When I first sat down to write this, I had a pretty good good understanding of what I would say and how to tackle this question. However, as I kept thinking, the question turned into a more philosophical discussion, Who am I , Who do I want to be, and How do I want to live?
In a time of existential crisis due to the political climate of the U.S and other personal issues, I keep going back to those three questions, who am I, who do I want to be, and how do I want to live?
With so much uncertainty in my life and wanting to be of service to other people, politically and spiritually, the first question that will best enable me to do that is who am I?
Political engagement and activism requires one’s own understanding and purpose in the world, which is rooted from deep passion and mutual gratification. With political activism and community engagement, those three questions can be answered. Our experiences shape our passions and our passions become who we are, who we want to be, and how we want to live.
While I still don’t know exactly who I am, I know that I want to be of service to others and live by helping each other. With so much political anguish, it can be easy to attack one another instead of having insightful discussions and understanding one another.
So the question then becomes what does it mean to you, to be an American?