Bayo Akomolafe: The Times are Urgent, Let Us Slow Down

Victoria, BC, April 26, 2019

“We live in modern settlements that demarcate bodies, that arrange lives and bodies according to their proximity to power. This is what some people call whiteness. Not to label people but to describe how bodies are preferred. So certain bodies are given privilege and stay on the upper deck. The not-quite-human occupy another deck. And then there’s a metabolic rift entirely with the non-human world. Racism is not just about bodies, it’s about the planet as well. It’s how we’ve arranged ourselves. We’re enacting escape. We’re trying to escape our conditions. We’re trying to arrive. This is all an assemblage of fear and separation and exclusivism. We practice being selves in modern settlements. Selves that are unique and have private subjectivities that are separate from yours. We’re atoms of consumerism and capitalism. And we do this every time. We’re conditioned to think about ourselves as “selves”, to think of ourselves as separate, to think of ourselves as unique. And so the motivation here is escape. It’s running away. It’s escaping the materiality of our land and trying to transcend. We’re still trying to transcend. These are the conditions that lead to the colonization and subjugation of life on Earth, of others that do not look like us.”—Bayo Akomolafe  

GABOR MATÉ COMPASSIONATE INQUIRY WORKSHOP—Graphic recording murals by Christina Merkley

GABOR MATÉ COMPASSIONATE INQUIRY WORKSHOP: THE WOUNDED HEALER [   CLICK TO ENLARGE   ]

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GABOR MATÉ COMPASSIONATE INQUIRY WORKSHOP: DAY 2 - COMPASSIONATE INQUIRY
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GABOR MATÉ COMPASSIONATE INQUIRY WORKSHOP: WHO ARE YOU AS A THERAPIST ...
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