“The Talmud states, "Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world's grief. Do justly now, love mercy now, walk humbly now. You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it.”
all death is political.
the how, when, where, with whom, and how the funeral was afforded all have political ramifications and affiliations. no matter who we are or how we go, there is politics behind it — even if our identities have allowed us to forget politics because it “doesn’t concern us,” will dictate how, when, and why we died. just look at life expectancy by race and class.
The most anti-capitalist protest is to care for another and to care for yourself. To take on the historically feminized and therefore invisible practice of nursing, nurturing, caring. To take seriously each other’s vulnerability and fragility and precarity, and to support it, honor it, empower it. To protect each other, to enact and practice community. A radical kinship, an interdependent sociality, a politics of care.
Love, if it is love, never goes away.
It is embedded in us,
like seams of gold in the Earth,
waiting for light,
waiting to be struck.
⚘ Alice Walker, Hard Times Require Furious Dancing
“Memory (the deliberate act of remembering) is a form of willed creation. It is not an effort to find out the way it really was—that is research. The point is to dwell on the way it appeared and why it appeared in that particular way.”
"I am an act of kneading, of uniting and joining that not only has produced both a creature of darkness and a creature of light, but also a creature that questions the definitions of light and dark and gives them new meanings."
Angela Hennessey - "I have formed the habit of having death continually present, not nearly in my imagination, but in my MOUTH." - "and its everyday reality.... carrying death in his mouth, in his body, mind, and imagination. What does it mean then to take death into ones mouth, into the place of food, and liquids, that we consume to sustain life??" ...... "What does it mean to kiss someone you love with the knowledge of their death and yours, on your tongue"