As I said in Tao Te Woke – Part 1, there are levels to being Woke. The more you proclaim how Woke you are, the more likely you are to not be very Woke at all. Woke is something you should be about, not speak about.
Still, Wokeness is not a competition. Even the most conscious among us will have lapses and make errors. Even the least conscious among us will see injustices and microaggressions that call them to speak up and get involved in some way. Just like a clock, even a broke Woke is right a couple times a day.
The goal is to always be striving to become more aware — then turn your awareness into action to help dismantle systems of oppression right where you are and in the larger society where you live. Otherwise, you’re doing it wrong.
The 7 Levels of Wokeness
While most would think Level 7 would be the ideal, it is actually Level 6 that we should aspire to reach and remain on.
Woke working and woke living is heavy and hard. Looking out in the world and seeing all that needs to be fixed can be overwhelming. It is essential to take time to rest and recharge. It is essential to keep balance both in what you consume and what you exude into the world. You cannot be your best self when you are working from a place of anger or frustration; you cannot be your best self when you are working from a place of anxiety or exhaustion.
There is no shame in not being on Level 6 yet. There is no shame in being on any of the levels. We all have to start somewhere. Just be honest about your level. Don’t misrepresent yourself as something that you’re not. Don’t pretend to be more Woke than you are to look good or cool to someone else.
Tao called Tao is not Tao. Woke called Woke is not Woke.
Be sincere and authentic in whatever you do.