Important to Read and Be Vigilant

Friends. I am not okay, we are not okay, this is not okay. Our nation and our globe are in trouble.

Our mountain was defiled with horrendous racist, anti-Semitic, pro-Trump graffiti. Here in wacky hyper-liberal western Massachusetts, one of the blue-est states. People of color, Blacks, Muslims, women, gay people, people in the sights of Trump and his followers have been harassed, yelled at, grabbed, assaulted, wronged in every way this week all over the USA.

Am sorting through thoughts and feelings. I've been thinking about the vast human capacity to normalize and incorporate pain and trauma, and how that is playing out in our nation, our world, and in my own brain and heart.

This article is really important and I hope everyone will read it and be vigilant:
Autocracy: Rules for Survival by Masha Gessen, New York Review of Books
Save it and read again when you find yourselves (as I do and will) going on as usual with a new normal. "Whenever you find yourself thinking, or hear others claiming, that he is exaggerating, that is our innate tendency to reach for a rationalization. This will happen often: humans seem to have evolved to practice denial when confronted publicly with the unacceptable."

Love, M.


  1. An excellent article, Marian. We are going day by day, now. Let's stay alert for times we need to protect the vulnerable - though we are all vulnerable in such a climate.

  2. survival? I guess so. sometimes, though, in a fight.... that's not paramount.

    gonna have to see.

    my mom always wanted me to keep my head down. she lived through Japanese occupation in Hong Kong during WW2, so understandable, and then had to deal with ostracism (not Chinese enough there, not white enough back in Philly), sexism (a woman, doing what?), and then racism again (married to an Asian in America in the 60's and 70's.

    but maybe the time for ducking is over. I mean, look where we are now ~

  3. We are living through hard times.. this crisis has been a few years in the making but it is reaching a point of no return.. I think we all feel like the Western world is poised on the brink of major confrontation. So sad to see it revolving around race and creed. Did we learn nothing about polarization and its consequences in the 20th Century?

  4. It is frightening.


Thank you for sharing your thoughts!