One thing 2017 taught me was this: Don’t give up on love. 2017 was a hard year. A bewildering year. It was a year when chaos took the reins. And chaos, when linked to evil, is a terrifying thing. “Give us the corrosive systems we know and understand!” many of us cried. “Give us back evil that is neutral. Evil that counts numbers. Evil that obeys the rule of law.” That’s not what we got in 2017. Instead, we got systems that cracked and groaned in the midst of a new maelstrom.
We stagger toward the longest night, some of us shivering, the blare of false cheer in our ears and debt lining our pockets. These are, indeed, another round of “the worst of times.” And yet… In the midst of gloom shine pinpricks of colored light. And even hidden behind clouds, the sun still eclipses the earth by day, offering the promise that –rejoice!– something new is on its way. Everything cycles: The earth rotates on its axis. The tide shushes in and out again. The moon
– Tananarive Due Baby steps are hard. But they are deeply important to take. A friend asked recently if I was feeling extra anxiety lately. My reply? “I’m feeling more determined.” That determination is what drives me to the gym. It drives me to study. It drives me to write. It drives me to pray. It drives me to speak out. It drives me to show up. I have determined that building culture is important. I am determined that these greedy, short sighted, violent, bigoted fools sha
People complied. Now, I wasn’t there, so perhaps some of them questioned what was happening, but as far as I know, every person showed their ID. The “immigrant” was not found. What if every single person on that airplane said as loudly as possible, right to the agents’ faces, “There is no reason for you to ask for identification. There is nothing that compels me to offer you proof of who I am. In solidarity with any immigrants who may or may not be on this airplane, I refuse
How to live in late capitalism, in the midst of climate change, political upheaval, and the fading of empire? Say fuck you.
Say bless you.
Just live. Find joy. ***
Our joy is a glorious thing. It will not be denied. Joy is not the same as happiness. Joy can include fierceness. Joy includes compassion. Joy reaches beyond the self and includes the world. We can be in joy even in the midst of anger. We can rally with joy. We can dance with joy. We can weep with joy. We can sho