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I KNOW FROM my own experience that it’s not easy to stick your neck out, no matter how fervently you believe in your cause. I end this book with some personal reflections on how to deal with the challenges of active citizenship, emphasizing that these views are personal. I’m happy if you find value in them for your own activism and your own life.

To begin, my experience is that I am more successful as an active citizen if I set this work in the context of something bigger than myself. Call it God, higher power, life force—I find that being mindful of and connected to that larger reality adds to my power, creativity, ...

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