The Sudanese Revolution May Not Be Televised But It Will Be Documented & Shared On Social Media

Girl Boss has heard the call for action and stands in solidarity with the Sudanese people, in the transcendental spirit of Ubuntu; to take measures to not let their peaceful civilian led revolution be stolen by the countries military elite. This is our response to the call. #IAmTheSudanRevolution

This article is written and edited by Simi Gumede.

Disclaimer: The following article contains information that is upsetting.

What Exactly Is Going On In Sudan?

Picture By Dinamik

In December last year Sudanese People took to the streets to show their dissatisfaction with the Sudanese Government which was led by then despot Omar Al-Bashir. Al-Bashir seized control through a military coup d’état in 1989 and ruled brutally for 30 years until peaceful civilian protestors said no more as under his authoritarian rule Sudan suffered economic decline in which the cost of bread and fuel became unbearable.

Bashir is the leader of which the War in Dafur took place under. In which several hundreds of thousand people died, and eventually culminated in the succession of South Sudan, which is the worlds youngest country in 2011. He is wanted for war crimes, which are crimes against humanity.

The conflict in Dafur Sudan was sparked by allegations of Apartheid in which the muslim community oppressed and exploited the non-arab groups, therefore the marginalized took up arms against the government initiating a civil war. This led to the Arab government carrying out what is known as ‘ethnic cleansing’ to purge Sudan of non-muslims.

Although the country has now split, and north Sudan remains a muslim majority state, the people of north Sudan set aside their differences and banded together as one with the majority muslims and minority non-muslims to remove the Dictator and Genocidaire Omar Al-Bashir.

Sudanese Protest Art

The Sudanese Uprising is being spearheaded by women and The Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA) which is made up of professionals like doctors, teachers, lawyers and students. The symbol of the Sudan Revolution is the peace gesture. It is a symbol of resistance against the oppressive Sudanese regime and representative of how the people are propelled by the values of peace, freedom and hope for a prosperous and harmonious Sudan.

Members of the Association of Professors at Sudanese Universities, Colleges and Higher Institutes, protest in Khartoum.

The protestors through public demonstrations of unity managed to remove Omar Al-Bashir on the 11th of April 2019. How this was achieved is that the Sudanese military abandoned him and joined the civilian protestors calling for democratic rule. The military proceeded to release political detainees, political opposition leaders and lifted the curfew in Khartoum as a sign of good faith. The military formed the Transitional Military Council which through negotiations with The Sudanese Professionals Association and political opposition leaders, were to assume temporary control of the Government in order to facilitate democratic elections in 6 months time. When the negotiation talks were almost concluded, The Transitional Military Council extended their ‘temporary rule’. The people of Sudan who having almost attained their victory against an oppressive regime had their promised liberation snatched away from them by the legion of patriarchs that form the military elite.

Sudanese Protestor

This led to mass demonstrations across the country. In the capital city of Khartoum there was a two month long public sit in, in which the Rapid Support Forces Unit headed by General Mohamed Dagalo opened fire, on unarmed civilians on the 3rd of June 2019. Killing over 100 people. The numbers are estimated as the internet has been suspended by the Military Junta and journalists have had their offices raided and put under house arrest in efforts to stop communication and control the discourse; by hindering access to information. The aim of this senseless killing was to strike fear in the hearts of the people and to destabilize the civilian resistance by taking away their place of gathering. Currently, anyone who is seen using their phones by taking a picture or recording a video in public is shot by the Junta’s soldiers and agents.

Photo by Ashraf Shazly

“It is time for the people to stand strong and united in order to take their civil rights from the militants who want to hinder the rights of the people and the revolution that resulted in the death of many promising young people”

Sudanese Protestor in the video below
Youtube Video by TRTWorld
Photo by Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah

The Sudanese population is remarkably young with 2/3 (63%) Sudanese being under the age of 25 , and 43% of population is under the age of 15, according to the CIA (2018).

