon focuses on something that I think should get a lot more attention than it does – our psychological well-being as progressive activists.

Hillary Rettig’s book, The Lifelong Activist, seeks to help us build activism sustainably into our lives. In order to do so, we’ll need to take better care of ourselves.

She starts with an aspiration and a challenge, offering this vision:

“Imagine how different the world would be if there were twice – or ten times! – as many progressive activists as there are now, and if those activists were happy and effective and enjoying long full-time or part time careers.  Entire societies and cultures, and quite possibly every society and culture, would be transformed.”

The challenge quickly becomes apparent – to live fulfilling lives while promoting progressive social change.  If we do not take our own personal well-being into consideration, we’ll suffer emotional burnout and grow distant from the causes we care most about.  This kind of attrition is all-too-common today. (more…)