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Addendum to Privilege, Responsibility, and Nonviolence

July 20 / 2017

After posting my recent post, I received a comment that completely surprised me, in which I was challenged about what I thought was the opposite of what I said. Given what was written in the comment, I believe it was a person of color writing it. Given my overall commitments, …

Privilege, Responsibility, and Nonviolence

Privilege, Responsibility, and Nonviolence
July 15 / 2017

by Miki Kashtan

When I first heard Marshall Rosenberg, back in 1994, say that the actions of another person are a stimulus, and never a cause, for my feelings, I was shocked. Little did I know that this statement would become the nucleus of my growing understanding about what has …

Staying Open to Life despite Losses

Staying Open to Life despite Losses
May 10 / 2017

By Miki Kashtan

When I sat down to count the number of times that I lost a friendship by actions of another, I didn’t imagine I would reach the number 29 in the last 27 years, almost all of them close friends, or other people with an ongoing connection, who …

When Effects Are Invisible: From Comfort to Freedom

When Effects Are Invisible: From Comfort to Freedom
April 7 / 2017

“When a behavior becomes the norm, we lose our ability to view it as dysfunctional.” Jeff Garson, Reflection #42, Radical Decency (URL temporarily inactive).

“To reinforce the majoritarian dream, the nightmare endured by the minority is erased.” Ta Nehisi Coates, My President Was Black.

What is it that makes the …

If I Were a Rich Man – the Inner Dimension

If I Were a Rich Man – the Inner Dimension
March 7 / 2017

In last week’s piece, I wrote about what I might do in the world if I had a lot of access to resources while having the same values, sensibilities, and beliefs that I have now.

In answering that question, I skipped over the major issue that values, sensibilities, and beliefs …