The ‘Transitional’ Military Council

De facto Head of State Lt. Gen. Abdel Fattah Abdelrahman Burhan 

The self-proclaimed president and head of the Transitional Military Council (TMC) is Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah Burhan, pictured above. He is seen as a figure head as he is not wanted for war crimes and is therefore a ‘softer face’ of the TMC. The real power in the military is his second in command, General Mohammed Hamdan Dagalo who is also known as Hemedti, it was his forces who massacred civilians on the 3rd of June in Khartoum. He is wicked and is the commander who carried out the genocide in Dafur, with his unit which was known as the Janjaweed, which translates to “The Devils on Horseback”. They use systematic raping, among other horrendous and illegal military tactics. They rape women, children and, men in front of their children according to a Sudanese doctor and member of the Sudanese Professionals Association in the video below.

Video by #Africa provided by DSTV, eNCA on channel 403
General Mohammed ‘Hemedti’ Hamdan Dagalo

Who’s Funding The Military Council?

They have access to the former government’s reserves however the TMC recently received $3 Billion Dollars in aid from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Hemedti has also met with the Crowned Princes of Saudi Arabia, The UAE and the Military Dictator and President of Egypt Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, who hijacked the people’s democratic moment in Egypt. This movement is known as the Arab Spring which was too propelled by social media activism. It is believed that the Sudanese Militia received this funding from Saudi Arabia and the Emirates due to Sudans geo-political significance of having control of a section of land that leads to the Red Sea which is an essential oil trade route. No, not the aromatherapy oils, Petroleum oil. #Jokes #WeWillNotBeDisheartened #LoveAndJoyReignSupreme #IAmTheSudanRevolution

Hemedti’s unit, the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) control the borders of Sudan, and implement what is known as the ‘Khartoum Process’ which is funded by the European Union. Officially this funding is to ensure the safety of refugees in transit to Europe but in truth, the RSF find and deport migrants from Eritrea and Ethiopia back to the dire environments they are escaping from. This a violation of human rights and the RSF have been said to abuse refugees according to International Human Rights Groups.

The People Remain Steadfast

Sudanese Protestor
Sudanese Protestors: Photo by Agence France-Presse [AFP]
Credit: AFP
Credit: Getty Images
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The Woman In White

Alaa Salah, The Nubian Queen

The face of the Sudanese Uprising is 22 year old student activist Alaa Salah, she has been lovingly dubbed, “Kandaka” which means Nubian Queen, which is a reference to the powerful African Nubian Queens of old Sudan. She is also referred to as the “Woman in White” and “Lady Liberty”. After, images and videos of her sing traditional and protest songs on a white car at a peaceful public gathering went viral on social media. #TheFutureIsFemale #GirlsLead

The Protestors Demands

  • Civilian Rule
  • End The Militias
  • Women’s Rights

Change Has Began

The world is changing for the better. The oppressive regimes of the past and their new masks are starting to crack. The toxic masculine leaders may have access to funds and guns, but the true revolution is an ideological one. People have begun thinking independently and progressively. The shutting down of the media and the internet in Sudan is not going stop the hope the people have in their hearts for a better future. These men think they can ‘Grab us by the pussy’ but the pussy claps backs with chants of freedom; in the name of human dignity. The feminine will continue to rise and lead us to a brighter future that is in coherence with love and therefore self-empowerment. We call on loving men to join us in creating this future, as together we are stronger.

A Healthy Dose Of Political Satire

#LaughtherIsTheBestMedicine

Girl Boss Discusses South African Elections 2019 with Wits University Students

Girl Boss contributors Simi and Londiwe sat down with Wits University post graduate students Tumelo, Bakang and Angeline to discuss the South African 2019 elections, political parties and whether their intentions are for the social and economic progression of girls, women and the people of South Africa.

Simi Gumede is a Bachelor of Social Science Graduate from Rhodes University, her Majors were Politics and International Relations, and Psychology.

Londiwe Sibanda is an Education Graduate from The University of Witwaterstrand and is currently completing her Honors Degree in Science Education at the same institution.

Tumelo Ratlhogo has a Bachelors Degree in Education and is currently studying towards her Honours in IT at The University of Witwaterstrand.

Bakang Mputle is currently studying his Masters degree in Geography and Development Studies at The University of Witwaterstrand.

Angeline Duma has her Bachelor of Science degree from The University of Witwaterstrand and is currently completing her Honors degree which is a BSC in Science Education at the same institution.

Caster Semenya Accused Of Not Being Woman Enough

By Khanyisile Msebenzi

President of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Sebastian Coe says, “the core value for the IAAF is the empowerment of girls and women”. In appreciation of the embracement of the recent Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) judgement Mr. Coe will need to revisit those values and redraft them so that they espouse that which the IAAF really stands for, and that being its willingness to embark on a sustained battle to keep some women out of athletics just because they look a certain way. 

