"[V]iolence does not consist so much in injuring and annihilating persons as in interrupting their continuity, making them play roles in which they no longer recognize themselves, making them betray not only commitments but their own substance, making them carry out actions that will destroy every possibility for action."
— Emmanuel Lévinas, Totality and Infinity: An Essay on Exteriority (translated by Alphonso Lingis)
I have a problem with people saying that “strongly religious” means “conservative Christian” and that the best way for Christians to do life is to just be really casual about it because that assumes that
- religion is Christianity
- conservatives are Christians
- the problem with conservatives is that their beliefs are strong as opposed to that they are shitty
- that secular society has healthy interests that don’t need to be interfered with
- that my job as a person of faith is to be quiet about it
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Hayes, S. C., Levin, M. E., Plumb-Vilardaga, J., Villatte, J. L., & Pistorello, J. (2013). Acceptance and commitment therapy and contextual behavioral science: Examining the progress of a distinctive model of behavioral and cognitive therapy. Behavior Therapy, 44(2), 180-198.
On a really basic level most of the good things boil down to “don’t be a dick.” As people involved with the housing market on the consumer side, you and I don’t really have that much control over where we choose to live and which landlords extort us.I never know what I’m supposed to do about gentrificationBut the key in acting ethically from that limited power is to be a part of where you live — to make connections, to truly inhabit it, which means being part of the life of the community that existed before you arrived. Establishing relationships with long-term residents, patronizing locally-owned and -operated businesses even if they’re unfamiliar or strange to you, being friendly, attending community/tenants’ meetings with an understanding of the economic forces at play in people’s lives, even worshiping in that community if appropriate — all of these are important, because they establish a basis upon which community organizations can succeed. Most places facing gentrification already have community organizations, and you want to make sure that people trust you enough to involve you in their work. Support these organizations, too, whether with monetary donations or with volunteering (to cook meals for a meeting, for example) or with solidarity at actions.