What My World's Like

Moving towards positivity and possibility

Jul
31

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Change starts with us; it starts within. I started What My World’s Like out of a desire and a need to continually see positivity and positive progression. That external change begins internally. There’s a reciprocal relationship between people and culture; each shapes the other. However, culture only changes when the people interacting with that culture change. If we desire to see a more sustainable, positive, and progressive culture, we need to become sustainable, positive, and progressive people, individually and collectively.

In his Pedagogy of the Oppressed, Brazilian educator Paulo Freire argues that the fully human act upon and transform their world.  He, at great length, discusses the cyclical nature of oppression as manifested via current pedagogies.  Oppressed people oppress.  Their idea of the fully human individual is their oppressor, so in an attempt to realize their full humanity, they become what they despised.  Just like with oppression, there is a cyclical nature to negativity, positivity, and possibility.  Negativity begats negativity, positivity begats positivity, and possibility begats possibility.

As evidenced by the several converging crises the world is faced with, we cannot maintain a wistful and passive desire for change. We cannot assume that change is impossible and do nothing. We cannot maintain the cynical “search and destroy” perspective that offers nothing of constructive value.  We must be intent on finding the good.  It has to be a continuous action that infiltrates every area of our lives.  We must also become those who create the good.  Those that inspire, that connect, comfort, heal, and transform into an even greater and grander version of ourselves than we thought was possible.  Because it is possible.

There is commonly a disconnect between who we want to be and who we are.  Please take time to seriously investigate who you’d like to be, who you are, and what you can do to bridge the gap.  Live by your ideals.

Find the good. Be inspired.

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“He who fights with monsters should be careful lest he thereby become a monster.
And if thou gaze long into an abyss, the abyss will also gaze into thee.”

Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil

3 Responses to Moving towards positivity and possibility

  1. I think Pedagogy of the Oppressed is one of the most influential literary works that exists. The concept of the delicate manifestation of oppression is so beautifully related in this book. It is a concept that I think serves to educate the (particularly) American public in ways that are much less offensive, critical and prone to trigger defenses. I think it would behoove improvement in race relations if we can understand individual, group and system dynamics that affect all of us. Particularly as we cycle ’round and ’round, spinning our own wheels, not really getting anywhere.

  2. I very much agree. As I read it, it seemed quite obvious that it should be–across the board–required reading, but especially for those going into education. At the same time, it seems quite obvious to me why it’s not required reading given a rather apparent desire to maintain the status quo.

  3. As I always say, beautifully said!

    Especially love that last bit about “Please take time to seriously investigate who you’d like to be, who you are, and what you can do to bridge the gap. Live by your ideals.”

    More people need to hear that!

    Love & Light to you as well.

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