When did resolved hardness become a virtue? Was there some Thomistic meeting declaring unadulterated truth forever that I missed? If our short democratic experiment taught us anything, we should know how fragile and laborious it is to build societal trust. Any diamond-like society forgets one must invite the other to the table every day. Share a meal, understand their fears, hopes, and dreams, and build a community together.

When the Roaring is Weeping

Weeping by Bright Blue written by Dan Heymann in 1987 as protest song during Apartheid South Africa

Protests are often sketched as violence. Sensationalism highlights the confrontation with systems, peoples, and infrastructure emerging from them. Marchers are roaring through the streets, uncivilized, and out of control. But such rallies are often more weeping than roaring. Like tears, a group of bodies floods roads. They have no other recourse for the depth of their mourning.

Shouting “I”

We may say broadly that free thought is the best of all the safeguard against freedom

Slavoj Žižek

Those who shout “I” the loudest have little “I.” The cult of hyper-individualism forgets its reliance on various structures. Everything is for me, a “me,” which would not exist without others. Knowing I become through human and non-human others helps me remember freedom is a gift—one which is given to me and one which I should share.