Read something. A book, a magazine, the back of the cereal box, the newspaper, that post your friends are all reposting, the blog Â you’re so behind on, the erotic stories that turn you on, the childhood favorite you’ve already read a million times, the book you borrowed from a friend and should get back to them, the instructions on how to do something crafty or arty, the voter’s pamphlet, the HR policies of the new company or agency you’re getting at a job at to make sure they do right by LGBTQ people, the posters on the walls of your favorite social gathering place, the stories people of color write about living under racism, the stories indigenous people write about living on a continent they had rights to before invaders came and made them second or third class citizens, read about history, read about the rise of fascism in Europe and the rise of communism and the rise of democracy and how any political system can be perverted by greedy people who already have the most privilege but want more, read about people in different countries, from different states, from different classes, with different histories and contexts and expectations and biases and assumptions, read. Â FUCKING READ IT ALL.
Reading is smart. Â Read to children, your own or others. Read to show them it’s fun, to show them reading is meaningful, to animate stories for them, to create worlds and characters for them, read to show them the world as it exists and the worlds that could exist.
And after you read, think. Â Think about how there are no new stories and yet people keep writing, think about how history repeats itself, think about your privilege, think about the assumptions you make and the ways your thinking is biased by privilege you have the most trouble seeing, think about how to unpack it, think about how to acknowledge that your perspective and assumptions do not apply universally across the world or the universe. Think about the fact that we are more alike than we are different, we all are born and breathe and consume and shit and fowl our nests one way or another.
Think, read, think, read, think, repeat. Â Sit still and think. Â Watch the clouds and think. Â Watch people and think. Â Feel the blood in your veins and the breath in your chest and think. Think about the fact that all feelings are valid. Â Think about meeting people where they are. Â Think about what you’ve read and how it has opened your mind and your heart and see if it doesn’t enable you to meet people where they are. Â Look people in the eyes when you speak to them. Â Connect as one living solidity of stardust to another.
Think, read, breathe, connect. Â Repeat.
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