Interdependence Manifesto

What if?

a poem by Ganga White

What if our religion was each other?
If our practice was our life?
If prayer was our words?
What if the Temple was the Earth?
If forests were our church?
If holy water—the rivers, lakes and oceans?
What if meditation was our relationships?
If the Teacher was life?
If wisdom was self-knowledge?
If love was the center of our being

What If? 

an addendum by Miles Borrero

What if we took the “I” out of “illness”,
Replaced it with the “We” in wellness?
If we cared for the most vulnerable?
Saw the essential in those we deem ‘non’.
What if we abolished white supremacy?
Sexism, patriarchy, toxic masculinity?
Gave the children back to their families?
If mansplaining, manspreading and dongle
were not
in our vocabulary.
If we allowed women (and yes, trans women ARE women)
a go at the throne…
for a change?
What would Jesus do?
If he were a she?
After all, Mary had no sperm to work with,
to immaculately conceive.
What if we allowed for a brave new world
where sex and sensuality were given
NOT taken?
And whatever the flavor, was allowed it’s existence
to further titillate and inspire
our desire?
What if we gave the disabled a hand to succeed?
If we wrote the elderly letters during quarantine?
If we relished saying the correct pronoun,
Causing gender EUphoria,
instead of DYSphoria.
What if?
We let go of fear?
We admitted exactly how freaky we are-
adventurous and queer?
If we realized poly wouldn’t take away from monogamy?
Gay marriage from heterosexuality?
But offer us the world
in return.
What if we gave up our independence?
Our codependence?
Replaced it with interdependence?
Would we not then have a world worth living in,
not just dying in?
A world where mask-wearing is love in action.
Where listening and being seen,
and plain old respect
are the bedrocks of our scene.
Where defunding the police would make our neighborhoods more like suburbs
rather than war zones.
A world where we thrive
Together.
What if we cared?
And shared?
Let there be enough for everyone?
What if we allowed ourselves to say it:
Black Lives Matter/ Trans Black Lives Matter
And mean it.
What If we changed…
Our behavior,
our belief systems,
our laws
our economy…
The scaffolding of our world?
If we admitted that discomfort is not the same as
danger.
And not being an activist
is a direct product of privilege?
What if we admitted we were wrong?
For once.
If we made art, not hate,
can you imagine what we would create?
What if we took care of our planet
and ALL the beings in it?
What if we chose love
over fear?
again
and
again
and again?
What if we made America
truly great?
Again…
It never was for some of us.
What then?

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Frederick Douglass Descendants Read His Fourth Of July Speech