the systems we are building now are just transition steps, not the answer

wednesday, i was having lunch with andrew and in our wide ranging conversation i was sharing a lot about this past facing race (blog post coming soon via the css blog). one of the things i was fascinated by was some stuff adrienne said about winning and losing. basically, she was like… we have to shift our thinking from the frame and winning and losing being what matter. what should matter is that we’re headed towards more and more freedom. in that process we will win sometimes and lose sometimes, but that’s not what drives us. what drives us is the perpetual forward motion towards liberation.

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dori midnight on capitalism, numbing, and endless scrolls of horror

just started listening to dori midnight’s recent interview on herbal highway. i’m already floored. these aren’t new thoughts, maybe of them i’ve actually had recently, but i love the simple way she puts it.

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book review: of water and the spirit: ritual, magic, and initiation in the life of an african shaman

this book doesn’t really boil down to main ideas to me, but if i had to try to go there, i’d say the book is about the author’s journey away from back to his faith of origin. and by journey from i mean kidnapping. in the end, malidoma gets initiated into his village’s spiritual tradition and learns to see that even though it is difficult or impossible to understand from the outside, it’s still real and important.

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book review: the power by naomi alderman

imo, the main idea of this book is that if the power hierarchy was reversed between women and men, the disparate social outcomes based on gender would exist in reverse. in summation, i actually was quite disappointed that this seemed to be the main point. the work the book does, though, is pretty incredible. it employs a fascinating mechanism, literal electrical power, to explore how the power dynamic would flip over 5-10 years. it also does deep imaginative work in questioning the idea that men have always been on top of the gender hierarchy.

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three shared rituals in 7 days... what?!?!?!?

so an interesting thing is happening. in the last seven days, 24-31 oct, i’ve been in positions to share ritual space with three different men in my life. this feels like a fundamentally new thing in my life.

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