Sunday, October 23, 2011

trouble contemplation

I don't think I've written much that was good since I came here.

Which is alright; it's not like I haven't been getting plenty else done. The breakneck speed isn't always good for me, though. I am living in a flood, and so far my best writing comes from long percolation.

In my nonexistent free time I'm reading Delusions of Gender. It convinces me of what I already knew but constantly doubted; this world really is stacked against women.

And poor people, and brown people. And neurologically divergent people, and disabled people. And fat people. And people with unsupportive families. And, god knows, adult survivors of child abuse.

The question is how to live gracefully in a world that's stacked against you--not in a moment when the column of tanks is about to mow you down, but all the years and months and days and moments before that. How do you stay hardworking and reasonable and uncompromisingly kind, and not take it laying down?

How do you live?

1 comment:

  1. That's either a rhetorical question, or a very difficult question, or a very easy question.

    Yes, there is injustice, and it is so unconsciously held that it is difficult to even talk about. If this were overt, explicit, and verbal, it could be easily pointed out. However, these injustices aren't that, they are the things people want to smooth over as non-existent, or that do not fit into the simplified models they want to push. And yes, entire books could be written on this question.

    The easy answer is "just do it". Is that an absurd answer too? Probably. But, it is an answer.

    That book really looks very interesting.