In the urgency of now (and make no mistake, it IS urgent) it can become easy to grasp and reach and fling ourselves at whatever is in front of us. Because all of us are yearning to take action in this moment; to find purpose in an unimaginable time. And we should try new things - call your representatives, sign petitions, attend a protest. But actions out in the world don't go very far if we are not taking responsibility and transforming what is closest to us.
Yesterday, it was announced that Travis Kalanick, CEO of UBER, was joining President Trump's economic advisory team. This is not the first time UBER has done something questionable - they have been gauging drivers, denying healthcare, hoarding profits and undermining unions for years. No, it is no surprise that Silicon Valley is moving into the White House.
But as I was riding in my UBER from LAX, I was confronted with my own choices. How might my lifestyle be contributing to the problem? I am straight up addicted to car services. I work hard, move fast and live fully, so getting around with ease and convenience feels like a major asset. But when you multiply my "addiction" by everyone else in the US who is using UBER (approximately 21% of android devices), you can see how not only are we contribution to the problem, we ARE the problem.
The resistance is not just calling us to take action, its calling us to take inventory - of how we live our lives and the implications of our choices. And it's good timing, tonight's New Moon is inviting us to check our privilege:
We the people can come to understand that our point of privilege is also our point of entry. Our invitation into inquiry. It is the place from which we can get curious instead of frozen in shame. It is the point where we can volunteer ourselves to receive an education instead of becoming more defended in ignorance. It is the point at which we can reach deep down and liberate ourselves from the complacency that privilege produces so that we can access the energy that is available when we choose real freedom over a false sense of importance. --Chani Nicolas.
You might find that making these decisions feel harder than picking up the phone and dialing your local congressman. For me, quitting UBER is like quitting coffee (I am NOT quitting coffee by the way...don't even). But imagine the message we would send if we chose together - we cannot and will not be bought by privilege and convenience and our #resistance is full on.
So your radical action for today? Delete Uber. And let's get real about changing making from the inside out.