One woman in particular has been cannon fodder for the IAAF’s resilience to define a woman way outside of even scientific guidelines, regardless that technically speaking there are no such guidelines, scientifically or otherwise. It may also seem that the IAAF is operating way outside of even humanity’s interests, because there has been an outcry on the witch hunt, which Caster Semenya is the person from which first blood is being drawn, this time around, because this is a scourge that goes way before Semenya’s time. Semenya is a world renowned athlete who has won two gold Olympic medals, and has record breaking success within women athletics, and it is very clear that she is a prime target to serve as an example to a greater group of women who are “like her” who might want to grace the sanitised space that IAAF serves as both caretaker and executioner.   

Of course, this injustice has seen many women silently dropping off of athletics and some others subjected to surgical violations. Were the details of these tests to go mainstream, they would abhor many, and infuriate the rest.   

At the age of 18, in 2009, the brute violation of Semenya’s life has seemed to be one of IAAF’s priorities. At one time Semenya had to be left in limbo for 11 months as IAAF played God on a woman’s life which rendered Athletics South Africa (ASA) confused to the point that its head was fired, only for the debacle to remain unresolved while the life of Semenya was held in painful suspense. 

Threatened by legal action the IAAF temporarily relented and Semenya was allowed temporary reprieve, only to be brought to its senses by India’s Dutee Chand, another athlete who stood accused of the “crime” of hyperandrogenism. The Court of Sports Arbitration ruled in favour of Chand in 2014, but IAAF will not stop until these women get thrown out of Athletics or they retire through being maimed by testosterone reduction means, or butchered through inhuman surgical procedures, which there are reports that the reduction of the clitoris can be part and parcel of. Who knows what else goes on behind those close doors, and to what extent these women get violated in the name of fairness.  

Dutee Chand

Hyperandrogenism is a “condition” in which the body produces levels of hormones that are more “typical” of men. The accusation that Semenya and many other women around the world stand accused of by the IAAF is that of not being woman enough. This would explicitly say that the IAAF has established a scientific guideline to ascertain this, when mainstream science itself has not made such a bold claim. 

The Judgement passed down by the Court of Sport Arbitration is that women athletes shouldn’t have testosterone levels that go beyond 5 nanomoles per litre. One nanomole is one billionth of a mole. If there are athletes that go beyond this stipulation then testosterone reducing hormones should be administered. In appreciation of all that which makes an elite athlete, the IAAF has chosen testosterone as the predominant determiner. If it wasn’t such a serious matter it would be hilarious. 

In 2014 when ruling in favour of Dutee Chand, this very same court did not have any scientific backing, and in the recent ruling they were still in the same predicament yet somehow they want to tell the world that they have new proof that testosterone is the culprit in the excellence of women athletes. Even mainstream science is reluctant to make this unfounded claim. The IAAF would like us to believe that levels of testosterone are the sole determiner in athletic excellence. That women like Semenya don’t win races by a huge margin does not even nudge the IAAF’s senses to think that maybe training might have some input in the excellence of women athletes. 

Photo by Erik van Leeuwen

“I have been subjected to unwarranted and invasive scrutiny of the most intimate and private details of my being”, said Semenya at one time, clearly feeling the grotesque violation of her womanhood. It is one thing to think they performed “tests” and completely a different thing to imagine how those tests were done. Did she have to strip down to the nude? How did they collect the samples? Did they have to insert anything, anywhere? Was it painful? Could the public be made privy on the gory details on how these tests are conducted? How does the IAAF justify this blatant abuse of power?

It is easy to say the IAAF sits with a hard task of establishing fairness in athletics but another mental fuckery altogether to go over the gruesome details of what these tests may entail. How far has the “invasive scrutiny” of the most “intimate and private” of Semenya’s being, traumatised this hard-working lady who repeats now and again that she just wants to run because that is what she does best. How many unaccounted for victims of this inhumane practice have been left with shattered lives and broken dreams? Nobody will know because IAAF has a lengthy history of pressuring women that “look like” Semenya to silently drop athletics. 

