The Hill You Die On

My dad used to have this saying, “Make sure this is the hill you want to die on.” He also had a saying, “You’re pissing against the wind,” which always made me think of Rosalind Russell in Gypsy at the train station, right after she finds out that Baby June has run away and eloped… and I have no idea why. It also makes me think of how a woman can physically do this…it’s impossible! But I digress…

“Make sure this is the hill you die on,” is something I’m pretty sure everyone has heard at least once but recently, it has come to the forefront of my mind. I’d like to note before continuing that this is my opinion and observation that you do not have to agree with. *ahem* Here we go. I’ve seen a correlation between particular causes and the way we as a nation gets little to nothing done.

So, what does this actually look like, dying on a hill? It can be used interchangeably with “Pick your battles.” The essence of this saying is this: dying on a hill means this is the place where you will defend until your last dying breath. Sounds great, right? Well, yes and no. What I’ve been observing in the past 10 years or so is that people are choosing particular hills/battles and not relenting nor moving until that is battle is won. Of which is at an advantage of those in power. More causes means we as a nation’s attention and resources are divided. What hurts more – a fist or one finger? Both can do damage, but one can leave a bigger bruise.

Don’t get me wrong – these causes are not to be trivialized in anyway; they ARE important. But, and I want to stress this point, how are we going to change anything when there are bigger hills that need to be fought and won? If so much energy is being placed into “trickle down economics,” why not take this same stance on the big issues like education, health care, equality and livable wages? These aspects could and would benefit so many more people. I also believe another factor in why issues are never completed is the fact that there is little to no time put into these causes. Nowadays, people think if they post something on their wall or forward something, or go to one singular protest then, that is enough. 

Take for example the Civil Rights Movement or the Suffrage Movement. These two forces of social and political “wokeness” (is that a word? No? It is now.) had hours of people power behind it. It hape them sacrifice time, safety, money, etc., for a cause they believed in. Take for example your hand. If you want to punch someone so they feel it, you don’t use one finger, you use a fist. We need one, large fist to beat down discrimination, racism, and equality. Let’s focus on these major aspects first and then concentrate on other things. 

A successful cause is only as strong as your supporters. Invest your time in causes that mean something to you and jump in with both feel. Don’t be a surface supporter – we have enough of those on social media.


Cover image property of: BlitzFalken


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