With a twist.
The twist is that I am offering two articles together to highlight a compelling
The articles are:
You Are Worth Fighting For: Autoimmune Disorders and Self-Love
10 Ways Shame and Blame Hurts Social Justice Efforts.
As I re-read them both, a metaphoric question arose:
Are social justice movements suffering from collective autoimmune disorders?
Autoimmune diseases are characterized by the body attacking its own cells, tissues and organs.
Are we attacking ourselves?
Is “calling out” culture a symptom of a social justice autoimmune disorder?
Do we mistake activist community members for the enemy, and ruthlessly dispose of them?
Is a hostile internal atmosphere alienating precious community members?
I believe social justice projects and movements are at risk for all of this.
From Micro to Macro, Love is the Antidote
When I struggle personally with autoimmune conditions, the antidote that best supports my wellness is the consistent practice of self-gentleness and self-love.
I am inspired–and relieved–to witness several social justice projects embrace collective versions of this antidote:
Movement Strategy Center chooses to Lead With Love:
Black Lives Matter embraces self-loving Guiding Principles:
“We are committed to embodying and practicing justice, liberation, and peace in our engagements with with one another.”
Sins Invalid commits to Principles of Disability Justice, such as
Commitments to Cross Disability Solidarity, Interdependence, Collective Access, and
“Collective Liberation…where no body/mind is left behind.”
We can nourish our social justice community members, and call in our allies.
We can cut ourselves some slack and give up perfection.
Alexis Shotwell endorses this in her book Against Purity: Living Ethically in Compromised Times.
For Shotwell, letting go of personal purity means cultivating “an attitude of self-forgiveness” and liberation “from feeling like we have to do everything ourselves.”
In this moment of political and environmental crisis and dis-ease, I find both my blog articles to be timely and relevant:
Our bodies are being stressed and pressed like never before.
The need for sustainable, love-based social justice movements has never been greater.
But if one of these paths to healing calls you especially today, trust that.
Take care of it.
We need you. We need us.
Wishing us all ever-growing love and wisdom,
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