Photo by Olivier Morin

Moving from the reality that Semenya has in recent times been one of the major recipients of this abuse, it is not hard to see that what the IAAF is doing is an assault on women. It does not matter if it is only a given number of women that are directly violated but within the Collective Consciousness this is an assault on the feminine principle which women predominantly embody. This “castigation of the few to terrify the many” has been the cornerstone of the patriarchal divisive construct, so even if it comes clad in the name of “fairness” it doesn’t require genius to see it for what it is. 

Patriarchy is a very sneaky usurper of reason and logic especially when it comes with the trick of protecting the other while it tramples on another. Many a time it has come out with raving accolades from the very people it is tricking into controlling. The IAAF cannot define what a woman is, period. To then think that it is seeking to define a woman on baseless hormonal justifications is hormonal and should be condemned for the violation that it is. 

A great number of athletes become legends because of their uniqueness, biologically and otherwise. Usain Bolt would need to have his legs shaven off of a few inches if the IAAF’s concern was on fairness. How about swimmers who have a wider arm span? Wouldn’t we need to clip off some of their girth were we to adhere to the profanity that the IAAF is espousing on these women it has targeted for political correctness in order to sacrifice them to the same old patriarchal gods? Wouldn’t we need to take the measuring tape and a few prodding tools to the great swimmer Michael Phelps because clearly, he has a biological advantage? How about basketball players that are so tall they seem to be at the same height with the basket? 

The question arising again and again, is it fairness that the IAAF is after? It doesn’t need much research and scrutiny that fairness is the last thing on the IAAF’s mind. What is being perpetrated on Caster Semenya and others that “look like her” is an assault on women and the sooner we identify this marauding bull that is IAAF for what it is, the better. The world has been held at ransom for many years for something that shouldn’t even be a consideration, yet the IAAF keep wasting resources in pursuit of an abuse it seeks to institute as a norm. It is not normal to abuse a woman however widespread such abuse can be. The violation of women has never been fair, neither is it presently and never will it be, and the sooner we stop it as a Human collective the quicker we can evolve into a humane existence. 

Watch Caster Semenya’s Iconic Nike Ad below

Game of Thrones S08E01 Girl Boss Review

The event we have all been waiting for is upon us, winter has come. And, girl, it didn’t disappoint. From the title sequence, it was as EPIC as epic fantasy demands! The 3D animation map of the Game of Thrones world was magnificent, it didn’t just show you the 3D unfolding’s and mechanical constructions of the different castle’s, it also showed you inside the buildings. It was spellbinding! And, when the iron throne rose from the floor and unfolded, our viewing party all cheered in joy and excitement. From the beginning we knew, nothing was same.

I don’t know where to start…It starts with shots of The Unsullied marching in snow, to Winterfell. I can still hear the sound of the mechanical marching reverberating in my ears. And then, yooooohhhh, the power couple of the century, Queen Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow (who we found out in the previous season is actually, the rightful King, Aegon Targaryen) entering Winterfell, side by side on horseback, accompanied by the greatest army ‘modern’ Westeros has ever seen. The camera work of the opening scene is breath taking. Again, we all roared in enchantment. Expect Sizwe, who was watching his very first Game of Thrones Episode… If this was not dramatic enough, we then see shots of two glorious full-grown dragons flying over ice capped mountains, the Queens mighty army and Winterfell. The reactions to this military supremacy was electrifying. For us watching at home and for the hardy Northerners of Winterfell.

The Lady of Winterfell, Sansa Stark- Played by Sophie Turner
The proud Mother of Dragons, Queen Daenerys Targaryen- Played by Emilia Clarke

My mind was blown many times throughout the episode. Entire storylines came full circle and people that we have been following for years, met for the very first time or were reunited after years of being separated. The most mind-boggling scene for me has got to be the final scene, of Jamie arriving to Winterfell after riding on horseback from Kings Landing. The way they conjure up the suspense, as you see the figure of a rider, hooded and dressed in all back. They off mount the horse, take their gloves off and lastly the helmet. Revealing the face of the greying Jamie Lannister, the pompous prick we’ve grown to love, looking up into the light. Then he looks over his shoulder sensing someone watching him. The look of recognition in Jamie’s eyes, of Brandon Stark (the Three Eyed Raved) the boy he attempted to murder when he was a lesser man back in the last scene of S01E01. Jamie was #SHOOK and we at home were undeniably discombobulated.

