The Right Kind of Activist

[For young adults]

Some years ago I studied poetry with a man who headed a group of poets called The Activists. This was the first time I had heard the word used in that sense. Since then, it has come into such common usage that groups and individuals who believe that an art form, or perhaps life itself, should be an expression of vigorous activity rather than of passivity often call themselves activists.

Sometimes the word is used to imply aggressive force. Then it takes on unpleasant connotations. But it need not. It can as well imply constructive activity in helping to right those things that are wrong in human affairs.

Governed by God, Not by Chance
July 26, 1969

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