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  • Writer's pictureRobert Pagan

"We Don't Need a Savior, We Need Community"

As the streets come alive with the laughter of trick-or-treaters and downtown gatherings echo with the cheers of a united community, there is a profound perspective that beckons our attention — Pagan's Thought: "We don't need a savior; we need community."

In the midst of the vibrant Halloween festivities and the communal energy that permeates the air, it's essential to reflect on a novel approach to performative activism. This perspective challenges the prevalent notion of relying on charismatic leaders and external figures to save us, emphasizing instead the transformative power inherent in collective support and unity.

Lately, the landscape of leadership seems to have shifted. Many individuals who emerge as leaders often reveal themselves to be opportunists, driven more by self-interest and the pursuit of personal clout than a genuine commitment to the well-being of the community. This raises a crucial point: leadership is not about individual self-aggrandizement but should be a collective effort, acknowledging those who paved the way, those currently fighting, and those who will join the cause in the future.

Representation, particularly within the LGBTQAI+ community, extends beyond the individual who has recently chosen to live their truth. It encompasses the collective experiences of those who came before, the struggles of those currently in the fight, and the aspirations of those yet to join. A comprehensive program that addresses the needs of all members, especially focusing on aligning LGBTQAI+ youth, becomes essential. By doing so, we strengthen the bonds within the community and foster a sense of belonging for everyone.

However, it's crucial to recognize that alignment within the community should not be contingent upon agreement with every individual's perspective. When we align only with those who share our views, we risk becoming divisive figures within the community. True unity embraces diversity and fosters an environment where differing opinions can coexist, contributing to the richness and resilience of the community.

Activism is not limited to championing the newest letter or non-letter in the rainbow alphabet; it is an ongoing commitment to the rights and well-being of all. By acknowledging and supporting each facet of the community, we contribute to a more robust and inclusive activism.

Lastly, it is within the power of the community to stand up against leaders who seek prominence for personal gain. A true leader is one who works tirelessly for the collective good, not one who leads merely to be seen and appreciated. The community, armed with the understanding that unity and collective action are the keys to progress, can play a pivotal role in shaping the kind of leadership that truly serves the common interest.

In conclusion, I challenges you to reconsider your approach to activism, to focus on building strong, interconnected communities rather than relying on singular saviors. As we celebrate the joyous Halloween season and the spirit of community, let us carry this thought forward, contributing to a future where collective strength is the driving force behind positive change.

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