In our post-episode discussion, it was revealed to me what the White Walkers represent. Climate Change and Weapons of Mass Destruction. It was not the first time I had been enlightened but somehow it previously didn’t absorb into my mentality. The feeling of coming to terms with the allegory of Game of Thrones was positively terrifying.

Here we are on Earth, “The Pale Blue Dot”

Seen from about 6 billion kilometers Earth appears as a tiny dot (the blueish-white speck approximately halfway down the brown band to the right) within the darkness of deep space. Photograph taken from Voyager 1 in 1990.

“We succeeded in taking that picture, and, if you look at it, you see a dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever lived, lived out their lives.

The aggregate of all our joys and sufferings, thousands of confident religions, ideologies and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilizations, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every hopeful child, every mother and father, every inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every superstar, every supreme leader, every saint and sinner in the history of our species, lived there — on a mote of dust, suspended in a sunbeam.

The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that in glory and in triumph they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of the dot on scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner of the dot. How frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds. Our posturing’s, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the universe, are challenged by this point of pale light . . .

To my mind, there is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly and compassionately with one another and to preserve and cherish that pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.”

Carl Sagan, speech at Cornell University, October 13, 1994

The Earth is on the brink of an ecological catastrophe. Due to humanities negative impact on our environment. A lifestyle that we have created and perpetuate in our day to day lives will only serve to destroy our species. But, the planet will prevail. Mother Earth’s capacity to incubate life is miraculous. Hence, it is us that will suffer and perish if we do not act now to reduce our carbon emissions, plastic pollution, deforestation and all the other capitalistic monstrosities. We are the people of Westeros who choose to take sides and subscribe to the ideologies of powerful people that believe in the delusion of their own grandeur. Who alienate entire communities due to petty border and territorial disputes. In the end it does not matter. The decision isn’t between this side and that side. It’s between the beauty of life or the end. Are we going to choose life or face extinction? Whether you’re a Make America Great Again Trump supporter or a Black Lives Matter Activist in the end we are human beings and we need to put our differences aside and face the end of our world together as one. Because, darling, the final season of global warming has come.

The Night King

There Is Room For Us All At The Top

We live in an unequal world although equality is one of those ideal principles that humans uphold. I think it boils down to whether you think human beings are born equal? If you do, then you believe the lottery of birth should not determine your life projection. If you do think people are born different and some are naturally superior than others, then inequality wouldn’t be a moral issue for you. Personally, I think people are born unique and that we have our soul missions and reasons for incarnating at this time on earth. And I think that life is abundant and miraculous. If you look at nature there is balance and there is enough for all the animals. But with that said the animals do have it rough, like if you watch nature documentaries, not all of them make it through winter…

Is inequality really problematic?

Well, I think it is understandable if some people have more than others. People are different and have different values so our incomes don’t have to be equal. What’s not okay is how large the gap between those who have and those who don’t have is. For example x person has 10 avocados and person y has 4. That’s okay both have enough to make it through the day. But when x has 1 billion avocadoes and y doesn’t even half an avocado, then there is a problem.

I guess it boils down to whether you believe we are all connected on the earth. There is Ubuntu an Nguni proverb and ideology, that umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu, that a person’s humanity is socially determined and what makes you great is how you relate to others. There is Namaste a Hindi greeting, it means the light in me honours the light in you, we are one and we are one with the divine grace. And, In La kesh Mayan greeting that means I am another yourself.

Photo by Eye for Ebony

All these philosophies, proverbs and greetings speak to our unity. If you believe in these philosophies then there is no real prosperity when only 10% of the world is prosperous for example. I like to think that we are all connected. That the human race is one big dysfunctional family. But, our family can be functional, I think peace on earth is possible as I believe in infinite possibility. Anything is possible. In fact, we are the ones who are preventing peace on earth from being a thing. By accepting what has been as valid reality. We need to be creative and change the way we do things. We have more power available to us as humans than we have been led to believe. We can create our own realities and that means we can live in harmony, prosperity and in the beauty of life.

