No person can avoid, actually, factually, being human. But a person can be unconscious of those things that make us human – including our flaws and complexities, our interconnectedness with each other and the ecosystem, and our mortality. A person can choose unconsciousness of those things in the most willful and damaging of ways, cultivating “success” without inner growth, “status” without a generative legacy. I have carried the ugliness and violence of this administration as stress in my body since 2016, and I am not alone in that. Relief sweetened my sleep last night. I’m ready for evident self-awareness and conscious humanity in office. I hope the next four years are just the beginning of a better world for us all, people animals plants land water air, no exceptions.
I want to share information about an online international storytelling event this Friday night, May 22, 8PM Eastern Standard Time, organized by the Narrative Therapy Initiative in Massachusetts. Per NTI’s website,
“For 24 continuous hours, NTI will be hosting small group conversations that span the globe. We have invited hosts for each hour who are inviting guests they value and would like to have people know about. The hosts are inviting their guests to share some small story about something meaningful to them at this time. These conversations will allow the rest of us to be introduced to people we wouldn’t otherwise get to know. The opportunity to make new relationships and grow new communities is the purpose of this initiative.”
The conversations are meant to be recorded and accessible after the fact. The NTI announcement notes that, due to its violent history, English won’t be privileged and participants may choose the language most comfortable to them. More here.
Viva la historia!