Social Justice Bard

I am not a Social Justice Warrior, because I am not warrior. Sometimes I think I’d like to be, and there may come a day when I get forced onto the front lines, but for now I’m not. Most of us aren’t.

But I can be a Social Justice Bard.

I can write stories that inspire the warriors. I can tell dramatic tales of problems and dangers and awful injustice, and glorify the heroes that overcome them. I can write books about awesome women, and I can push my publishers to get black and latino faces on the covers, and I can post aricle after article and even edit anthologies about mental illness and how to see and treat everyone as a person. I can stand up for my friends, even when they do something stupid, and I can wear my religion proudly, even when people attack it, and I can raise my children to love and respect everyone, even when they disagree with them and even when they don’t have to. I can present a better world in fiction, and maybe help create a new generation of warriors who will fight to make that fiction a reality.

I watch the world, and the things people are doing to each other, and the way people talk to each other–or maybe just at each other–and I want it to change. I want the world to be as wonderful as it is in my dreams. So I’m going to take those dreams, and I’m going to write them down, and every time there’s another shooting or bombing or battle or argument or anything at all, I’m going to write that much harder. I’m going to tell more stories. And maybe the warriors will read it in some dark hour, and their spirits will lift up, and they’ll get back into the fight. Because that’s what bards do.

We sing the songs of glory, and help make the world more glorious.

6 Responses to “Social Justice Bard”

  1. Ethan Skarstedt says:

    I’m proud to know you, Dan.

  2. Wayne says:

    Bards are awesome. Keep being a bard.

  3. TW says:

    Can I ask what you mean by “social justice”?

  4. admin says:

    TW: Social Justice is a pretty loaded term, used as both an epithet and a badge of honor in different corners of the Internet. For the most part, “Social Justice Warrior” is shorthand for “person who cares about diversity, inclusion, etc,” and my use of the term is a riff on that.

  5. WX fan of reality says:

    Actually a social justice warrior is a moral busy body. One who rightfully sees a problem but wrongfully diagnoses its cause and possible solutions.
    Often employing illogical, irrational and emotionally laden tactics in search for a solution that are often unfair and unjust. Usually breaking numerous ethical procedures (The end is all to them. The means are but a way)
    They treat all opposition as though they actively take pleasure in aforementioned problem,. Quick to label, damn, socially cast-out, ostracize. These umbrage seeking hell-raiser lack the basic notions of empathy. They bathe in their own presumed self righteousness and build great walls of intellectual vacuousness and blissful naivete. Great echo chambers of stupidity to keep themselves from growing or being challenged.

    One wonders if this post shall see the break of dawn.

    “Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.”
    C.S Lewis

  6. admin says:

    If that’s how you choose to see me, I can’t stop you.

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