Noteworthy posts for this week, on unpicking internalized oppression; how to respond to the Anthropocene, mass extinction, and climate change; the hidden life of things.
Language and racism
Check out this amazing post from Guilaine Kinouani on internalized oppression (in case you missed it after I added it to last week’s post).
When the default position is that we cannot write or speak intelligibly, we forever are covertly evaluated to prove that we can and, the policing of our words becomes kindness. It is for own on good. I know. I have the scars. Language policing is so often a relational way to reproduce power.
I naively thought that comments about Black people and language were micro-aggressions; I had not realized that they are also baked in to systemic racism.
She also talks about being tone-policed by the people who are supposed to be “on your side”. I can relate to that. Having written about making Wicca more inclusive for LGBTQIA people, it hurts more when LGBTQIA people reject my work. I think it’s because having shaped and folded themselves to fit an oppressive mould, they are afraid to unfold themselves and stretch. I know my saying that is going to offend a lot of people (if they’re even reading this) but think about it and see if it applies to you.
The thing with feathers
Dana at Druid’s Garden explores how to cope intellectually, emotionally, and practically with the realities of mass extinction and climate change.
The story of Pandora’s box has always been a favorite of mine, ever since I was little. Pandora was so curious. She just had to open the box. She just had to. And when she did, she let out all the bad things in the world: suffering, pain, war, famine, pestilence, betrayal….but she also let out one good thing: she let out hope.
Connecting with things
One of the things we can do to lessen our impact on the environment is to love and cherish the stuff we have, instead of acquiring more stuff. In “The Hidden Life of Things“, Saille Freeling at Anima Monday explores how we make connections with inanimate objects:
The way we connect to our tool, our robe, our room or our dog shapes them, leaves imprints on both of us. A connection is forged. And so it is with all things we use regularly. Our energy and intent gets added to what each thing already has, from the atoms it is made up of, its molecular structures, the structure those molecules form, its parents (corporeal or energetic) and all its experiences prior to us.
Connecting with Nature
Mark Green at AtheoPaganism (always worth reading) reminds us to go outside and connect with Nature.
Sit where the sun (or the rain, or the snow) can touch your skin, and feel it. Close your eyes, and listen for the birds, for the little sounds of Life going about its industrious unfolding.