I selected the phrases for my coloring book to say what I thought might be most important to others within the activist community. But because the coloring book simply has the coloring pages without commentary, I thought I might use this venue to elaborate a bit on why I chose to include what I did.
“Lift people up.”
No matter how good our intentions are, not everything we conceive is a benefit to those we intend to help. Too much harm has been done over the years by those on a mission to change the lives of some other group of people by trying to change behaviors and beliefs. It is the epitome of privilege to look at the life of someone else and think you’d be doing so much good to give them a life more like yours.
What we should really be focused on is lifting people up, not changing them. Ease their struggles, don’t solve problems they don’t have. Help them meet needs, don’t criticize their choices.
If we keep our focus on helping people reach the goals and aspirations they have for themselves, our efforts will actually benefit the world.