Importance of Futile Gestures

I started my career in gay lib when I had zero support. Even all the gay people were opposed to me. I knew my opposition to 4000 years of religious bigotry was utterly futile, but I was just fed up and felt I compelled to protest simply to express my outrage at their endless lies and cruelty. Today the world has changed well beyond my wildest dreams. Rosa Parks defied a nation because her feet hurt, not because she imagined she could change anyone’s mind. Gandhi hammered the idea over an over that your action may be utterly impotent and futile, but it is nonetheless exceedingly important. You have to act because it feels good to act not because you can see it taking you a significant step toward your goal. Otherwise you will be paralysed.

~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:70)