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This Is How People Who Hold Others' Lives in Their Hands Deal With Stress

You think your job is stressful?

by Rajul Punjabi
Dec 7 2017, 5:06pm

Illustration: Anna DeFlorian

On Edge is a series about stress in 2017.

No shade, but I’ve always been skeptical of people who call themselves activists. If the media or your mom calls you one, that’s different. But if you’re all, “hey, I’m an activist,” you’ll get a generous side-eye from me rather than a back-pat.

In this political climate, I’m starting to notice that the actual people whose life’s work is to genuinely attempt to give a voice to the voiceless are not concerned about being lauded as demigods. They’re fucking busy trying to defend people’s violated rights. They’re painfully aware of the grave injustices that basic Twitter activists like me (#trying) are not. These are the people—who’ve been rising up in light of recent human rights battles—whose stress levels and mental health I’m concerned about. Who the hell is taking of care of them? Their cortisol levels cannot be normal.

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