mid-15c., from Latin obliviosus” forgetful, that easily forgets; producing forgetfulness,” from oblivion
Sometimes it takes a hard smack upside the head to get my attention.
My friends, I suspended writing the Bounce blog for a while. Not because I don’t care about you and our discussions about resilience. I’ve been gone because I became oblivious (in the old sense) due to happiness!
I wasn’t unhappy before, but since I last wrote, I met the love of my life, got married, and I’m living happily ever after with her.
Despite my ongoing joy in a loving marriage, my greater world has been shattered by the devastating election of a racist, xenophobic, sexist, lying reality TV star to become the next leader of our beloved country.
So here’s the thing: I am returning to writing about resiliency and how we bounce back in this world. But my posts will be decidedly more about the American political condition than my past helpful but generic writings about resiliency.
I realize that some of you will unsubscribe from Bounce.
And that’s okay.
Ignorance is not bliss—it is oblivion. Philip Wylie
Because I remember again—snapped out of my oblivion—how very important my country is and my fellow Americans are. And I will not stand idle; I will not allow my voice to be silent.
I echo the words my wife wrote in a recent Facebook post after the election: “I will act up, speak out, and accept nothing less than liberty and justice for all.”
As a foundation for Bounce, let me be clear about what I do not accept as a part of liberty and justice for all:
I do not accept: racism
I do not accept: xenophobia
I do not accept: misogyny
I do not accept: intolerance
I do not accept: exclusivity
I do not accept: homophobia
I do not accept: violence
I do not accept: any other form of “going low”
In coming posts, we will learn how to be resilient in the midst of a culture that appears to be changing for the worse. We will learn together how to promote inclusiveness, tolerance, forgiveness, non-violent activism, and mutual understanding.
I anticipate that only a small percentage of you will stay with me.
Are you in?
Photo of Ani DiFranco: Susan Alzner
Quote: Angela Davis