I have been thinking a lot about the state of the world these days. And I’ve been feeling a need to write. And I wondered if any of this had anything to do with snail mail and whether it would “fit” here on this blog that I’ve not come back to for so long.
And then I realized that it all fits, because writing letters and sending them across the land to another builds connections between two beings. And connection is exactly what we need right now.
So much about our culture is designed to push us apart, put us in separate boxes, highlight differences and make the unfamiliar or strange or different into an enemy to be destroyed.
So today I wanted to stand up for connection and share loudly and clearly that I reject white supremacy, racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, islamophobia, xenophobia, and any other fear-based mindset that serves only to drive us apart, justify oppression and perpetuate rampant exploitation of our earth’s natural resources.
So much of our society currently follows a way that is far from our roots. All of our peoples, irrespective of origin, once lived fully connected to the earth, her cycles and rhythms. And the further we part from that, the more we forget who we are and what we are meant to do.
We are meant to connect, to build deep trust and reliance on our communities. And we are meant to contribute our love, our energy, and our gifts in ways that better the world.
In honor of my realization that this blog, and my thoughts, are about more than snail mail, but are still very much about the values related to my love for sending letters, I’ve changed the tag line of this blog from:
Save Snail Mail: Preserving Handwritten Traditions in a Modern World
Save Snail Mail and Other Things That Make Life Worth Living
We need to save it all–all that keeps us human and whole and connected and loving one another. I’m going to go write some letters as part of that. I hope you do, too.
I felt called to write this today after reading Layla Saad’s thoughtful, respectful, vulnerable and strength-filled letter. I encourage everyone to read it and then take action in ways that contribute to dismantling racism and white supremacy. And write your own letters to the world, too.
P.P.S This image gives me hope. It is my wish that each one there and all of us who see this photo take action tomorrow and the next day, have the difficult conversations, face our own parts in this unjust system, and keep working at it until we truly can call ourselves the land of the free.
Image from NPR article “Torches Replaced by Candlelight as Thousands Gather for Charlottesville Vigil”