And I think that's a lesson a lot more people need to internalize.
You can do whatever you want (as long as it doesn't hurt others.) But you can't /just/ do whatever you want. You can't just be an artist, or a poet, or a plumber. You must also pick up trash, help people across the street, and do the work that needs to be done to make this a society.
You can be a farmer. But you can't /just/ be a farmer.
This message brought to you by "even though my day is really full, I still found time to pick up the litter that wind and people brought to my area."
Sure, I had to eat cereal for breakfast instead of making up oatmeal, but... so what? I won't remember that in a week, but the trash is now gone forever.
And - okay.
I don't truly believe this like, I don't /feel/ it.
But the ground and trash? It's as important as me. Or... I'm not more important than it. Or... separate from it?
Like I am... the environment, just with a spark of perceived consciousness. So is the trash.
If I exist as a physical being, let me exist, being physical, and a part of all the physical and material around me.
Er the trash is not with a spark of consciousness, I don't think that.
But like, we're both just a part of the environment, and the only difference is I can "think for myself."
So is taking care of my wants really higher up than taking care of my environment's needs?
There's interplay of like, if I don't give myself enough of what I want my brain will make it hard for me to take care of my whole environment, me included, but, Iunno.
@emsenn I greatly enjoy writing centered around the concept that we are all a part of a whole, not apart of it
@david I don't even know if "a part of a whole" covers it because that implies that I am a part that could be separated like a gear from a clock and that is not, I think, true.
(p.s. Ilove that this is a website that I feel comfortable like, publicly stating my prejudices against a group and how that is helping me grow as a person and most people are understanding of that)
@emsenn It was very challenging for me when I got to know a plural system, too, and I kinda had to rethink a lot of things I took for granted--as well as a ton of ableist prejudice--to get to a place where I was comfortable with them, horrible as it is to say I had to work myself into being okay with someone else's existence. I see it as an example of how systems of violence are perpetuated through people and how it takes active unlearning to avoid being a vector of violence.
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