"this division that we make in our discourse and activism between nonviolence and violence is false. in reality our definition of violence is ‘stuff that the powers that be dont like’. and that is not a helpful paradigm for determining what tactics we should use for our survival. not only is it not helpful, it is contributing to our own demise. taking nonviolence as a fundamental dogma is an act of suicide and a support of the genocide of others.
we cannot run away from trauma, because this culture in and of itself is traumatic. our brokeness, traumatized selves, can be used by us to further destroy ourselves, or can be used as a way to let the love in and out.
something i learned from my teacher. dont call yourself a ‘healer’. no one can heal anyone else. everyone must heal themselves. all we are a ‘good set of hands’."
Thursday, 18 November 2010
all we are is a good set of hands
ohhh. mai'a. writes with such beauty and relevance.