There’s a middle way?
Something I have written about a lot in the past – from a third culture immigrant perspective, living in a liberal democracy – is how to view and use individualism positively in the context in which I live.
When I started scribbling here on this blog in 2010, I was fascinated by the power of our thoughts to construct our realities, and the power of creativity, art and story to shape our individual lives, our communities, and collective future.
By this I mean: every single one of the problems humanity has created and is grappling with, began with the problem of flawed subjective human consciousness.
In order to transcend the blindspots and destructive thinking that comes with that – blindspots and destructive thinking that consolidates systemic oppression by dominant groups against marginalised groups – we have to find ways to show people their blindspots, and raise their consciousness beyond them.
To a great extent, this means influencing individuals to examine their thinking, their assumptions, and the blind spots they possess. It may include encouraging individuals to question and interrogate the thinking and status quo of the family, social circles, groups, communities, and broader society they are a part of.
So, beyond decolonising my own mind and investigating holistic Black empowerment (and the holistic empowerment of marginalised groups in general), a lot of my personal reading and writing here will be driven by my need to:
A. Understand why people with certain types of power, certain types of privilege, or hostility towards marginalised groups, think the way they think towards those groups; and
B. Find and understand ways we can change that power dynamic and create understanding in the minds of the privileged.