The more unstructured a movement it, the less control it has over the directions in which it develops and the political actions in which it engages. This does not mean that its ideas do not spread. Given a certain amount of interest by the media and the appropriateness of social conditions, the ideas will still be diffused widely. But diffusion of ideas does not mean they are implemented; it only means they are talked about. Insofar as they can be applied individually they may be acted on; insofar as they require coordinated political power to be implemented, they will not be.
What I find remarkable is that humans expect policy reform in other countries to happen in ways they would find laughable if they scratched out the name of the foreign country and wrote in their own. The political blinders fall off unnoticed.
Professionally, my life has never been better and I am grateful for all of it. My personal life is a bit dismal. I have lovely friends and family who are endearingly supportive but selling two books doesn’t change my propensity for depression. Making a publishing breakthrough doesn’t make everything better. I have all this good news and no one to share it with. I look at the growing stack of books I’ve written and I am so proud. I cannot help but think, Writing is not everything. It can’t be.