I was speaking to a friend in Gaza and he told me that his little cousin is writing her name all over her body with her markers, just in case she gets blown up and no one can identify her. She is 11 years old. 11. The psychological pain and trauma the palestinian children go through is absolutely repulsive.
Thinking a lot about this.
There’s a folktale I love where a poor man with a large family is feeling frustrated with all the noise and commotion in his house. He goes to a wise person to seek council. The wise person offers an answer: Do you have a chicken? he says. Yes, says the man. Bring it into your house, he says. This will help. So he does.
He goes back the next day and says to the wise person, Now it’s even noisier than before! The wise person says Do you have a pig? The man says Yes. Bring it into your house, says the wise person. This will help. So he does.
He goes back the next day and says to the wise person, Now it’s even WORSE than before! The wise person says Do you have a cow? The man says Yes. Bring it into your house, says the wise person. This will help. So he does.
He goes back the next day and says to the wise person, Life has become completely untenable! I can’t move a muscle in my own house and the noise is unbearable! So the wise person says Hmm. Take the chicken and the pig and the cow out of your house and put them back in the yard.
So he does. It’s like a miracle. The house feels roomy and quiet. The man is grateful.
I don’t want to minimize the amount of healing and hope Capt. Johnson brought to Ferguson last night. Those are real people who need and deserve a break. But I also feel like I can hear white liberals all over the country closing their laptops with a satisfied sigh and I don’t want to be that person.
this quote was preceded by this
Among men, misogyny hides in plain sight, and not just because most men are oblivious to the problem or callous toward its impact. Men who objectify and threaten women often strategically obscure their actions from other men, taking care to harass women when other men aren’t around.
which is probably the more important point