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I Don't Have Time For This

I don't have time for this.

I don't have time to protest one night and wake up and march the next day.

I don't have time to take the blue line for forty-five minutes to get to the airport and hold a sign.

I don't have time to listen to the news every morning and cry for fifteen minutes over a new injustice.

I don't have time to think about history and the Civil War, the World Wars, the Cold War.

I don't have time to plan the resistance. I have laundry to do.

I don't have fucking time for this.

I don't have time to share another article or sign another petition. I don't have the money to give to the ACLU or other organizations.

I don't have time to explain to you why you should drop Uber and use Lyft while turning around and telling someone else that I might need to do whatever saves me a dollar because I still qualify for food stamps.

I don't have time to hate myself for being a hypocrite. I have work in the morning.

I don't have time to retweet M…

Political Parallels: The End of Act Two

The majority of narrative films follow a three act structure. This is best represented in the hero's journey narrative, including such contemporary classics as Star Wars, Harry Potter, or The Lord of the Rings (in the world of preconceived franchise films such as these, the same structure also works across multiple films). The opening act establishes the characters and the setting. The hero is in a comfortable and familiar space. At the end of this act, the character is thrust out into a bigger world.
Throughout Act II, the hero faces varying degrees of obstacles, such as trolls, murderous henchmen, etc. This all leads to the end of Act II, which is typically depicted through a different setting (the Death Star, Mordor, etc.) or introduction of something completely unknown. Furthermore, this is the point when our hero is left all alone (usually because of the death of a mentor) and the odds of overcoming the main villain seem impossible.

As a writer, it is difficult not to think of …