“Joy is to fun what the deep sea is to a puddle. It’s a feeling inside that can hardly be contained.”–Terry Pratchett
In response to a comment on my last blog post, I stated that I have a crush on all of humanity. And I meant it. We humans are utterly fascinating creatures, star dust all, random collections of molecules.
My latest crush is Adrienne Maree Brown, a black, queer activist from Detroit. I heard her interviewed by Tami Simon and was fascinated by her wisdom, her clarity and the following ideas:
We live in a world and a culture that was imagined by someone else. It’s not permanent—even though we often think it is. Many of the stories and beliefs we still act upon today were created long ago and way too many revolve around want, accumulation and fear. They’re not working anymore. The cool thing is we can change them.
How? Fractal responsibility. A fractal, of course, is a pattern that repeats itself on many levels—in the universe and in a tiny cell. So to change the world, we can begin by altering our own personal fractal.
As Brown says, “Fractal responsibility is saying, How do I operate in a way that is responsible to my vision, in a way that’s not just pointing fingers and asking other people to change, but recognizing the kind of change I can make in the world is directly related to the change I’m willing to make within myself.”
For example, democracy. Rather than rail at what seems like threats to our country’s promise of equality, I can look at my own home where (gulp!) I don’t consistently practice democracy. My arrogant position too often is “Well, I bought the house, I pay the bills. I should make the decisions.” That’s not fair or democratic to Jim, my long-time partner. And that’s something I CAN change.
She also talked about pleasure activism, what she calls “a politics of healing and happiness that explodes the dour myth that changing the world is just another form of work.”
In other words, let’s make the revolution irresistible. Let’s make it impossible to want anything else. My mission has always been to create a path (to equality, freedom, creativity, joy, etc) that’s so compelling that people can’t imagine walking any other.
If you’re interested, here’s the interview that compelled me to bring home three of adrienne maree brown’s books:
Embracing Pleasure, Fractal Responsibility, and the Power of Our Imagination – Sounds True
Pam Grout is the author of 20 books including E-Squared, E-Cubed, Thank & Grow Rich and her latest book, The Course in Miracles Experiment: A Starter Kit for Rewiring Your Mind (And Therefore Your World) that has just been turned into an app. Badass ACIM (badass-acim.com)
Fantastic! I will check it out.
Have an Extraordinarily Epic day!
Thank you for sharing interviews and books Pam❤
This is just what we needed all along! I want to live in a loving existence of democracy where love rules everything!
Will it let me post a link? I’m gonna try. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DTGtC7FC4oI A really wonderful excerpt with Jewel on Joe Rogan. “In the end, only kindness matters.” Chills. Yes, indeed.
I love that quote by Terry Pratchett – it describes joy perfectly. And yes, kindness is really all that matters. To me it is love in action, and we surely need more of that in our world. So, yes, let’s imagine it! A world where it’s fun to “work” toward change. A world where we all love being here together, helping each other, expressing our gifts, our truths, and our uniqueness, and cooperating joyfully in living in peace and harmony always. It sounds like an impossible dream, but why can’t it be a highly possible reality? I’m going to start imagining it now. 😁💃💛🎈🌏🎁⭐️❤️☀️
I love every word here. I’ll have to check out those books. Fractal Responsibility will probably come first on that list.
Love. Imagine all the possibilities if we just practice kindness and live in a state of gratitude. And we have so much to be grateful for!
It was a great post! You share a lot of new perspectives and valuable resources via your blog. I love to read your content nad look at the world from your perspective. I have read several great articles you put up, and this is one of the great ones as well. Also, I love the quotes you put at the beginning, this one is my favorite from Terry Practchett. Tahnska lot Pam, for sharing this beautiful content with the readers.