Sometimes David Wins
No story better applies to our current situation than the David and Goliath drama as narrated in Hebrew Scripture. If Zelensky/Ukraine v. Putin/Russia isn't a classic in that regard, I don't know what is. The "Sometimes" in the title of my new book strips inevitability from the equation. The fact is David may very well not always win, which is why the subtitle, Organizing to Overcome "Fated Outcomes" hits the mark. So winning is conditional on David getting his shit together-- which he does in Scripture by taking off bulky armor and operating with tools of the shepherd trade, with which he is well practiced.
I think there's a hero in all of us waiting, like David, for the moment to burst out and go public. In part, that's what community organizing is all about. Doing something hard, against long odds, and suffering the slings and arrows in the process. I was raised, blessed and cursed, to "make a contribution". My parents never advocated a life focused on money-making for myself and my brother, John. They expected us to be gainfully employed but not consumed by avarice-- which to them seemed, while common enough, a slippery slope into worthlessness.
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