Paralysis is NOT an Option

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Today I’m attempting to inject the “energy” into Energized Academic. Yesterday, as I followed the news about Charlottesville, VA and the white-supremacist, Nazi march and ensuing violence around the removal of a statue commemorating Confederate General Robert E. Lee, my desire to work or think or write plummeted. Sorrow and rage can be paralyzing (1) and they certainly feel that way to me. But I talk to academics about building meaningful lives that honour their values both inside and outside their jobs, so paralysis is not an option. When paralysis hits, I like lists. A place to start, a progression of sorts, a selection of options. 1. Know your values. Ok; Nazis and white supremacists are bad. Duh. But explaining that they are bad in a way that, say, antifa…
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