Men In Support of Women, Episode 36, November 22, 2016
We’d been planning a RMF show to tackle hate speech between men and women. This was suggested by a female fan before the presidential election. Now, the hate speech really has escalated as a fearful, hate-filled minority is feeling very empowered and assaulting (verbally and physically) women, immigrants (meaning anyone not white), and LBGTQ people. This episode’s title was originally called “Men Vs. Women”, but here has been more than enough of that. I have now dubbed it “Men In Support of Women” and I’m inviting you to join in and add a comment here, or anywhere you see this episode, saying something, anything, supportive of those who are scared.
Men, be willing to speak up, offer support, an ear, a shoulder… be willing.
Eventually, hopefully, we will just be people in support of people.
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Anger, by David Whyte from his book, Consolations: The Solace, Nourishment and Underlying Meaning of Everyday Words
ANGER is the deepest form of compassion, for another, for the world, for the self, for a life, for the body, for a family and for all our ideals, all vulnerable and all, possibly about to be hurt. Stripped of physical imprisonment and violent reaction, anger is the purest form of care, the internal living flame of anger always illuminates what we belong to, what we wish to protect and what we are willing to hazard ourselves for. What we usually call anger is only what is left of its essence when we are overwhelmed by its accompanying vulnerability, when it reaches the lost surface of our mind or our body’s incapacity to hold it, or when it touches the limits of our understanding. What we name as anger is actually only the incoherent physical incapacity to sustain this deep form of care in our outer daily life; the unwillingness to be large enough and generous enough to hold what we love helplessly in our bodies or our mind with the clarity and breadth of our whole being.
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