It’s 2 days before the US elects another president. And it’s hard to pretend that social justice and human rights aren’t just below my level of awareness almost every moment of waking life.
That most of us are hopeful and unsure, afraid of what will happen to our country for the next 4 years. Because either way the pendulum cuts there’s still a schism. Another rip within and without.
One clearer path to human rights and freedom- because that’s what both sides think but that’s not the reality.
There’s a lot who would rather live in superficiality and paying homage to a mortgage and patriarchal boot-licking. Not in the hot way either.
That when I’m glazed over during inert conversations I am not contemplating, dreaming, and conspiring for human liberation, for everyone to have their needs met, bed, Bath & Beyonce.
That on some level I’m praying and believing that all internal & external pain & suffering will be eliminated for all people.
If even just within the small populations I work with as a social worker, or people I interact with every day. Even when I’m angry and disappointed by them.
Yet, I’ve been doubting our collective power, my voice, & ability to continue writing about social justice and human liberation.
What is one voice or a few thousand voices crying out in the desert going to do? What is the efficacy of our votes in an intentionally abusive & suppressive political machinery intent on breaking the human spirit.
Are Instagram and social media just glamourized echo-chambers? Like are we actually teaching anyone anything? Is talking about social justice, the fight for human rights, is any of it even worth the effort?
Like how are the billions of dollars spent on entertainment and sports but our nation “doesn’t have the money to help make sure people are clothed and have food to feed their children?”
No, our priorities are all wrong. We live in a culture of dichotomous greed- one in which we have to numb ourselves from every day and put to sleep at night.
Are any of us fucking listening?
I just don’t understand why people aren’t passionate about human rights.
What else is more important than setting your fellow humans free???
And in the myriad ways that this can unfold?
And there are so many beautiful people around the world who’s voices will never get heard. Are not being heard now outside city halls, and in homes where love and abuse can and do coexist; Because it kills me inside to love this goddamn beautiful Earth and also go about our day like people aren’t dying in the streets being killed by another vehicle of systemic oppression.
That laws are being constructed and torn asunder by mole-men shrouded in halls that nepotism built.
America was founded in throes of Barbarism. A country where Black people were forced into lives of generational slavery and treated and killed as second citizens from then on, women have been suppressed, immigrants discarded, Indigenous people and their cultures decimated, degradation of people of LGBTQIA identities, persecution of with people experiencing mental or physical disability, basically a country where if you’re not a rich white man it kind of sucks.
Because we live in a country more committed to war crimes than committed to its own citizens.
A country that freely commits war crimes on its own people will do so anywhere else.
We’re not the good guys history has made America out to be. Because that history was told by the ones who are running the show!
What I’ve come to see is that we all have been born with generational blinders. Our communities and states inform the culture which entrains selective truths & manipulated lies we are cultivated to believe and spew forward to propagate a Capitalist agenda.
The ONLY REASON I’m SPEAKING IS BECAUSE YOU’RE NOTTTTT.
Because once you have seen the truth of how this world really works you can either lie to yourself that it doesn’t exist or you can sit with the truth of injustice every day like many others who have bore witness to various oppressions.
The desire for human liberation scorches within me that at times it’s all I can think about. Because once you have seen the real truth and have been set free how can you leave your brothers and sisters in mental, physical, and spiritual tyranny?
When you found true liberation from the false and unnecessary systems of thought and religious belief you were subjected into believing.
How can you stay silent when you were silent for so long and now know what it’s like to be free?