Take the time to reflect on the world around you and its impacts on everyone by disproportionate degrees. While some see this global pandemic as a period of rejuvenation and reconnection, for many it is a time of unrest.
The social issues we’re experiencing today are reminiscent of the past. They originate in fundamental and systemic foundations within our society and government. When you align issues occurring now with those of the past, it’s easy to identify the cyclical nature of society and our behaviors.
History repeats itself, and people forget about history.
As a whole, we must acknowledge the progression that’s been earned before our time. We owe it to great trailblazers in our country such as; Dorothy Height, Bayard Rustin, Martin Luther King Jr. and Barack Obama, who have furthered these courageous cycles so that we can excel further towards a better future. These resurgences bring fresh perspectives and new voices to continue the work of those before them.
This generation is asking more of its government, its systems, its leaders and its communities. It’s not that we’ll never reach a point where things aren’t good enough, it’s that the past isn’t good enough for the next generation, who has different expectations and views on how society treats its people.
It’s difficult to ignore the current global climate crisis we’re living through. With the fashion industry being the second largest polluter in the world, consumers are starting to make conscious efforts to lessen their ecological footprint. We cannot solely rely on large companies to limit their production, as manufacturers will only produce if there is demand. Changes need to occur at the consumer level with individuals’ buying behaviors and actions.
Time itself is a cycle. It’s a natural part of our daily routine to react to a cyclical time frame. Each new day, new year and new era presents an opportunity for growth. It’s not enough to wait around until the next resurgence to be active about the social issues this country has been facing for years. It involves continual actions towards real change. To propel forward, we must become educated about the topics at hand. Throughout Issue 10, listen, learn and reflect — participate in the revival.