One of my fb “friends” recommended this video. I watched it, following this beautiful little survivor’s moving story until the end, when I sensed it turn false, as if someone had put her up to it.
“Be the change you wish to see.”
“What are you waiting for.”
Unfortunately, these two exhorations are so common now as memes, that the meaning has been sucked out of them.
In order to transform our world from violence to peace, we must first re-imagine it. And to do that we simply must keep on re-inventing our language, lest both what we seek to convey and our longing to connect get continuously torqued and de-animated into sound bites.
How do you disarm the oppressor? By staying one step ahead — where he cannot (yet) go because he doesn’t recognize where you’ve gone. Of course, he will find out and, scramble to catch up. But by that time, we will have already leapfrogged ahead, blythe spirits all, our continuous transformation of language coding a continuously regenerating world.