We acknowledge that oppression is real and that some of us reap unequal benefits from a legacy of privilege. In order for growth and transformation to take place, we must understand and change the ways oppressive systems harm and disconnect us from ourselves, from each other, and from the earth.
We can all do our part to create a future where women, and transgender people feel safe from sexual violence, where people of color can engage law enforcement without fear of violence or harassment, where heterosexual love is not assumed as default, where the gender assigned to us at birth won’t be given priority over the ways we choose to self-identify.
Our emerging culture has been inspired by the concept of ‘being the change.’ We can also see, in that inspiring mantra, potential for a dangerous trap. As we do our inner work to be that change, and connect blissfully with those who share our vision of transformation, we cannot turn our backs on the outer world. If we do, then the change we are being is detachment, a deepening of the very separation we wish to dissolve.