It’s important to remember that our mistakes don’t make the causes we fight for disappear, or become irrelevant.
I recently read a blog entry that was written by Jamie Tworkowski in response to the field day media had over Jason Russell and the Kony 2012 project. For those who don’t know, Jamie is the founder of To Write Love On Her Arms, a non-profit dedicated to providing hope and help to those struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide.
What drew me in was his human approach. The willingness to admit that we, as people, can break down, and in the process make mistakes. Sometimes things can get crazy. Sometimes stress can tear us down, and cause us to do or say things that we regret. We let ourselves and other people down.
But it’s important to remember that our mistakes don’t make the causes we fight for disappear, or become irrelevant. They should matter to you, to me, and to the people who started the movements in the first place. Not because of who we are but because within us there’s the ability to distinguish what is right and wrong, and the need to act upon the things that we can change for the better.
Jason Russell’s behavior doesn’t change what’s taking place in Uganda, or the eight years Invisible Children has invested in trying to make a difference there.
Sometimes in our criticism, we tend to lose the picture that reminds us what is important. Our society needs to hold on to our human element, and never forget that we all wake up to the ‘human condition’. None of us are perfect. Everyone has a breaking point. But in the midst of that, everyone deserves a chance at healing, and the opportunity to get back up and try again. Jason Russell dedicated himself to the efforts of Invisible Children because he was moved by something that was real, and wanted to make a difference.
I bet he still does, and I personally hope to see him get better, get up and keep trying. But if you don’t, then do not negate a cause for the sake of one man’s actions. Because while many networks are delivering their criticism, there are people out there who are working hard to deliver a change.