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Full quote below from "Letters From Birmingham Jail":

"First, I must confess that over the last few years I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate. I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro's great stumbling block in the stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen's Council-er or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate who is more devoted to "order" than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says "I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I can't agree with your methods of direct action;" who paternalistically feels he can set the timetable for another man's freedom; who lives by the myth of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait until a "more convenient season."

Shallow understanding from people of goodwill is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection."

How does a stoic balance the lack of emotionality and anger with the need to confront and act upon injustice? From a personal perspective, I am a healthcare worker who works in a transplant unit in a major Boston hospital. We were ground zero for the pandemic and also have been involved in a lot of research and vaccine developments. We have also been hugely subjected to horrific conspiracy theories, accusations, and threats by anti-vaxers and conspiracy theorists as a result. Although it bothers me when politicians and pundits claim that all our horrific experiences are hoaxes and lies, it bothers me so much more when it is family members who say things like this. It isn't that their words are untruthful and hurtful (though they are), it is that the proliferation of these lies leads to the undermining of every attempt at COVID mitigation by health care / public health workers. They have real-world, deadly consequences. I find rational discourse on the subject with people so antagonistic towards rationality completely impossible.

I had become increasingly depressed and despairing over the last couple of years upon being faced with the full force of the selfishness, dishonesty, and cruelty of so many of my fellow citizens, some of whom I previously respected and admired. I have been reading stoicism and I think it is an incredibly useful tool for helping me to change my mindset and control my emotions and outlook, but my biggest question is how do stoics balance restraint with valuing truth and justice, and the forceful words and measures often needed on a societal level to root out corruption and injustice? Even on a smaller personal level, I think, for instance, families tolerating a vocally racist uncle because "he's family and that's just the way he is" and the lack of social consequences is one of the things that helps perpetuate racism.

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This is probably a silly question but I genuinely don’t know what I should do. My partner wants to go to a dog show and it’s just something I’m not interested in at all. Should I go to be a good partner to her or avoid it?

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