Posts Tagged ‘nonviolent-communication’

Stop Desecrating Flags and Preach Love Instead

Love

“Love heals. Heals and liberates. I use the word love, not meaning sentimentality, but a condition so strong that it may be that which holds the stars in their heavenly positions and that which causes the blood to flow orderly in our veins.” -Maya Angelou I want to see more love and acceptance during “Memorial…

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Anarchy and Emotion: A Heart-Based Philosophy for Transforming Society

ANARCHY AND EMOTION: A HEART-BASED PHILOSOPHY FOR TRANSFORMING SOCIETY

I study counseling psychology. I learn to use skills that help people deal with personal issues, trauma, mental issues, and stress. But saying I “help” someone is actually a misnomer. In reality, I empathize with an individual; I leverage the desire to connect with another human. I do this to show a person that they possess their own ability to cope with the stressors of life. In other words, I…

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Anarchism Takes Courage: Helping People Escape the Cult of Normalcy

Normalcy

Anarchism is about courage. It takes poise to help people escape the cult of normalcy, wherein they revel in a haze of disinterest and violence and depravity. But when anarchists attempt to persuade people to discard love of their culture coma, of blood and carnage, they usually get a counterattack in the form of dismissive slander and appeals to State piety. But it…

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You and I: Discovering our Natural Opposition to Authority

Authority

Bear it aloft, O roaring flame! Skyward aloft, where all may see. Slaves of the World! Our cause is the same; One is the immemorial shame; One is the struggle, and in One name — Manhood— we battle to set men free. “Uncurse us the Land!” burn the words of the Dead, Written-in-red. ~Voltairine de…

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How Anarchists can Communicate more Compassionately

anarchists

Communication leads to community, that is, to understanding, intimacy and mutual valuing.  -Rollo May, Existential Psychologist I want to emphasize the power of therapeutic and compassionate communication to anarchists. Both online and offline, we often rely on rhetoric lined with insults and hate instead of peaceful dialogue. Employing this language is not persuasive, but I am not suggesting that we should…

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