Photo by Paulin Malet

Yes, there is pain and suffering. But like Buddha taught I believe there can be an end of suffering. It is said “pain is inevitable, suffering is optional”- Haruki Murakami. Pain we can’t really control, like if a loved one dies, the pain we feel from that is inevitable, for example. I have experienced this, my sister in 2016 died after a long battle with breast cancer and it shook my world because I felt the pain of regret, of loving someone but not showing it. And then you ask yourself what is the point of being alive if you don’t show love to your loved ones? In all honestly, we didn’t make time for each other in our lives. We never checked up on one another and visited each other but I cared for her and I think she cared for me too. That was the tragedy.

“Now I may have faith to make mountains fall
But if I lack love then I am nothin’ at all
I can give away everything I possess
But left without love then I have no happiness”

Lauryn Hill

This was during a time where I was experiencing an existential crisis. I felt as if there was nothing solid in my life and that everything in my life was in a state of decay. I would cry and question myself, who am I? I felt like there was no foundation to my existence. Just as I tried to grasp at family to feel stable, my sisters passing exposed that my family relations were far from ideal. This was the turning point in my life where I began to study spirituality. I remember waking up, showering, getting ready for a day at the library intending to do my coursework. But, all I would do in the library was study the different chakra’s, enlightenment, Buddhism, how to live with an open heart, mind and in the universal flow of infinite love. A quote I love from Harry Potter is “do not pity the dead, Harry. Pity the living and above all, those who live without love”-JK Rowling.

Photo by Marco Lima

The path to enlightenment and the end of suffering is a personal decision. That I want to live in alignment with my soul, with God and with love. This is a life filled with growth, joy, clarity, peace and infinite possibility. There is a certain degree of personal responsibility you take in finding your joy. But now, can you really be joyus when you know others are suffering for no reason?

Let’s have a thought experiment

Which is the ideal situation?

Imagine you’re in your room and you have all your needs met. You’ve got good tasting, healthy food. You’re wifi is working, Your bed is comfortable and the sheets are clean. Everything is well in your room. But you know that for people in your family are doing worse than you. They sleep on the floor, there is no running water, no electricity and barely anything to eat. In this example family is representative of the human race.

What’s your next step?

The first option would be do deal with inequality on an individual level; which is do nothing and say that’s life, there are the haves and have nots. But there is guilt… which eats at your happiness, so now in terms of emotional well being, things are not all well in your room anymore. Can you really rest assured? There would also be a certain degree of paranoia with thoughts like ‘I need to guard my room oasis’. When someone knocks there may be dread in your emotional field. Therefore, you would start to isolate yourself and when this happens, do you still consider yourself free?

Also, what if they were in your position? If you were the one without, how would you feel knowing your cousins living a good life and you’re struggling. Besides the pain of feeling like a failure, you would also think damn, can’t they help me out? We’re family, we are related.  Do they really not care about my well-being?

Photo by Eloise Ambursley

So in your comfy room you are aware that family is supposed to care for each other and that the tables could turn. Therefore, you could help out as a sort of self-preservation tool. A situation in which, I help you now but when I’m struggling I am expecting a reciprocation of the favor. That’s one reason to share and take action to lessen the inequality gap.

Then on a higher level, on an emotional level and from the collective perspective. There would be the urge to share because you’ll sleep safe and sound knowing okay, my loved ones/ family all ate tonight. You can rest assured and sleep peacefully in your room knowing you did what you could to help humanity.

But now, you also don’t want to feel exploited by your family. They’re able bodied and they can also work hard. You think this even though you are aware of the injustices of the past and present. Therefore, there may be the feeling that helping others is creating a loss for you.

Photo by Artem Bali

So what do you do?

My point is the existence of gross inequality hinders an individual’s sense of peace. You personally may be physically comfortable but your soul is uneasy. There is a path that serves you individually. The path that serves the collective and there is a path that serves the highest good of all.

How can you really be happy in your comfortable room when you’re alone? Wouldn’t you be happier if you had your own room but you could go visit your cousins room and not feel ashamed? And, that you could invite them over without worrying if they’re going to steal from you.

The Highest Good of All

This is a path of action that serves your personal interests and those of the collective. This path is going to be unique for everyone that’s what’s cool about it. Also, there are going to paths that overlap with yours and you’ll find your soul mates. When you live like this, you double your happiness. Meaning, you’ll find fulfillment. And, when you move onto the next life you can go in peace. I believe there is room for us all at the top, we can all live in prosperity. Nothing is impossible. And, with light and love, redressing systemic inequality is definitely possible.

Photo by Adrianna Van Groningen