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Activism strives to bring about change of some sort through vigorous action or campaigning. That is true whether or not the activism succeeds in obtaining its objective. It’s also true whether you think the cause is noble or idiotic. Hopefully the people engaged in activism think their causes are noble, otherwise what the hell is wrong with those people spending all of that time on an ignoble purpose?

Of course, that begs the question, what is vigorous? Vigorous is a relative term. People who are normally sedentary and introverted might consider themselves to be campaigning vigorously if they mention to checkout clerks that it would be a good for the environment if they shut off the power to their cash registers. That campaign would undoubtedly fail or get the cashiers fired, and other people wouldn’t consider it to be vigorous campaigning and, therefore, not activism, but who the hell are they to judge?

Someone who engages in activism is called an activist. I mention this because the dictionary I’m using doesn’t have a separate entry for activist. The word activist is buried in the entry on activism, rather than being highlighted on its own.

Why is that? Why is the dictionary snubbing activists? Is it a plot by a conservative establishment  that is out to protect “the man” and thwart progressive change? Probably not, but it’s been a while since I charged up conspiracy theorists. I love to watch them spin their wild theories. So, excuse me. I like to have a little fun once in a while.

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