We're in a moment where who we are at our core has been exposed, scales have fallen from our eyes, and we see ourselves and each other for who we truly are. Our character is standing out in the open, raw, vulnerable, stripped bare of pretense or fantasy. Some of us have been jarred awake by a reality we have been avoiding, a reality that we thought was not ours to own or find ourselves a part of. What's been exposed are the implicit things in our hearts and minds we've suppressed or ignored as we've been deluded by the fantasy of "but that's not me". And many of us, too many of us, have been branded in a new way by this delusion as our brothers and sisters placed their delusion and fantasies above our lived realities, marking us as soft targets. It's in these moments that the awakened are presented with a set of choices: allow the jarring to keep us awake and embolden us to resist the normalization of hate, or allow it to fortify our defenses of self-interest and retreat even further into the fantasy that we are not the Other, and their fight is not our own. My challenge to those newly awake: resist the siren call to turn away from or suppress what's shifting inside of you. Turn instead to face your true self. Look at what has shaped you/your worldview (family, culture, lived experience) and ask yourself how all of it has shaped your core values. What can you keep? What needs refining? What needs to be abandoned? What are you for? What's rooting itself inside you as you react to impact of last week and how can you use it to dismantle and erect?
And my challenge to those who live life branded Other by social constructs and norms that threaten our existence: Who are you? How can you show up for yourself? What keeps you rooted to your fullest self in moments like these? Where are your supports? What are you for? What is rooting itself inside of you as you react to the impact of last week and how can you use it to fortify & fight for yourself & your community? This is the moment we are facing: how will you (and I) respond?