I'm a very strong advocate of basing your work in PE because I've seen it work very well in my own life. The PE process I've participated in within the All African People's Revolutionary Party is called work study. For decades now, I've participated in it. The process has permitted me to become firmly rooted in knowledge about Africa, the Pan-African movement, nationalist movements, socialism, communism, the differences between socialism and communism, organizing, history, and the struggles of other peoples like the Indigenous peoples, Irish, Palestinians, Filipino people, etc. And, I'm talking about growing in knowledge about all of these topics to be able to defend them, against pretty much anyone. This has evolved confidence that has helped me train and develop other organizers. Many others. Strong organizers. More confidence. More belief that we can win. This is why I can tell you without blinking that in the last few months I've been able to be in the lead of developing a new African freedom school - despite great adversity in doing so - while engaging many other labor intense and stressful organizing projects. I mentor many people, often at the same time. And, I've helped coordinate security for activists against violent white supremacists while writing on a regular basis and maintaining my sanity. Now, if you take what I've just laid out as simply an effort to brag, then you miss the entire point. There is no way I could accomplish anything without the masses of the people. I don't get the credit. The masses get the credit. I'm simply a conduit for struggle because whatever I have to deal with, its nothing compared to the trauma and pressure those who came before me had to endure. So, nothing I'm doing is going to be that ego driven. My drive comes from that PE that informs me every minute of every day that I have a responsibility to get better and continue fighting. That's the point.
So, the next time you're feeling overwhelmed. Demoralized, ready to give up. Hopefully it helps you to think about the need for political education. It will strengthen you. It will empower you. And, if you do it right e.g. collectively as a part of an organizational effort, you will find that a lot of the problems that are getting the best of you now, can, and will be overcome. They have to be because history is counting on you.