Activism is a doctrine or practice that emphasizes direct vigorous action especially in support of or opposition to one side of a controversial issue. Activism originates from the German Aktivismus, which in turn is borrowed from the Latin āctīvus which is from āctus (past participle of agere (cause to move, do)). Activism was first used around 1915.
Activism is a word that most of us readily know and yet it seems to have taken on an even more important role in the past few years. Activism is such an important part (or should be) of life since it allows each individual a choice and a chance to enact change for the betterment of ourselves and the world and lives around us. Activism allows us to see ways to right the wrongs being done around us.
In order for activism to truly work we much each embrace change, be change, and live change.
Yes, I realize that activism is a bit of a cop-out for the first Word Nerd I’ve done in ages, however, it is a rather important word that I feel should be in everyone’s regular vocabulary. It’s also a really fantastic way for me to introduce my new Activism page that has a variety of links to organizations and educational sites that I have found useful in my own activism. I do hope that you’ll give it a look and maybe even discover a few to be useful too. That said, I do promise that future Word Nerds will be more along the whimsical and intriguing!
Namaste ~ Ella
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