Lately, I’ve been thinking about this profound idea by Tongo Eisen-Martin. He came to speak to my students last Monday, and as usual, he performed beautifully. The political discussion was also lit. You can watch the full performance on my YouTube show "Radical Books and Activists."
However, he said that conditions were accelerating so fast that if we didn’t see ourselves as historical protagonists, or people who need to make change, we may be the last ones to the party. I’ve been thinking about that a lot.
What if the future is up to us because there isn’t much of a future, or there won’t be? How would that impel us to be better people and try to make a difference in the world?
For me, it has been trying to be gentler when I speak to my family because I can be intense. I don’t mean being mean or harsh; I’m just intense with shit to do. But, I have learned to slow down and be more loving, especially when my daughter interrupts me to play a game of “Gorilla Chase.” That’s where I act like a gorilla and chase her around the house until I need to pass out from exhaustion.
I’m actually writing a story with that title, "The Last Ones to the Party." Anyway, these are my deep thoughts. If we are the last ones to the party, what will we do differently? What will you do differently?