In Defense of Self-Love

I got a bit fired up reading Laurie Penny’s Life-Hacks of the Poor and Aimless. Part way through I found myself writing this short piece. By the time I got to the end of the article I could see that the author might not disagree with me, yet it seemed worth blogging about. That feels like something worth acting on at the moment, considering this is my first tathra.me blog this year and I have a lot of unpublished work that has been victim to my doona dive.

While I agree that positivity isn’t the answer to a sick society, I think self-care is a worthwhile pursuit on the path to collective wellness. We are more able to collaborate for planetary solutions when we are in a healthy relationship with ourselves.

From my own personal experience in collaboration change agents, I certainly prefer working with people who have a decent relationship with themselves than those whose activism is sourced in misanthropy as a thin veil for their own self-loathing. 

Taking responsibility for our personal wellbeing is the first step, not the only step, toward planetary wellbeing. It can be confronting and our society certainly doesn’t have a lot in the way of role models for taking personal responsibility, much less collective responsibility. And, conversely, of course it’s easier to stay focused on ourselves than trying to make a difference in a world where being able to affect global issues like poverty and climate change seem futile.

Society is mad and messed up, and if we react from despair, what does that lead to? If we can get ourselves from reaction to response, responding with wisdom, it might create a new story, a new future. Easier said than done, I hear you say. But considering our reference point, and taking responsibility for what we bring to the collective table starts with loving ourselves. All of ourselves, including the part of us that has misanthropic tendencies and embracing our darkness/shadow/ego, so we can shine a light alongside those who curse the darkness.

This is also on my mind after reading Umair Haque’s Peace and Violence. If you read it, see my comment at the end.

Technology Futures, Microsoft & Apple

Over the last few years I have fully converted from Windows to Mac. My mom bought me an Apple IIe when i was in college. Untill now, every computer I’ve had since 1992 has been Windows. Now I have an iMac and and iPhone and share an iPad with Emma. She has been discovering amazing ways to learn and teach Indonesian to her students at school. And though she’s been pretty focused on what’s available from the App Store, a few days ago she was sent by her school to a Professional Development session run by Microsoft. When she got home she showed me (a version of) this video: Microsoft’s Future Vision 2019.

I was pretty impressed. I looked through some of the comments, one said, “Apple will do it first!” and of course the regular verbose sparing about Microsoft vs Apple. I started to think, and wondered what it would take to create this future. Emma said they were told that much of this technology has already been developed by Microsoft but it currently too expensive to mass produce.

What would it take? What if Microsoft and Apple teamed up? Collaborated on making it happen? That kind of partnership would certainly make it a reality faster than in competition. So I put it to you, what do you think it would take for Microsoft and Apple to work together to create this future?