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The Unenlightened Society

July 14, 2013

Zenju Earthlyn Manuel

In honor of Trayvon’s life and all other murders based on hatred….

Liberation is not won only in deep exploration or just seeing racism, sexism, or homophobia in closed quarters of study and meditation. It cannot be experienced through introspection alone or waiting for others to point out places of oppression. This work for everyone must come by openly acknowledging norms, desires, biological myths, and practices that fuel racial, sexual and gender based hatred. There is a collective liberation between us that requires a society to go within to dissolve the hatred that has claimed our lives. A society must reconcile the harm within and without. It must say, “Ah, we have hurt people after having covered up our mess for so long.” A society must learn to see. An unexamined society is an unenlightened one.

We cannot be an enlightened society without facing ourselves. A society that survives examines…

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