By the time you read this, the electoral college will have voted and a new executive will be on his way to the white house— yes “his” way as it has always been and will remain for at least 4 more years. Rather than raking over the coals of the election, those of us at UV are looking forward to a bleak but very busy 4 years ahead. Time being relative, as Einstein and our own internal clocks confirm, 4 years can seem like a blink of an eye or a decade… I think the next 4 will seem like a century.
We know we must resist the corporate decimation of our air, lands and water for profit, the hate-filled speech and actions, deportations, arrests and loss of civil liberties, the military onslaught and erratic foreign policy agenda (and yes he has said that using strategic nukes is OK – I guess “erratic” is a bit too mild a term?).
We are gearing up for resistance to be the resistors in the system—but what does that mean?—there are many kinds or resistors—some burn out faster than others. In old school electronics, a resistor helps regulate the current and prevent the rest of the circuits from frying. As webster’s puts it: “for protection, operation, or current control”; or if you prefer wiki: resistors are a “passive” element “used to reduce current flow, adjust signal levels, to divide voltages, bias active elements, and terminate transmission lines, among other uses.” Terminating transmission lines and pipelines sounds right up our alley these days along with biasing—or make that de-biasing active elements.
But what keeps a resistor on line and prevents burn out? insulation, keeping cool, and redundancy— lots of resistors linked together in series or parallel are less likely to burn out. So working together to keep the current — and the worship of currency— in check, should help us to keep going and not burn out. And banding together with unlikely allies—even scientist are coming forward to resist. I went to a rally this week for science—my favorite sign: “Ice has no agenda, it just melts”.
I could not have predicted we would have to be defending even the concept of science in the 21st century. It is literally unbelievable, and that is part of what makes burn out so likely— when your brain can’t take a rest it makes it hard to keep going.
People keep asking me what will happen to the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act, and even National Environmental Policy Act which requires environmental review of projects before they are approved—the answer is I just don’t know.
And what can you do if you are already tired from years of resistance under the current administration? Can we get fresh circuits to start this long-haul? Maybe not but maybe we can refurbish our old ones, taking time to restore as we resist? Take a walk in a beautiful place, read a good book that takes you away from this time and place? Or whatever works for you—do it at least once a week and better if it is more. But don’t let it keep you from resisting! See you out there on the