observe. rage. grieve. despair.
observe. disbelieve. renounce. despond.
observe. shock. refuse. withdraw.
observe. minimize. trivialize. ignore.
observe. justify. believe. embrace.
observe. interrupt. repudiate. ostracize.
observe. silence. repress. sicken.
observe. examine. understand. transform.
observe. believe. organize. act.
I came to write my Slice this morning after reading some news on Twitter. I had an idea to write about how the first week of remote learning went, but I was struggling to see how that possibly mattered in light of everything horrible in the world. And there were the words from Yung Pueblo posted for inspiration at Two Writing Teachers. They felt somewhere between an affront and a challenge. How can we observe and accept right now? How is it possible to release the rage and grief I feel all day every day? Isn’t there an action step missing before transformation? I began to think about the different possible responses to reading the news this morning. I would hope that most people would be appalled and sickened, but given 45’s current decent approval ratings, clearly there are other paths for engagement with current events. I am mostly still stuck in the first line of this piece but wishing I could find organization and action.