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we are not alone
Episode 1510th June 2022 • PowerPivot • Leela Sinha
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I have said since the beginning, that poetry is my first language. We are not alone. And your story is as important as mine. Each story is as important as each other story. And when we bring our stories together and we tell them and we share our narratives and we share ourselves, we... exist.

Ari Felix at Saltwater Stars: https://www.saltwaterstars.com/

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They say I can't tell you what to do. That if I

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want you to change, I have to somehow work my way around the

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edges of your mind, weaving into it the seeds of possibility that

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then have to sprout and grow on their own. They say that I have

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to let you come to your own conclusions, that there is no

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way that my vision of what would be good and right and strong and

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true and powerful and beautiful, is something that I can just

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give you, that somehow your brain will not be open to

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possibilities, unless it finds them scrabbling in the dirt on

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its knees. They say that. They say that, but the thing that has

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most often given me inspiration is a window into somebody else's

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life, into somebody else's brain, into somebody else's

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transformation of frustration into possibility. And so here I

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am sitting in front of a microphone. Ari over at

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Saltwater Stars wrote this beautiful piece, and sent it out

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today; they talked about the way they've created success by

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moving from desire over and over again, and now, at the ripe old

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age of 28, and with their Saturn Return coming tomorrow, it's

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time for them to move from what that has created, what that

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moving from desire has created, which is for them freedom, which

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is for them, not breaking their back in service of a system that

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they actively do not wish to engage. And so I say to you,

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take this as your text, share your stories, do not be ashamed

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to share your stories. I don't know where we got the idea that

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sharing a story was rude. Somewhere along the way, someone

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decided that if they had gotten up the courage to share their

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story, that that meant that you should not share yours, that I

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should not share mine, that there had to be only one story

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in the room at a time because we couldn't form a collage, we

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couldn't overlap, we couldn't intersect in any kind of way

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that would be safe and strong and protective. That their story

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had to stand alone. That we had to stand alone and you know

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what? Trees that stand alone fall over. Redwoods are forests

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together. Nothing, absolutely nothing in this world is alone.

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And humans need humans. Even if we don't want to, even if we are

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frustrated and disgusted and up against, a wall humans need

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humans need humans all the time. We need each other. We need each

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other because we are not any of us perfect or complete. We are

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like the trees, we are a forest together. We also need the

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ground under our feet, the sky over our heads. The small and

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the large. The animals and the insects. The birds that fly,

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that remind us, that harken back to the times of dinosaurs and

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giant ferns. And before and before and before some of us,

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and our iPhones, closer to Tyrannosaurus Rex than

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Tyrannosaurus Rex was to other dinosaurs. That's how long they

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were here. That's how long they were here. This planet goes on

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and on and on and each layer overlaps the next layer.

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Somehow. Somehow. Each piece overlaps the next piece. Each

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story overlaps the last story and the next story, but also all

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the stories that are here at the same time. We are here at the

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same time. We are not alone. We are not alone. I have said since

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the beginning, that poetry is my first language. And that every

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other attempt to communicate is a forcing of the poem into a

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structure that someone else might comprehend.

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But I am tired of seeking other people's approval. I am tired of

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needing other people's approval. That was my first thought this

morning. And then Ari:

I moved from desire, I moved from

morning. And then Ari:

desire. We all have a desire to be known by someone in some way.

morning. And then Ari:

Even if it is only by the Earth itself. We all have a desire to

morning. And then Ari:

have a place, even if it is only enough space to breathe and eat

morning. And then Ari:

and sleep. But we all have a desire. We all have a desire and

morning. And then Ari:

that desire is connected to another desire or another being

morning. And then Ari:

or another, another something, a bigger something, a smaller

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something, a sideways something, we are connected; we are not

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alone. Which is not to say that we are not individual. It is not

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absurd to have the "I." But we are not alone. Our stories

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overlap. And the worlds we are creating are not solely our own.

morning. And then Ari:

Our worlds overlap. Intersect. We Venn-diagram our ways into

morning. And then Ari:

community, supporting and co-supporting and decomposing

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and breaking down together. Constantly together.

morning. And then Ari:

We are not alone. And your story is as important as mine. Each

morning. And then Ari:

story is as important as each other story. And when we bring

morning. And then Ari:

our stories together and we tell them and we share our narratives

morning. And then Ari:

and we share ourselves, we... we exist. For the first time

morning. And then Ari:

perhaps, we exist, when we are together. Which is all the time,

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