“Get a Life”

“Get a life.”

How many activists out there have heard this taunt directed towards them?

Make no mistake about it, when someone tells you to “get a life,” it’s an insult.

About the nicest thing that “get a life” can mean is that they think you are devoting an inordinate amount of time to trivial or hopeless matters. But, typically the taunt is directed at someone who is perceived as boring or narrow-minded; suggesting they acquire some other, more practical interests or hobbies like dating, finding a new job, or moving.

Well, the next time someone responds to your activism by telling you to “get a life,” tell them to “get more politically active,” because new research demonstrates a link between being politically active and well-being:


The Greek philosopher Plato said:

“One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.”

We’ve seen a lot of that lately because too many people are simply too busy to become accurately informed.

“Democracy is utterly dependent upon an electorate that is accurately informed because it’s difficult to deceive or confuse a well-informed person.”