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Heather: Hey so I’m really happy to welcome Peter Wicks. One of the workshops I run is on tone policing and I learnt about it from Layla Saad’s book Me and White Supremacy. It’s around how there’s kind of…
Ecofascism is something I never thought I’d be talking about. And, yet, in the past year, I’ve noticed that there’s a particular vulnerability that we have to normalising the language that will lead us to ecofascism.
[Listen to this as a podcast.] Discovering Extinction Rebellion (XR) meant I no longer felt utter despair when looking at the news. Other people cared. Other people weren’t numbed out. They were stepping out of their comfort zones and interrupting business as usual in London (and, eventually, elsewhere).
Urgency as a White Supremacist Culture Pattern. [Listen to this is a podcast.] How does the exclamation, “It’s urgent!” land in your body? Does it bring up a panic response? Does it make you think you need to drop everything and attend to something? …
Smile and say to the bus driver, “Hello! Good morning!”
Can that really help to avoid a bus crash?
If our brain works better when we’re relaxed and happy, then a bus driver will be better able to cope with challenging situations on the road, challenging situations on the bus, when s/he is having good experiences.
Besides, ask yourself: Is it useful to believe that not smiling at the bus driver is a good way to promote safer driving on the roads?
Next step: Apply this to every other relationship in your life.