“It is very difficult for me to talk about that time because she was dying,” Victoria said from her daughter’s bedside as the thud of artillery echoed in the background. “I’ve got used to the bombing now, it’s not scary after what I’ve lived through. I watched my child almost die.
“I’m just very happy she is alive, she lived, and she understands everything. Her brain could have been damaged. It is a miracle.”
Patriotism, lately, for me and (I think) others like me, feels wrong and embarrassing, because I associate it with the worst kinds of racists and reactionaries. I could not—or at least did not bother to—imagine earnestly being a patriot, when the people who most loudly identified as patriots were people whose behavior I found abhorrent. But Booker’s speech raised an unspoken question: What else are we letting be stolen by people who are by admission of their own side “demagogic?” By its end, I was reconsidering a recent idea I’d had to put a Black Lives Matter sign up in my apartment window in the small, politically purple, rural town where I live. I am now thinking I might also put up an American flag.
I do not feel what I would consider a flag-waving kind of patriotism. Yet I do care for this country, and I am a citizen of this country. I helped start an antiracism project at my local library, and I meet with my neighbors to read books about community and against tyranny, because of something not wholly unrelated to patriotism that is absolutely rooted in love of country. What if refusing to allow the American flag to be a hate symbol is part of the active citizenship, the critical patriotism, that I am compelled by? What if it could represent not something angry and antiquated and obsessed with an old way of power, but an active, living thing that we tend and grow?
All three of us were crying, and the two staffers behind Booker, as he stared at Jackson and told her, “You have earned this spot. You are worthy. You are a great American.”
Russian soldiers have been targeting activists, journalists and local politicians in all towns and cities they have seized, with the latest victim Kostiantyn Ovsiannikov, a civic activist and journalist from Prymorsk in the Zaporizhya oblast. Ovsiannikov, the head of two local civic initiatives, had been active in the peaceful protests since Russia occupied Prymorsk on 1 March, and the invaders almost certainly knew this when they turned up at his home in the morning of 26 March. Ovsinnikov was, at least, released that evening, though the invaders have removed his computer, etc., and very likely tortured him. Other public figures, including Viktor Maruniak, Head of the Stara Zburivka Council in the Kherson oblast, Dmytro Vasyliev, Secretary of the Nova Kakhovka City Council, and 23-year-old Ihor Prusayev have not been seen since they were abducted several days ago. There are particularly grave concerns for the life and safety of Maruniak, who is being deprived of vital medication.
“Yin and yang. The dualities that make us human. As though our lives play out on an immense balance scale – move one way, the scale tips to the left, but move the other, and it swings around to the right.”
– Abramelin Keldor –
Y is for Yin- Yang
The Yin-yang is the ultimate symbol of duality. Feminine v masculine, light v dark, good v evil.
The symbol is a beautiful swirling image that flows into each other and is stamped with a dot from the opposite sides. The dot that seeps through is a reminder that in all good lurks some evil and out of all evil can be found some good.
Light and dark is the cyclical representation that shows the impermanence of all things. Think seasons or a 24 hour day. Wherever you are reading this in the world right now, you are about to witness…
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In einer gesunden Beziehung fühlt sich jede Person der anderen würdig, und jede Person passt zu den Bemühungen der anderen – nicht weil sie es müssen, sondern weil sie es wollen. Warum? Weil in dieser Vereinigung ein Gefühl der Ganzheit und Vollständigkeit liegt, und in der Vereinigung, wo zwei eins werden, findet man tiefe Wahrheiten und Erfahrungen, die größer sind als das Selbst.
Dasselbe gilt für unsere Beziehung zum Göttlichen. Die Idee, mit der Aufregung und Energie, jemanden zu sehen, den man liebt, in eine Meditation zu gehen – mit der Aufregung, eine Liebesaffäre zu haben – ist genau die Energie, die Sie dazu bringt, sich mit dem Göttlichen zu verbinden. Es ist dieser Grad an Aufregung und Enthusiasmus, das es uns näher bringt … weil es Liebe ist – und genau wie in einer Beziehung, je mehr Sie lieben, desto größer wird Ihre Liebe…
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