“The oppressors do not perceive their monopoly on having more as a privilege which dehumanizes others and themselves. They cannot see that, in the egoistic pursuit of having as a possessing class, they suffocate their own possessions and no longer are; they merely have.
~ Paolo Freir in Pedagogy of the Oppressed
I’ve been moving into a space where, when I read something like this and it resonates (which by the way Pedagogy of the Oppressed is a must read if you ask me) the next step is to not place myself separate from that which is criticized, but look inside and find that place in me that is that which is doing harm, and start there, with acknowledging that I am that, and not hurting myself for it, but starting there, and beginning the long, or perhaps instantaneous journey of discarding that way of being from the inside out. I do suspect, that any time someone truly despises something, is not just indifferent or concerned about it but despises it, it is because it is in them and they are afraid of that. I despise capitalism. I am a person in a capitalist society struggling to escape the far-reaching effects of my capitalist choices. I get livid when I think critically about the system. I know that I am the system. It’s like that movie, and real life, American Beauty, where the father of the camera guy hates gay people vehemently and in the end you see he’s just been hating himself. Maybe we’re all just gay. Just kidding, that is not my point, we are a diverse mush of love orientations and that is perfect. But what I am trying to say is, all the work isn’t on the outside, it’s mostly on the inside. But you knew that.