For me, forgiveness and compassion are always linked. How do we hold people accountable for wrongdoing and yet, at the same time, remain in touch with their humanity enough to believe in their capacity to be transformed?
∆ bell hooks, All About Love ✨
'If you want to freeze culture, the first step is to reduce it to data. And if you want to maintain the frozen status quo, algorithms trained on people’s past behaviors and tastes would be the best tools. They “repeat our past practices,” as Cathy O’Neil said in a 2017 talk. A culture that thinks like an algorithm also “projects a future that is like the past,” James Bridle explains, because “that which is gathered as data is modelled as the way things are, and then projected forward — with the implicit assumption that things will not radically change or diverge from previous experiences.” In a world reliant on computation to make sense of things, “that which is possible becomes that which is computable.”'
Understanding of the self only arises in relationship, in watching yourself in relationship to people, ideas, and things; to trees, the earth, and the world around you and within you. Relationship is the mirror in which the self is revealed. Without self knowledge there is no basis for right thought and action.
over coffee with my mom this morning: “sometimes we hesitate to invite people into our life because we feel like our space isn’t good enough yet. things are a little messy, or our place settings don’t match, or our situation isn’t quite what we want it to be. don’t let that stop you. invite people in anyway.”
If I’m angry all the time & isolated thinking my ideas are exceptional or my pain is exceptional, I’m not seeing how our struggles are very much unexceptional which is an incredibly liberating realization. We’re in this together. There are so many people who are already doing this that we can learn from. We can share ideas as partners rather than seek to preach to someone in a top-down dynamic where we consider ourselves the “more aware ones”. We can collaborate & explore new ways of being or practice reconnecting to innate collectivist old ways of being with many different people. The question is are we doing what we can do on our end to create the best possibility of us finding such equitable, reciprocal relationships?
“The worker can create nothing without nature, without the sensuous external world. It is the material on which his labor is realized, in which it is active, from which, and by means of which it produces.”
Karl Marx, Economic and Philosophical Manuscripts of 1844
"We are so colonized by a culture that insists that individual aspiration, appetite, and satisfaction are the hallmarks of well-being. We are so colonized by that idea that it has produced a culture that is itself not well.
We have reached a point where, instead of thinking about where we are, either locally or globally, as a living, interconnected, and interdependent system, we think of it rather as a stockpile of resources for feeding our own repetitive scenarios of growth and dominance. The only well-being is interbeing. "