So true. The #pandemic has revealed whose inability to cope with disruption & loss of (false sense of) control results in their need to assert online control of others

I see so much uptick of low value & harmful policing behaviors. It is waste

We could solve problems at scale
I fully believe that those who harm others through control are suffering themselves. Most forms of abuse, including overcontrol and overpolicing are from own anxiety, fear, inability to feel safe -> control over others

But instead of spreading fear, could focus on solutions
It requires a tolerance of risk and growth mindset to thrive and stay creative in chaos, disruption

..amid constant failure of what should be trusted systems and authorities

Those who experienced the least harm from (even then harmful) systems are the most unable to cope now
Those of us who have experienced repeated harm from systems, people in authority, from labels or limits defined by others

have had to develop skill sets to survive and thrive in uncertainty

we’ve needed to function when nothing and no one seems reliable or safe

This is not new
The divide between those unable to cope when false perception of control removed by world-wide disruption
those whose lives are often disrupted and uncertain
is telling

This is why who is at “the table” matters and why representation cannot be token

Lived experience matters

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