We can never fully understand

Today is International Women’s Day.

I have been perturbing some deeply complex issues about colonisation, exploitation, and inequity.

We can never fully understand the experience of the other. 

I cannot understand the experience of being a male or being a person of colour or someone with a body that differs from their sexual orientation. 

I cannot know the epigenetics of systemic oppression over centuries to whole nations. How that shapes character. 

What I can do is invest my time in understanding to the best of my ability. I can use my own experience to attempt to understand and to feel genuine empathy for the exploited. 

There are fractals of exploitation and colonisation everywhere. For some, it is generational. For most, it continues unabated, today.

My life has been dedicated to understanding the systemic mechanisms of oppression: our monetary system, currency as a weapon, capitalism, geopolitics, rogue religion, and the female body as a weapon of suppression and capitalist accumulation. (See Caliban and the Witch, by Silvia Federici.) 

We are fools to think that the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals can be solved or even considered as separate. Poverty is integrally linked with education, climate change, and the suppression of women. Not one of the UN SDG’s can be considered without considering the whole.

I cannot fully understand your experience of suppression and erasure. I can know the Superorganism, the meta crisis, the Molochian structures of suppression, violence, erasure, exploitation, colonisation, extraction to extinction. 

As a child raised in the privilege of colonisation, I can invest my time in understanding, to the best of my abilities, the horrors that enabled me to experience my privilege.

With knowledge comes responsibility. 

What do we do now? After truth, reconciliation. And yes, we have a long way to go with surfacing truth and confronting it.

Accidentally and inadvertently, I found the work of Buckminster Fuller in my mid-twenties. His work was the seed generator to understand the mechanism of systemic exploitation, colonisation and inequity.

Almost every book I own has been an attempt to understand the structures that have enabled Moloch and the Superorganism to exist. 

Women cannot stand on a level playing field until we break these structures and replace them with something new, and colonisation cannot be ended until we break these structures and replace them with something new. 

Poverty will not end until we break these structures and replace them with something new.

Today, on International Women’s Day, I celebrate the men and women who have dedicated their lives to exposing this invisible yet immensely powerful force. Bucky Fuller was one person. There are so many, most of them quietly working behind the scenes.

I salute their work. 

Silvia Federici, Marianna Mazzucato, Stephanie Kelton. Katherina Pistor, Cory Doctorow, Yanis Varoufakis, Brett Scott, Naomi Klein, Tyson Yunkaporta, Margaret Atwood, Katrine Marcal, Isabel Wilkerson, Anand Giridarharads, Kate Raworth, Robyn Wall Kimmerer, Jason Hickel, Bernard Lietaer. (I am definitely going to kick myself for all the names I have left off this list. Writing this in a cafe away from my bookshelf, and relying on memory)

**Syntropic World is dedicated to the new, to the possibility that refuses any form of exploitation, extraction to extinction, or colonisation.

Photo Taken March 8th 2024