Tod and I talk about some specific stats and how to keep moving forward…
Tod and I go into more detail about the term “Institutionalized Rasism” and talk about a few concrete examples of how it looks and what effects it has.
Questions that come to mind are:
Who sets policy and guidelines for content for educational materials? How could that person being aware of the implications of the content that they are producing make a difference in this process?
Think about the prison system; the educational system; political system; the economic system: What positions and roles can contribute to positive change regarding the postures and attitudes that these systems assume in how they develop and implement policy?
I look forward to hearing from you!
Welcome again, family!
I am thoroughly appreciative to allow you who have been readers, commenters and sharers of the Reflection Phase of this blog. We will have a few more posts of that kind over the next couple weeks, and again in the future, but for the next while it has become apparent that the most timely thing is for us to now engage in an Action Phase.
What that means is that what will be most valuable for those of us here looking to see the world become a better place in this phase is learning WHAT YOU ARE PREPARED TO DO. There are iterative processes of theory and action going on here. Without some theory, we have little to focus on and test…without action, we don’t get to see if any of it is practical. It is time to do something.
The challenge of the team at Steady Flow will be to develop and craft content that asks good questions about the systems that exist in our neighborhoods, towns, cities and countries. The challenge that we pose to you is to consider and share your learning about questions such as these:
1. What do you need to see change most about your life or where you live?
2. WHAT ARE YOU PREPARED TO DO to improve those things?
3. What concrete support do you need to improve conditions in your environment?
4. What can you do to shake off the shackles of passivity and voyeuristic patterns, and rather plug in to the people around you and start building something truly just and connected?
This is just an intro to where we are going for a while. I will understand if some folks don’t feel prepared yet to engage in action, but I encourage you to participate in discussions and share your concrete learning as you feel ready. This phase is not about being comfortable. It is about flexing muscles that you may not have worked in a while, if at all. I am willing to give my all throughout this phase, and it would be very encouraging if you “builders” out there would join me in this growth process. You will likely begin to hear some other voices arise in this space, and if you’d like to join the creative team, please comment saying so, and you will be contacted by email.
Regardless of your race, gender, economic bracket or education level, I believe that all of you are noble, and capable of amazing things if you stand up to do something.
Let’s give it a try.
Listening to National Public Radio while you're driving can be hazardous. Once again I almost drove off the road. The reporter was talking about a fourteen year old girl in Pakistan, hunted down and shot by the Pakistani Taliban for the offense of going to school. I was enraged. In spite of myself, all manner of hostile thoughts filled my mind.
Tod and I continue our discussion on Race and the Intergenerational Gap. Enjoy!
This post can also be viewed along with other marvelous content at Nineteen Months!
“O SON OF SPIRIT! Noble have I created thee, yet thou hast abased thyself. Rise then unto that for which thou wast created.”
As I interact with my human family in this very fascinating world, I am faced with the dilemma that the above quote seems to encapsulate perfectly…that we are all created noble, but have to learn to arise from the abasement that we’ve gotten ourselves into. That abasement comes in all forms from abuse to oppression to negligence and all kinds of hurtful experiences that we may put ourselves and each other through.
So the burning question stands: How do we arise out of this lost sense of nobility? What behaviors, systems and practices are we collectively consenting to or engaging in that keep us from our noble destiny? What are our associations with even the word “noble”? How many names have we called ourselves and each other; how many judgements (more…)
Here, Colby and I have a back and forth about how we look at money(as a means or an end), and explore some possible healthy postures surrounding gaining more wealth and saving where it counts.
To my atheist and agnostic family: God gets mentioned here. It’s not to exclude you or create discomfort…that’s just where we’re coming from on that. There are other valid sources of inspiration to serve one’s fellow man, I know.
I look forward to hearing your thoughts. Enjoy!
Here, Colby and I finish out this part of the Finance conversation, which is a continuation of Wealth and Poverty and Religion and Culture. It has been quite fun hearing folks’ thoughts on these last couple posts! Enjoy!
Here, I go into some of the postures and attitudes surrounding the conversation on wealth and poverty, which is a continuation from the last video post on Religion and Culture…Enjoy!
So, here we are…A year after this space was carved out for you, I and anyone else who dared to explore the world of the unknown…
Where “What you don’t know that you don’t know” reigns firmly and lovingly. I’ll say for my part that this year has been gorgeous in so many ways, and has also provided serious signs of room for growth. Gorgeous because there was a start, and gorgeous because there really have been some good conversations that at least I was able to have with some of you who I might not have otherwise. I got to hear some views that were different from my own. I got to interview some really fun folks on camera and prepare for more opportunities to engage in similar dialogue with others…Challenging because at the end of the day there are very few things that we can presume to say with too much confidence that we “know”…and not everyone is ready to accept that…
I hope this year brings more. I hope to get to know some folks who visit better as we interact in this strangely intimate yet distant and cold space…
So I ask this of you…what would you want to hear more about? What themes and subjects would you like to see more of here? Anything that we should go deeper into?
I am looking to this New Year dawning to bring forth beautiful fruit, and I pray to keep my sights on my intention and purpose. I thank you for joining me on that path…
Tyree and I conclude our conversation talking a little about reassessment, dialogue and some of what this blog is about. Thanks for joining us!
I’m normally reluctant to approach a loaded topic that easily becomes divisive, but I do want to open this space up to explore on it…
I will say up front that no conversation on race(among MANY other topics) is complete, and would be poorly served to be concluded with shallow and superficial treatments on what the deeper roots and causes are of the funny part of our collective experience that we call race.
Here’s a small bit from a conversation I had with a friend, where he asked me a pointed question about my experience with race:
Tyree lets me talk his ear off on some thoughts I have about race and prejudice…last one with Tyree coming soon!
Tyree and I continue our discussion from the previous post about each individual’s walk within a community…
Tyree “Paladon” Byndom and I explore elements of the experience of the Individual and the Community.
More to come!
“When one is released from the prison of self, that is indeed freedom, for that is the greater prison. When this release takes place, then one cannot be outwardly imprisoned.”
An element of life that manages to come up countless times in conversations I have is the things on which we place value. Some things are measurable like televisions, video game consoles, household income and the like. Then come the things that are much harder to measure like service, kindness, intelligence, spirit, security love and quality time. Some of these things can be essential to one’s feelings about quality of life; others can feel essential to aspiring to higher standards of behavior and living. I feel that each individual must engage in a meaningful and thorough introspective search in order to identify the needs one has that can determine where value lies.
There are some whose feelings regarding security lie at the base of what they value, and many of the things they feel joy from, connection to, and attraction to have everything to do with how much security comes with the relationships they form and how those relationships (more…)