“I do not accept that immersion into our collective quest for things beautiful will cripple our ability to honor the right of all human beings to survive.” – June Jordan
The media travels all over the world to find the most horrendous tragic evidences of man kinds destructive ability, dress it up with music and replay the scenes over and over again. A thinking person struggles to not become hypnotized into believing it is the whole of humanity. Others will adopt its distorted views and rally around a single issue failing so see the smokescreen.
As a woman and mother of an African American male youth, daughter of the military, grand mother of the future and lover of men and women, I bear witness to the nightmares of injustice and the uphill climb for the human condition. Still my vision of a future that is flourishing in love reigns supreme. I bear witness to the realization of social justice, political equality, and the pre-manifestational evidence of true human coalitions across specialized issues, race, sex, and class. For all of its fear based dramatizations, I love the media. It creates an environment where people can see the horrors of what they do not want and creates a desire for what they do. Ultimately, it sets the stage for a whole new storyline that we all can be the director, producer, lead and gaffer.
So how do we play our part/position in the manifestation of more desired outcomes?
Stephen Covey says, “Leadership is a choice, not a position.” My first choice was to love myself enough to want to see the love in others. Then I chose to inspire love in others so that they to can be leaders. Even those labeled unlovable. Self love and self worth is the necessary precursor to loving another and forging the alliances and coalitions desired across gender, race, class and any other group dynamic. And finally, I began to see the upheavals and unrest in the world through a different lens. it is a call to rally aSometimes, things have to be shaken not stirred for people to take action. The universe shows us this with civil unrest and mother earth shows us this by shaking things up.
Lets look at earthquakes.
The Koran says that when an earthquake occurs, every atom of evil will be known and every atom of good will be known. The Bible speaks of earthquakes as the beginning of birth pains. It says that the foundations of prison will shake and immediately all the doors will open and everyone’s bonds were unfastened. Taken literally or figuratively a prison is a place of confinement. That can be physical or mental. Every atom means you , me, the trees, the bad ones, the good ones the evil ones. Shaking things up so that we can see with clarity, everything and everyone for what they truly are. Then we can make a choice on who we want to be.
There is an opera-musical hybrid called I was looking at the ceiling and then I saw the sky . The characters are as diverse as the music which consist of jazz, blues, gospel, funk and pop. It explores the issues of race, gender and immigration from the perspective of a reformed gang leader; a Baptist minister; a cop who is also a community activist; a Vietnamese-American Legal Aid defense attorney; an African-American graduate student working as a family planning counselor in an abortion clinic; a TV crime-as-news reporter; and an undocumented immigrant mother of two from El Salvador. The backdrop is the aftermath of the 1994 Earthquakes. Within the confines of the opera-musical the characters find a way to embrace hopefulness not for one day but for the day. It was not the color of their skin or where they were born or their position or whose people were persecuted the most. They have a singular platform embodying hopefulness which is a step toward love.
June Jordan (1936 – 2002) an openly bisexual poet, activist, journalist, essayist, and teacher is an integral part of this production said once:
“No one ever presented me with a single Black author, poet, historian, personage, or idea for that matter. Nor was I ever assigned a single woman to study as a thinker, or writer, or poet, or life force. Nothing that I learned, here, lessened my feeling of pain or confusion and bitterness as related to my origins: my street, my family, my friends. Nothing showed me how I might try to alter the political and economic realities underlying our Black condition in white America.”
In another interview later she offered, “I know that there are all these different components embodied by all of us, and I also know the tremendous positive possibilities of people working together.”
I believe if we keep our eyes looking up eventually they will go out into the vastness of the universe where love is waiting to be uncovered.
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