What determines who is normal and who is not?
How do we as a society determine that this person or that person deviates from “the norm”?
And how does this inevitable “deviation” from the norm end up having value assigned to it by society?
“A person is oppressed when they are held back, either physically or psychologically, from the goals they aspire to, and the norms of society … oppression is closely linked to devaluation and loss of power.” (Al Condeluci, in “Interdependence”, pg. 16)
So how do we attend to what is precious to us? Our physical, emotional, and spiritual health? Of our communities and ourselves?
We must wake up. We must become mindful about who we are, what we are doing, and the consequences of what we do and how we do them. We are all connected. Everything that happens to one part has resounding effects through the whole; individually and as a community.
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