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  •  I agree with bluoasis, especially about the (2+ / 0-)
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    importance of prioritizing goals.

    For me it seems like a good idea to also follow the kind of advice an investment adviser may offer: diversify.

    Otherwise I'd feel as if I was putting all of my eggs in one basket, and that a basket which may not "pay off" until decades, centuries, or even millennia after my death.

    I think you share goals with many, goals which are achievable in the much more near term. Don't miss out on the feelings of satisfaction less "radical" improvements may offer!

    If it feels as if this dilutes your efforts, I suppose you may have to accept that sometimes the price of idealism is frustration. Most of us have to find a balance between reaching far enough and too often coming up empty.

    Maybe this just means breaking "tasks" up into smaller, more readily achievable chunks?  

    It matters not how small the beginning may seem to be: what is once well done is done forever. Henry David Thoreau, in Civil Disobedience

    by Had Enough Right Wing BS on Mon Mar 25, 2013 at 04:08:19 AM PDT

    •  Thank you for the advice (2+ / 0-)

      I'm never going to be one of those activists who says, "We shouldn't be fighting for A because B is the more important issue." The fight for marriage equality and the fight for universal health care both have the same goal in mind, a more prosperous society, and to try to detract from one to bolster the other is destructive at best. So I will take the time to consider what breaking these up into smaller, more winnable battles will take.

      •  Maybe working as a "leader" sometimes, but (0+ / 0-)

        other times being an equally committed "follower."?

        It matters not how small the beginning may seem to be: what is once well done is done forever. Henry David Thoreau, in Civil Disobedience

        by Had Enough Right Wing BS on Mon Mar 25, 2013 at 04:38:12 PM PDT

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