Values drive actions

“A man divided against himself, by definition, lacks integrity.” -Alan Watts

Unwillingness to be honest with ourselves about ourselves leads to an unrealistic assessment of our actions.

Values and actions become disconnected. Creating a life that veers away from integrity.

How do you discovery identity within oppression?

People of privilege (middle class / white / college educated / male / etc) don't see themselves as vital cogs in the wheels of oppression.

They do not see the oppressed.

They do not see themselves.

They can't see themselves. The disconnect between their values and their lived lives is too great.

Reconciling that disconnect, in a world that has only ever told them their comfort is divine, is extremely painful.

The privileged push this pain / fear / guilt away by establishing relationships that nurture complex, largely unspoken, social norms which justify and excuse oppression. That hide behind the ego by way of fictional internal and external heroic narratives.

This traps them in a cycle:

  • Feel: pain / guilt / fear
  • Double down on consumer comfort - Elevate the supposed life in the perks of privilege (‘finer things’)
  • Achieve some degree of those comforts - by real or unrealistic methods (IE: credit) and by profiting from disconnected oppression
  • Feel “relief” - Which is really “newness”
  • Feel: pain / guilt / fear
  • Double down on comfort
  • Repeat forever

Compromising integrity is a slippery slope. The refusal to try and see oneself as one truly is makes meaningful change feel impossible.

What starts as a collection of bad habits becomes a system of values.

Values drive actions.

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