In response to Helen's post, "Battling the feeling of futility in a Brexit/Trump world", an anonymous reader submitted the following query:
I'm a logician. I'm also deeply troubled by the results of the election. And I want to do something about it.
Here are four options that come to mind, a few beers in:
(1) I can give a few of my meager dollars to, say, Black Lives Matter, or to Planned Parenthood.
(2) I can volunteer my time teaching community education courses in the belief that better-educated humans will make better decisions in the future.
(3) I can say something in my classes about how I'm troubled. I can hope that the social capital I've built up over the semester will translate into this making some kind of impact on my students.
(4) I can write something. I could try to make it appropriate for an editorial or blog post and hope that by saying something interesting and compelling, I might make a difference.
These are not mutually exclusive. They are not exhaustive. All have their selling points. All have their flaws. I'm assuming we're all, as trained philosophers, capable of seeing these. Let's try not to focus on those.
What I'm trying to ask is a selfish question. I am, as I said, a logician. What I want to know is what *I* should do. I have minimal training in moral and political philosophy. I submit that there are experts reading this blog who are in a better position than I am to answer the question of what my own personal political responsibility, role, etc. is. I further submit that these people, in virtue of being in said better position, can better answer the question of what I should do than I can. So I'm asking. What should I do? One of (1)-(4)? Something else altogether?
I suspect the answer is that I'm asking the wrong question. So be it. What question should I be asking? Please do let me know. I am, as I said, deeply troubled.