029: Three Productive Things To Do When You Care Far Too Much About Something Absolutely Beyond Your Control.
It's no secret, that I am socially awkward. The commercial focus of dominant culture just doesn’t appeal to me. At all.
And even more than that, it actually erodes my well-being.
So I made some drastic changes -- to accommodate my monkish ways -- and I work from home as an independent writer and lavish listener. (If you are under-listened to -- and who isn't?? -- you should check out my offering.)
A client recently asked me to write about the irresponsibility of Western filmmakers and media who popularize a harmful idealized myth of Gandhi.
I Decided To Write About The Root. Not A Petal.
Fifteen years ago I sat in a graduate World Religion class and, on the day we were introduced to Hinduism, I was horrified. Nothing could have prepared me for the explanation of caste. My heart broke for the VOICELESS at the very BOTTOM of this diabolical structure:
The question "How are you?" is PROFOUND.
But it has been watered-down to a synonym for "Hello."
Forced or fake auto-responses of obligated okay-ness are expected.
(And if you are going through something tragic, it really doesn't matter! Every social encounter OPENS with this well-established Ritual of Insincerity.)
The question "How are you?" prompts an answer that begins with "I AM _____________."
This means many times each day, you are invited to SPEAK THE MOST POWERFUL STATEMENT that can be spoken of yourself.
And the socially-expected thing to do, is be QUICK + SLICK with your answer.
For a change... TAKE YOUR TIME, and tell your truth. ✍🏾