We were often told to not bring work home but we brought the worst of our family and community power dynamics into work and replicate these abusive, often patriarchal, misogynistic, abled, non-compassionate, and very classicist ways of being into "work".
When workplaces become everyday battlegrounds. Where schools are no longer places we can safely learn in.
When friendship and partnerships work like contracts.
When languages and communication in community is stepping into minefields and bombshells.
This is not living.
Communities, regardless of whether it's home, school, workplace, shared spaces, public spaces all deserve to reflect love, compassion, dignity and reflection.
Converging is stronger than diverse. Cells will tell you that. Viruses will show you that. "Being together" takes more than brain intention. It takes body coordination.
Yes we are diverse but are we able to converse and converge with each other, the way trees and oceans do?
Yes we are no longer multi-cultural. Instead, we are over-cultured by doctrines of power disproportion, all so we could send rockets to space, and give Thank You messages.
The workplace is the school place is the home place is the public place is the heart space of our being.

Beyond diversity is the exploration of converging and conversing.


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