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Friedrich Nietzsche, German philosopher and moralist poet, was allegedly one of the greatest known minds of the time. He was a controversial writer, critiquing traditional values such as organized religion and democratic institutions. He introduced two concepts, “slave” morality and “master” morality, which connote how human beings perceive themselves within the context of their society. Nietzsche’s work is critical of how the government and mainstream society normalizes and reinforces these psychological complexes. Nietzsche was not pleased with the plethora of technological advancements of the society, claiming ‘progress’ is a made-up construct and society is moving backward. …


I saw a quote once that said: “Tradition is just peer pressure from dead people.” Although laughable, the quote does have some truth to it. A lot of people feel pressured to carry on traditions: they feel superstitious about what may happen if the traditions aren’t carried out, or ashamed of themselves if they don’t carry out the traditions. However, people are also pressured into giving up their traditions. Colonization has had perverse effects on a people, and stripping someone of their land, stigmatizing and even criminalizing their cultural practices, and exploiting their labor so they always remain too poor…


A magic realist short story, Isabel Allende’s Two Words is a tale of a poor woman who grew up with nothing, her only skill being enduring inhumane treatment and surviving inhabitable conditions, transformed herself into a writer. With her passion from words, she started selling stories and used that revenue to pay a priest to teach her to read and write. This transformation alone is revolutionary, symbolizing the existential theme of one’s ability to define oneself for oneself. However, that is not the quintessential moral of the story. Two Story is a tale of the power of words. They can…


Karl Marx and Friedrich Engles argue in The Communist Manifesto that throughout all known history there has been a struggle between the haves and the have-nots. Early in the excerpt he introduces this idea to us, establishing without question that to be human is to participate in a class struggle — and one that has been going on since the beginning of colonization — with the first line being “The history of all hitherto society is the history of class struggles.”

Perhaps because capitalism has brainwashed most of us so thoroughly — which is exactly as it is intended to…


“One of the most brutal and violent accomplishments of Eurocentric literature and mass media is the historic representation of Black men and women as outside the context of human experience.” -Haile Gerima, 1991

Octavia Estelle Butler grew up a shy, Black girl in Pasadena that grew up to be one of the most influential science-fiction writers of this generation. Born in 1947, she was raised by her mother and grandmother as her father became ill and died in her infancy. She developed a lifelong passion for science-fiction at 10, and at 12 was inspired by an unsatisfactory science-fiction film that reassured her that her ideas were good enough to make it onto the big screen and incited her to ask her mother for a typewriter. …


Phillis Wheatley, abducted from Gambia in childhood and sold into American slavery, was the first published Black American writer and one of the first American women writers, yet her name and work is left out of most conversations centering Black writers and even Black women writers. In Black feminist circles, when discussing literature, they will mention women such as Zora N. Hurston, Alice Walker, Toni Morrison, Sonia Sanchez, Octavia Butler — it is nearly impossible to find a Black feminist who lists Wheatley as one of her favorite writers, if her name is mentioned in the conversation at all. Phillis…


“A tree is a passage between earth and sky. (56)”

a photo of a beautiful tree I took on my walk

From nearly every cultural group for all of recorded history, human beings have resonated deeply with trees. This is demonstrated by their inclusion of trees in myths and stories. There are countless myths where trees play a crucial role, especially in stories telling of the origin of the Earth, or personal spiritual transformation. The tree of knowledge of the Garden of Eden is a commonly referred to tale involving personal transformation through acquisition of self-awareness. The Mayan tale of Xmucané’s Light Tree is less commonly referred to, though I cherish…


Judith Slaying Holofernes, Artemisia Gentileschi (left) Kehinde Wiley (right)

As a hardcore horror fanatic reading about old, long-dead painters from Italy, a place I had never been, I had somewhat of a jolting experience when I landed my eyes on Artemisia Gentileschi’s Judith Slaying Holofernes. Intrigued, I hungrily read all the textbook had to say about it; it was based on a Bible scene unreleased in most versions, depicting a woman, after much prayer, cutting a drunk man’s head off with a sword with the help of another woman counterpart. Even before I knew that the titles were the same, when I was assigned to compare an old European…


Fri. Feb 15, 2019: Meditation on Wealth & Abundance

Today’s themes: money, prosperity, healing, abundance.
Good morning and happy Friday. I hope you had a great, productive week and are preparing for a restful weekend. On Monday, I began writing daily meditations and posting them on Medium. Each day has a designated theme that I focus on, and use the tarot spread to call on the Universe to help us be specific. For instance, yesterday’s themes were ancestors, healing, and spirit guides, as was Monday, but the two interpretations differ. Today, we’re meditating on money, prosperity, and abundance. Instead of focusing on what we don’t have or are trying to…


Thu Feb 14, 2019: Meditation on the Ancestors, Healing, & Royalty

Happy valentine’s day! Yesterday I wrote about the upcoming shifts of Mercury, Mars, and Jupiter, and we meditated on communication and energy. Today we’re focused on ancestors, spiritual guides, royalty, and healing. We’re taking some of the energy from Monday and transforming it: how can we start to think of ourselves, regardless of the position we’re in, as regal? How can we cultivate a healthy, loving relationship with our ancestors that helps heal their pain and ours?

When the world around you is chaotic and seems as if it feeds off your oppression, retreat within yourself to reconnect with your…

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