I had a special moment this morning while I was wearing my Grace Lee Boggs t-shirt.
My son Darshan is three years old. He is biracial, and he is starting to ask questions about race and ethnicity (3 year old questions!). He thinks it’s really cool that I’m only Puerto Rican, his mom is only Chinese, but he is Puerto Rican and Chinese “at the same time!”
Today he noticed the shirt I was wearing and he started asking me who that was. He asked me if she was a really famous person, then he asked if she sings.
I told him who she was, he understood she is Chinese and probably didn’t get anything else. But I have been waiting for the moment to introduce hime to Grace, her work and her ideas.
Helpful insight from the movements convening that I’m facilitating:
When we think of being in solidarity let us make a distinction between intention and execution.
It is good to stand with someone philosophically. That is very different from actually doing something that is in solidarity.
Furthermore, once we agree that we are in solidarity, and that we actually want to do something together, know that there will be no execution without granular planning, including tasks, assignments and lines of accountability.
“If what you are following, however, is your own true adventure, if it is something appropriate to your deep spiritual need or readiness, then magical guides will appear to help you. If you say, ‘Everyone’s going on this trip this year, and I’m going too,’ then no guides will appear. Your adventure has to be coming right out of your own interior. If you are ready for it, then doors will open where there were no doors before, and where there would not be doors for anyone else. And you must have courage. It’s the call to adventure, which means there is no security, no rules.”—
Joseph Campbell, from “A Joseph Campbell Companion: Reflections on the Art of Living”
Understanding this fundamental inequality, one that trails each of us from cradle to grave, is one of the first steps to genuine, honest dialogue…
[U]nderstand that race is a weaponized social construct used to divide and deny… The ‘racial’ worldview was invented to assign some groups to perpetual low status, while others were permitted access to privilege, power, and wealth.
“A study of brain activity at the University of Colorado at Boulder showed that subjects register race in about one-tenth of a second, even before they discern gender.” This means that racial registration — and responses to any subconscious bias we may have attached to race — are most likely happening ahead of any deliberative efforts on our part to be egalitarian. [This is HUGELY important to understand]
[W]e must understand that race is not an isolated construct or consideration. Race and class, education and economics, crime and justice, and family and culture all overlap and intersect. We can’t treat the organ as if it is separate from the organism. [emphasis added]
[S]ome immunity must be granted. Assuming that the conversational engagement is honest and earnest, we must be able to hear and say things that some might find offensive as we stumble toward interpersonal empathy and understanding.
I’ve devoted my life to the idea of change, the belief in transformation. I am interested in how change works at both the personal and social levels. I often run change experiments on myself. My diet has been one of the hardest things for me to change. So I’m about to run a new experiment on myself, and I am enrolling you in it.
I’m playing with Stickk.com, an application that works with accountability mechanisms as well as with a strong disincentive.
I am a fan of the Clean Program, it is the best cleanse I get to do. But now I want to integrate the clean way of eating into my life. For the next twenty weeks I am committed to keeping three clean days per week.
If there is any week that I don’t fulfill on this commitment, then the folks at Stickk.com will send $50 to American Cross Roads, the Republican Political Action Committee founded by Karl Rove – my money will go to the total antithesis of my political stance.
This is a powerful experiment, and being public about it is integral to it. I will be reporting back to you every Sunday, for the next 20 weeks.
It is extremely rare for the attention of so many humans around the planet to be placed on the same thing at the same time. Today’s is not just a game, it’s a massive event in consciousness. Watch the game, and once in a while tune in to yourself, go just beneath the surface and you might be able to sense this global web of connection.
Attention at this scald is something that was unimaginable just 100 years ago. Consider the evolutionary implications!
Nurturing the skill to tune into and become aware of the whole is a developmental imperative. Take today to practice.
Be amazed with me! These are the organizations represented at OPEN US. Their membership in the millions. Good humans, such a privilege to facilitate this space!
18 Million Rising
Citizen Engagement Lab
Democracy for America
New Organizing Institute
Organizing for Action
Online Progressive Engagement Network (International)
Progressive Change Campaign Committee
Sun of Us
I also listened to the next segment of Seth Godin’s Modern Marketing Workshop, on Skillshare. It was titled “An Action Theory of Marketing.” I got through the segment but didn’t have a lot of energy to do the assignment.
But what if you have a coach? What if you have a solid plan for learning as you go? What if you have a community, a group of people with their own rockets to launch? What if you have all of yourself, your most present mindful self?