Last year my zoom-online book club studied Valerie Kaur’s memoir entitled, “Revolutionary Love.” This profound description of the author’s life challenges outlines the methodology she has evolved to deal with the social and legal obstacles presented by her Sikh identity.
And you may ask, “To what type of challenges do you refer?” Whilst cloaked in the terminology of love, Valerie subtly offers her readers the tools to cope with the varying types of value systems within which each of us are challenged in our daily lives. The social norms within our chosen economic perspectives, political orientation and religious outlook all carry certain subtle social expectations, many of which are beyond our conscious awareness!
How timeous was my introduction?
This book was written before the latest outpourings of “Black Lives Matter”, and prior to the Covid-19 pandemic. It articulates the tools and process we can all utilise in order to navigate our way through the unconscious biases which are part of our emotional response to hearing things that are not consistent with our personal perspective. The responses we need when confronted by interactions with members of different social groups who are out of tune with our personal narrative. How to cope with varying experiences relating to politics, caste, religion, culture or any other number of sociological categorisations.
It has become a truism that politics during the past decade has become more extreme. The right-wing has become even more conservative, whilst the left could be described as more radical. The theory around Revolutionary Love has the potential to help us all to understand a wide repertoire of different responses and tolerate seemingly paradoxical perspectives. It provides a useful set of skills for negotiating our way through the widening of ideological viewpoints.
Theory of Revolutionary Love: A compass
You will notice that the compass describing Revolutionary Love at the head of this article. It is divided into three sections:
- The study starts with the section labelled “Others” and suggests we develop an attitude in which we “See no Strangers”. To develop this capacity to see others as having much in common with ourselves we are enjoined to Wonder, then Grieve and ultimately to Fight
- In learning to get to know ourselves we need to “Imagine our Birth,” which requires we Breathe, and Push and ultimately we Transition.
- To come to terms with those who are different to us at this moment, our Opponents, we are required to “Tend to our Wounds.” This process goes through the stages of Reimagine, Listen and Rage.
10 Day Presentation
For each of the 10 days following the inauguration of President Biden, Valerie presented a daily program entitled the People’s Inauguration in which she explained the logic of the ‘Compass’ and its ability to offer insights into Revolutionary Love. The recording of this rich presentation has been made available to the public as a permanent record of a unique endeavour to understand the contemporary dynamics of the human experience. It creates a golden opportunity to give those who wish to play their part in creating a more compassionate and equal society, the chance to follow a finely crafted methodology.
The facilitation of ongoing educational opportunities for my age cohort has been an integral pastime of mine for the past 15 years. During this time I have facilitated senior adult groups on Maintaining Your Brain, Emotional Resilience, I’m OK You’re Ok, Mindfulness and Conscious Ageing.
Maybe you would like to become engaged!
On hearing about this 10-day presentation, and the ability to purchase the recording of the program, I became inspired by an idea. Maybe I could use this material as the basis of a program to offer participants from different cultures and various age groups an experience in emotional growth. How about assembling an eclectic group of curious adults who would like to engage in discussion around examining their own unconscious biases? Maybe I could recruit participants who enjoy a conversation around developing new perspectives on cultural norms. Perhaps people would like to have a regular monthly conversation in which they could share their concerns regarding perceived prejudices in their local organisations.
I pitched this idea with a couple of my new “zoom-friends”. People I have met in international zoom rooms, reminiscent of the outdated concept of penpals! People with whom I have interacted since the migration to post-Covid methods of communication. My ideas were met with positivity and enthusiasm.
And then, a problem emerged in my mind. Potential participants would need to spend some time between the 10 monthly zoom meetings reading the material, and pondering some questions. Would they be prepared to pay the $97 requested to purchase the program?
I contacted the publishers of this material. They were satisfied with my bonafide, and have made a generous offer. Participants who wish to enhance their growth and understanding of “Revolutionary Love” may apply for a scholarship. All they need to do is to notify Sounds True they wish to participate in the 10-month program I am offering, make their application for a scholarship, and they will be granted free access to the material
My Free Offer
Write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org let me know if you wish to participate in a program to study “Revolutionary Love” 10 monthly meetings are planned to commence in April 2021. And let me know where you live so that I can be aware of your time zone! Once you have notified me of your intention to participate in the course, I will forward the appropriate link so that you can gain access to this exciting material on “Revolutionary Love!”