I think one of the most beautiful things about being committed to field organizing is that it forces you to become a better person socially.
I still don’t consider myself to be particularly socially smart in certain very deep respects. I still have got a long, long ways to go.
But I’ll tell you this: I was way, way worse when I first started. The amount of improvement I’ve made in terms of my social intelligence from when I first started my career to now has been absolutely staggering. Night and day difference: organizing has totally transformed me deep into my nerve endings.
Like I said, I’ve got a long, long ways to go. But — and I believe this deep to my core — no matter how socially inept you might be, if you just take enough action, if you just have thousands of organizing conversations every year over many, many years: you. will. get. better.
Having conversations to empower people — many, many, many random people from all backgrounds and walks of life — forces you to learn yourself and forces you to learn how to connect with others more deeply and more honestly.
And I think that that’s quite beautiful. All it takes is commitment. That deep Leftist alienation you feel, if you feel it — organizing can help.
And the above is, to me, that sort of Deep True that words can only begin to convey.