An oppressive system often seems stable because it limits people’s lives and imaginations so much that they can’t see beyond the limitations. This is especially true when a social system has existed for so long that its past extends beyond collective memory of anything different. As a result, it lays down terms of social life - including various forms of privilege - that can easily be mistaken for some kind of normal and inevitable human condition.
But this situation masks a fundamental long-term instability caused by the dynamics of oppression itself. Any system organized around one group’s efforts to control and exploit another is ultimately a losing proposition, because it contradicts the essentially uncontrollable nature of reality and does violence to basic human needs and values.
Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darkness in other people.
She told me all we do is fight anymore
I told her “rest easy, love. This is just a rough patch. We will see brighter days again”
but while I was resting easy she slipped out the door
And now she’s dancing in the sunlight with another girl and I’m still
waiting for this rough patch to be