also, I updated the group tonight that I now consider myself agnostic instead of atheist, and one person joked that she bet it was a really good IPA - or maybe KBS - that made me believe in a god. Then she said it must’ve been the fact that I actually got a job in my field. And that I got a full ride into grad school. Basically, yeah, my life is really great and I’m so lucky, and I definitely have someone - something - to thank for it. me? my community? some positive karmic force? No idea, but yeah, my unbelievable good fortune is a pretty good reason for becoming agnostic rather than atheist. I don’t know, I won’t know, there’s probably no answer to discover, and even if there is, how will I know? Just gotta be grateful along the way.
spent hours tonight strategizing with & sharing stories with fellow organizers for social justice in GR at a local middle-eastern food shop. those people, I realize again and again after these meetings, are just..my people. we may not agree on everything. but we care about making a difference in our community and for communities around the world. and they’re all so thoughtful, truly impressive visionaries for a more peaceful & equitable world.
This clip honestly made me so much more informed and I went from (embarrassingly) having the lazy cop-out defense of, “well, we probably need some drones for national/international security, and the government is in a tough place and has to do what it has to do” - to - “okay this is so illegal and so inhuman that as Americans that value freedom and human dignity we should in no way stand for this drone program”
tonight I stayed up late to read a paper on “From Safe Spaces to Brave Spaces: A New Way to Frame Dialogue Around Diversity and Social Justice” — and two weeks from tonight I’ll be starting one of my first grad school courses on “Power and Privilege in Self and Society” — and ohhh boy I am really nerding out because this is the most interesting and valuable stuff to shape a worldview, sheeeeesh! ah I just love learning & school!!