“We must kill our babies, sometimes in violent and fantastical ways. We must embody the shadow, putting on the hockey mask and becoming the villain until we have laid waste to what doesn’t serve us, our family, or our community.”
“We need to prepare for the fact that the battle against prejudice and injustice may never end, but the fact that we fought it makes us victorious. We need to have each other’s backs (and each other’s phone numbers).”
At a time in my adolescence when religion was unspoken in the small, rural towns of Wisconsin and “monks” were something that existed in another (very ancient) time, the monastery stood as a monolithic symbol of everything I feared about religion. But years later, my mind would change.
The more we distance ourselves from our neighbor, the more we estrange ourselves. The more we unfriend people who disagree with us, the more we create gaps and echo chambers and an inability to engage in meaningful and transformative dialogue.
When we choose not to talk about the diversity that defines us, we experience more repression, more polarity and more intolerance.
“MLK did not tell us that love would gently wash the hate away. He did not tell us to hug it out. He told us to drive it out. And this requires action.”
“There are no words to express how simultaneously star struck and disappointed by his attitude I was. But, Gene Simmons got bumped so I could sleep in, and that’s kind of cool.”