Injury

The Eight Elements of Inspiration – Injury

It is funny that men who are supposed to be scientific cannot get themselves to realize the basic principle of physics, that action and reaction are equal and opposite, that when you persecute people you always ROUSE Them to be strong and stronger.

- Gertrude Stein

Trigger Warning: This article involves graphic descriptions of harmful homophobic practices used in “conversion therapy”.

Injury. The dark horse of inspiration. Powerful, unexpected, and potentially dangerous. The idea is simple: people are roused to action if they feel they, or someone they care about, is being injured by the situation you seek to change (or, more generally, if they feel there is a big downside to inaction). If you can make the injury vivid and present, bring it into the room with you, put a face and a name to it, then you can inspire people to act.

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Be INSPIRED – The Eight Elements of Inspiration

AROUSED, animated, or imbued with the spirit to do something, by or as if by supernatural or divine influence.

Definition of INSPIRED, Dictionary.com

Inspiration has a numinous quality to it. We know when it comes upon us – the feeling of cold air on the back of our throat as we take a sharp intake of breath, the way we raise our eyebrows and our eyes go wide, the enraptured smile and amazed laugh – all these are the outward signs of inspiration. But what does it truly mean to be inspired, inside? What does it take to inspire others?

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