// The Truth of Who We Are //

We mistake so many monstrous things for strength and this to me is very dangerous. To label something strong and powerful for the wrong reasons. To call anything less than love and humility “strong” is to call weakness strength. It is to put our trust in what is false, unreal, incompetent and incapable of providing protection, inspiration, life.

With all that is happening in my country, the turmoil, manipulation and shame that has infiltrated the very fabric of our existence as a free nation, what I am most afraid of is our collectively losing our grasp on the truth. The truth of who we are, what we stand for, what we desire to become.

In these radical times what is threatened most is our own minds, our ability to think for ourselves, to break away from the hype. Where can we turn to trust anyone or anything?

We must become the most fundamental of truths.

We must search ourselves to uncover the love in the light and the darkness and we must hold tight to what we know. If it is not humble it is not strong. This we know. This one simple truth unblinds us, this simple truth would bring the world to its knees in praise of gentleness and compassion if we would only practice what we know to be true.

Only as much as we can trust ourselves and one another can we build anything at all.

Now is the time for art and writing and creativity which cuts to the very bones of the truth.

This is our work.

It matters.

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5 thoughts on “// The Truth of Who We Are //

  1. jimmicampkin

    I’m reminded more than ever of a great quote from Yukio Mishima’s Spring Snow:

    “Time is what matters. As time goes by, you and I will be carried inexorably into the mainstream of our period, even though we’re unaware of what it is. And later, when they say that young men in the early Taisho era thought, dressed, talked, in such and such a way, they’ll be talking about you and me. We’ll all be lumped together…. In a few decades, people will see you and the people you despise as one and the same, a single entity.”

    We have a duty to make sure future generations don’t look back on us as being part of the same right-wing, xenophobic, paranoid world (that seems so dominant at the moment) in the same way that we might now walk through a Victorian graveyard and imagine that everyone was a stereotypical Victorian.

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    1. Allison Marie Post author

      Yes. Yes, yes. That’s exactly it. I do not know Spring Snow but this quote cuts across everything I’ve been raging against as of late. We have to push back, we have to use the voice whether it be art or poetry or some form of expression. Thank you so much for taking the time to read and connect. Your words have truly made me feel less alone and less insane. And I will never walk through another Victorian graveyard the same way again. ❤

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  2. Swarn Gill

    Allison,

    It has been much time since I commented on one of your posts. Even this one, that I intended to comment on was some time ago. I’m afraid I found myself unable to keep up with your poetry in any sort of regular way, but still read them from time to time and am absolutely blown away about how much beauty (spanning raw chaotic energy to gently falling leaves) pours out from you on a daily basis. It’s humbling. It has also felt stressful since the new year under this new president. I have been trying to minimize time next to the computer in trade for physical experiences with friends and family. Something that seems ever more necessary now. I have also started mindfulness meditation, and have been doing it everyday for the past 3 weeks. It feels like something that will be very helpful to my life and I already feel like it’s making a difference.

    When I saw you wrote a post about “truth” I knew I had to pay attention. Some might say, “what can a poet offer the world at a time like this?” But even this scientist knows that listening to those who create is paramount even more at a time like this. As you correctly point out the manipulation we face right now is so insidious because the administration is actively trying to destroy the notion of truth, and the notion of what freedom actually means, and is working to make us accept it. To make us feel like all this is normal. It’s not. I think both the artists and the scientists have something to say in these times that offer us a path out. They are the same message but told differently. We must value all those who seek to understand, who remind us that there is beauty to be found in that curiosity, there is beauty to be found in the expression of that curiosity. These are the things that inspire that help us break the pattern of thinking that those in power would like to set for us.

    Your words in an artful way mirror an interview I listened to yesterday with historian Tim Snyder who recently wrote a book about tyranny and how we must avoid it. A lot of it does come down to ourselves, remember what our values are and making sure we apply those values everyday. This can be in the form of writing, having good conversation, this can be through donating to an NGO, this can be going to town halls, joining protests, running for local office, or volunteering our time in a local community. All of these encourage us to live our values and not be followers. I think this is an important part of us becoming the most fundamental of truths. Truth must be lived, and not just thought about. In this interview the historian said something that I thought was quite profound (paraphrasing here) “the measure of freedom in society is to what degree the people have the ability to talk about the issues that face us in their own words. Not simply spouting off things others have said”. To me this requires truly engaging with the world living our truths, testing our truths, allowing our truths to collide with others and seeing what good can come of it.

    Thank you for using your voice, and sharing it with us. ❤

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