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#SoCS Ramblings on Social Justice and Being Social



Today’s prompt for the Stream of Consciousness is the word, “social.” We can use it any way we want and have fun.

Social studies, okay. Social Justice, Yes! I’m not the most social person, especially in person. But I do believe in social justice. I can be social for a while, but when there’s an event that is purely social without any other goal, I tend to flounder. I’d rather be social for social justice – marches, meetings, volunteer work, picking up trash, protesting – it’s easy for me to be social when there’s a cause.  Years ago, I was pretty active in environmental and animal rights groups. Social justice should include animals and the earth. Trees, too. I find it easy to be social with trees. They’re such good listeners.

Not that I can’t be social with people at times. (And I can be a good listener – too good for my own good in times past.) There are people I enjoy being with. For a time. People are interesting. People are amazing. Social. Dogs are social. So are elephants, whales, dolphins, and pigs. They like being with family. They need social justice, too. What if ants are social, and bees too, in a different way?

Social justice is for everybody.

Just don’t make me be social too long.

Coincidentally, or not, I happen to be watching Steel Magnolias while I write this Friday evening.  It sure does remind me of the value of friendship and being social. It’s worth the effort for sure, both here on WP and in person.

For more info on Stream of Consciousness Saturday, visit Linda G. Hill at:

Here are the rules:

1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing (typos can be fixed), and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.

2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.

3. I will post the prompt here on my blog every Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” “Begin with the word ‘The,’” or will simply be a single word to get you started.

4. Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people can come and read your post! For example, in your post you can write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into yours. Your link will show up in my comments for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top. NOTE: Pingbacks only work from WordPress sites. If you’re self-hosted or are participating from another host, such as Blogger, please leave a link to your post in the comments below.

5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read all of them! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later or go to the previous week by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find below the “Like” button on my post.

6. Copy and paste the rules (if you’d like to) in your post. The more people who join in, the more new bloggers you’ll meet and the bigger your community will get!

7. As a suggestion, tag your post “SoCS” and/or “#SoCS” for more exposure and more views.

8. Have fun!

Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Jesus follower, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again as well as the short version: From Loneliness to Love.

20 thoughts on “#SoCS Ramblings on Social Justice and Being Social

  1. thanks for this topic of being social, JoAnna!
    seems rather optional, under our current conditions.
    for most of human history it was a matter
    of survival to stay connected.
    imagine socializing without formal language 🙂

  2. We raise an interesting point, JoAnna: being social with a shared goal, such as activities for social justice. As David mentions, our primitive ancestors depended upon being connected for survival. Human progress has come at a great cost to our social lives. Our technological advancements coupled with 24/7 online connectivity has further disrupted our face-to-face connections with each other. In short, we are losing our, once natural, social skills.

    • I think that is true. Either that or the drugs commingling in our waters are making us mad… as in crazy!

    • I agree. We can get lost in technology which often seems to be overriding our ethical and social wisdom as a species. Maybe our “primitive” ancestors had some advantages. This makes me want to spend time working with people outside or sitting around a fire. It reminds me of how in my former job as a counselor the computer documentation became more important to the administrative powers/evaluators than compassionate human contact. The administrative people would never admit to this, but it’s how I felt.

  3. Hard to find good friends as adults unless children are involved…
    I’m not too social. I can be for business, but I like my husband and am not too much into anything unless there is good reason.
    Oh yes to social justice.

    • Children do help adults connect. My parents’ friends were the parents of my friends. Later, my parents made friends through volunteer work and church. I guess I’m the same way. I totally relate to being social for business. After work, I’d have to come home and lie down. But social justice work does give me energy to a point. Thanks for your thoughts, Katie!

  4. I tend to avoid being social for a reason. I’m not great in groups.

    • We all have our strengths. And it’s good to know what areas we’re not great in so we can decide whether to challenge ourselves, tolerate, or avoid. I’m glad to have reached the point in life when I have more choices and no need to prove anything.

  5. One of the things I love about visiting your blog is that it is always uplifting … one of the only ones I follow that is! I am even less social, I think, than you … I agree that trees are so much easier to talk to … trees ‘n bees ‘n butterflies!

    • Thank you so much for this. Sometimes with stream of consciousness writing, I worry that I might let some of my negative thoughts escape. But I still take the chance cause I seem to be hooked on SoCS. It’s a good feeling to know we are not alone in our preferences for trees, bees, and butterflies. (I had a lot of dragonflies in my backyard today. We had a good time. 🙂 )

      • It’s hard these days not to let a bit of negativity creep into almost everything, but I don’t detect it in your writing, or if it’s there, it’s benign. Agreed … nature is where we turn to heal a bit from the wounds inflicted by “humanity”. Glad you got to frolic with the dragonflies! I talk to the bumblebees 😊


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