When Healing Means Finding Your Role in the (R)evolution

Updated: Feb 8, 2021

Updated: Jun 5, 2020

As I write this, more than 75 cities across the nation are smoldering after a night of protests that sometimes turned violent, a response to structural violence. To many of us, it has been clear for some time that our political, economic, religious, and even our scientific/health systems are broken and corrupt, perhaps beyond repair. And not only in the United States, but around the world.

Many are clamoring for a revolution. I call instead for an evolution. We have had revolutions in the past, and they have never been successful at creating systems that function equitably, as our current situation demonstrates. In a country founded on genocide and land theft, an economy that continues to depend on enslavement and exploitation, religious institutions that repulse people away from God instead of bringing them closer, scientific research that is centered on white bodies, funded by taxes, and enriching corporations, and politicians who represent all of those special interests, it is about time we considered different options. Evolving is what will open up paths for new ways of living. The only place to start is from within. We must be willing to look inside the mirror, before we look outside the window, to see what's going on. If we want to have a chance at creating something new, sometimes the old has to be first disposed of, clearing the ground for a new creation. In order to evolve and to heal through the journey, it is important to understand what is our role to play in dismantling systems of oppression. These options are not all-inclusive, they are place to start. They demonstrate that there is more than one way to achieve a goal, and that everyone’s unique gifts and talents are helpful and needed in a time that is demanding the best of ourselves. Only you can determine what is your role to play. If anyone else get to decide for you, then the first step is to liberate yourself from whatever is currently dominating your life to the point that you feel you are left without options. Because it is a lie that you don't have options:

You ALWAYS have a choice.