Jennifer Lawrence has some wise advice for those feeling deflated and depressed about the current Donald Trump Presidency. Lawrence wants you to channel that anger and fear into hope and action.
In a piece she wrote for the online site Broadly, Lawrence sagely notes:
This country was founded on immigration and today the only people that feel safe, that their rights are recognized and respected are white men. I want to be positive; I want to support our democracy, but what can we take away from this? It’s a genuine question that we all need to ask ourselves. We shouldn’t blame anyone, we shouldn’t riot in the streets. We should think strongly and clearly about what to do next because we cannot change the past.
Rather than use violence to force change, Lawrence wants us to use something more powerful: our intellect, coupled with good behavior modeled on the Golden Rule:
If you’re worried about the health of our planet, find out everything you can about how to protect it. If you’re worried about racial violence love your neighbor more than you’ve ever tried to before — no matter what they believe or who they voted for. If you’re afraid of a wall putting us all into another recession then organize and stand against it.
For those women who are feeling defeated about the prospects of what a Trump presidency means for women issues:
If you’re a woman and you’re worried that no matter how hard you work or how much you learn, there will always be a glass ceiling, then I don’t really know what to say. I don’t know what I would tell my daughter if I were you. Except to have hope. To work for the future.
That is wise advice from an actress who has made a career portraying tough, independent and proactive women. She encourages those who want to be involved to first be an inspiration for others. Echoing some of the words Hillary Clinton used in her concession speech, she notes:
We’re all allowed to be sad that the present isn’t what we thought it was. But we mustn’t be defeated. We will keep educating ourselves and working twice as hard as the man next to us because we know now that it is not fair. It is not fair in the workplace, so you make it impossible to fail. And like Hillary, it might not work.
Never fear failure, for the worst failure is to not to do the thing you know is right.
But like Hillary, you can still be an inspiration and get important things done. Do not let this defeat you — let this enrage you! Let it motivate you! Let this be the fire you didn’t have before. If you are an immigrant, if you are a person of color, if you are LGBTQ+, if you are a woman — don’t be afraid, be loud!
Wise words that could have been spoken by a Katniss Everdeen.