When first we practice to deceive and misbelieve and dominance achieve…
Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never - in nothing, great or small, large or petty - never give in, except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy. -Sir Winston Churchill October 29, 1941
In my tiny protected isolated privileged hillside corner speck of the world, this is how I respond to today:
- I examine the things I am using everyday looking for how I am contributing to inhumane actions
- I am writing to the companies which I have invested in as a consumer to make them aware of my knowledge of their investments into profiting off of groups/countries who are contributing to inhumane actions
- I am asking myself to take action to no longer participate with those companies (beyond the “grab-your-wallet” crew)
Starbucks heard from me first, since I popped in there earlier today as a treat for SonHerisme.
Dear Starbucks, As a frequent Starbucks patron for years (including two trips to see your original Seattle store!), I will no longer be using any Starbucks products due to your connection with China who supports the brutal Russian invasion of the Ukraine. I have stood by this company for years, but will no longer do so until you publicly break any ties you have with business or products from or with China or Russia.
Other than pray, meditate, pour love into SonHerisme, take care of myself, ParentsHerisme and their puppies, the rest of the family and friends… I do not know what else to do. My soul hurts. Afghanistan. Yemen. Palestine. Ukraine. All of the places with all of the unnecessary malevolent carnival of contemptible heinous devastating hurts.
What are we doing to each other?
Love, Ms. Herisme xoxo
Masks will no longer be required in our schools as of tomorrow. We have 3 & 4 year-olds in most of our schools, who are not eligible for vaccines. Our High Schools have preschools. Our Elementary Schools have preschools. I do not understand what in the actual fuck we are doing.
Harari’s article is how I see the things.
Tonight I will write more letters, make the dinner, do the laundry, hug my tiny newborn giant boy-teen-man-bear, cover my head with my extra fuzzy cozy pile of blankets, and pray for all of us. Please dear humans, let us make better choices. We can be a different kind of carnival of animals. Please and Thank You. Sincerely, everyone who cares about anyone and all of the sweet children and non-whitemale parents in Texas