A human way to approach these times
Dear Baratunde...gratitude to you for these words. After working as a hospice bereavement for years, now retired I find myself holding space for our collective grief..waves of grief washing over the world and her peoples, her beings....the bravery of human hearts takes my breath away, the vulnerability of every being we share this planet with humbles me deeply while the cruelty existing adjacent to exquisite compassion in action brings me to my knees.
Friends, casual acquaintances even community members unknown to me but who know of my work bring me their tender bruised hearts, wide open gazes reaching towards me saying...let’s just breathe together and pause for a moment of connection. Please 💔❤️💔
Thank you for the link to the +972 essay. It is so hard to find someone who is able to articulate how I feel in grieving for both Palestinians and Jewish people. There is so much generational trauma and it is intertwined. This is an extremely painful time in seeing all of the hatred and intolerance being spewed. I am a pacifist who believes that wars are stupid and I can’t believe that in the 21st century we have to rely on killing each other to try to settle disputes.
This was beautiful, thank you.
My family is mostly Israeli/live in Israel -- middle eastern jews and Zimbabweans who emigrated there in the late 70s.
One thing you said really stuck with me-- how videos and memes are being lobbed about-- it really speaks to an almost gamification of a crisis, where using one slogan/populist phrase/repost earns you points with one ‘ side’ or another. As an activist for peace myself and someone who supports self determination of Palestinians, and as someone who is worrying daily for my family, I have felt stuck when it comes to how information is being bandied around on social media. I appreciate so much your writing from the heart on this. Thank you!
Thank you. I was on instagram where some were demanding that Jonathan Van Ness make a statement. I have cousins (Mexican American Catholics) who are all in on one side or the other, like it’s that easy. Thank you for sharing your thoughts
Beautiful. These terrible events require compassion of our hearts and minds. My husband and I find your TV series so grounding and restorative, and we thank you for that. It truly is a balm to the spirit.
I posted last week about grief and this war in the context of Greek tragedy and the unmourned. It may be of interest. https://open.substack.com/pub/elizabethbobrick/p/unburied-grief?r=4srw5&utm_campaign=post&utm_medium=web
Dear Baratunde, I'm always grateful for your words, but never so much as today. Thank you!
thank you for sharing this. super meaningful.
much love, my friend
Thank you, always, for your thoughtful perspective. The gifted link to the interview on Puck is not working, for me at least. If there are any tips or tricks please advise.