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September 26, 2017

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Collective Noticing: Moving beyond the solar eclipse

Everywhere I go people are talking about the eclipse. This is a big deal to be sure. CWACM member Ed is in Madras, OR taking it in first hand!

It’s interesting how collective experiences like this often lower our personal boundaries a bit and we talk among strangers with excitement for the big event. Do you have the glasses? Will it be cloudy at your house? Gonna watch the NASA live stream? I love it!

And I wonder how we translate the ‘collective’ noticing to more practical/urgent matters.

How do we talk with our human kin on issues of mass incarceration, poverty among native people, clean water, internet neutrality, voter suppression, violence against Trans Women of Color... and on and on.

We beautiful humans have wonderful internal radar systems that let us connect on some levels and then lock us out of others. These larger questions are not neutral. We have opinions and years of history to inform a response.

We don’t need to listen to others. Until we decide we do.

Many of us in the Anti-Racist White People’s Caucus continue to ponder how we develop those abilities to listen and hear with compassion and care so we can step out of our socialized White Response. There are ways to take on these most difficult questions. We just have to want to.

Photo (cropped): Astronomy instructor Jose Vazquez sets up his solar telescope to project the eclipse onto a viewing screen at Lower Columbia College in Longview, Washington / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

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