Freestyle Friday: Volume 19

Intersectionality, and interconnectivity are two of my favorite philosophies to think, and write about. This week, both themes have come into play, and I’ve curated a list of some of my favorite things on those topics. DSC_0019 (2)

  1. There are no words to express how excited I am about the upcoming feature Hidden Figures starring Janelle Monáe, Taraji P. Henson, and Octavia Spencer. The film tells the true story of female African-American mathematicians, and key leaders in NASA’s space program in the 1960’s during the Jim Crow South.
  2. On the topic of space, do you ever stop to think about the fact that we live on a planet. The Earth sustains us in every possible way, and when I watched A Hunk of Planet Dissolves Before Our Eyes, my heart dropped.
  3. This Iceberg Aquamarine Ring is an homage to our icecaps and glaciers in Canada, Alaska, Greenland, Iceland, the Rockies, and the Himalayas.
  4. I would love to visit any of the above (mostly) cold-weather areas in the future. Alaska is definitely a priority on my travel bucket list. Another place I look forward to visiting is Big Sur in Northern California.
  5. When I think about space and planets, ice and water, I am drawn to the weight of how each is connected to the other. Reading the article, The Turning of the Whales, I was struck by this thought:

With whales, Dr Paul Spong noticed that the animal world seems to have a logic and rhythm of its own: it will not be colonized or contained without a fight. The same is ‘now’ remarkably true of mountains, of trees, of stones, of rivers and winds. That may seem like a laughable thesis: the idea that stones may be ‘aware’ in some way that validates pantheistic values. But here, at the extreme edges of anthropocentrism, the air is rich with stunning proposals.

In light of what we are learning, who is to say that the inanimate world is not vital and aware and responsible in ways that we never permitted ourselves to think through? What if we are not smart enough to listen to plants sing, to bees argue about a new location for their hive, or to stones breathe? Who is to say intelligence isn’t an ecological product, an intersectional phenomenon that doesn’t depend on brains or souls? Who is to say that trees do not mourn or feel sad, or that lightening is not a yearning between sky and ground?

Have a great weekend! xx, Christian

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