Personally, I think it's pathetic that we (and I include myself) are all so afraid of each other. Or that we should have so much reason to be. In our country, at least, anybody other than white people must be constantly aware of potentially racist behavior, ranging from slight body language to extreme violence and even murder. Just because they fit somebody's idea of "other."
As a woman, I understand what it's like to be afraid of casual, impersonalized violence. All over the world, when countries are at war, women are the first targets for abuse, rape and murder. Little is done about it, and the crimes are often unreported, leaving the victims, if they do survive, emotionally and physically scarred. Even when war is not the status, rape and abuse of women and children are crimes that are constantly in the news, and serve to tear families apart, damage children for their entire lives, and ignite religious and political disagreement.
When I give the readings from the trees, they usually have a somewhat Buddhist take on life and its trials, which, I have to say, is not only quite alien from my own typical opinions, but serves to instruct me on how to remain, or rather achieve, a state of calm in a world that seems to constantly escalate in violence towards anything and anyone that is anything other than strong and male.
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