What also felt true was a prevailing feeling of helplessness. There was a strong desire to do something, anything, but retaliatory feelings were all we had. Vengeance fantasies, judgment and name-calling, desperation over the feeling of loss of moral norms, and powerlessness to help the citizens these norms had protected: This anger and fear eclipsed any efforts to be a better citizen, inspire change or develop a clear voice of response.
"Want to Be More Civically Active This Year? Start With Yourself." is from the January 22, 2017 Lifestyle section of The Washington Post. It was written by Kim Weeks and narrated by Sam Scholl.