Toward Supreme Love in Self – (This Is an Endarkened, Feminist, New Literacies Event)
Resolution (Asher speaks: A story)
So much death came to pass on that day. So many lives were disrupted and lost. So many stories were told. All the political posturing and vengeful energy surrounding 9/11 caused a shift in the ways people everywhere live. It made the world smaller. Since I wanted to live on purpose, I needed to reconfigure my place, and make sense of my disquietude. That was, and is, my post-9/11 resolution—purposeful consciousness. Ironically, when I began to read and write in response to the stories I saw on television, the Internet, in periodicals, and people’s personal accounts, I turned more and more to the relevance and uncertainty of my own life. I wondered: What are my stories? Where do I fit into the big picture? Do I have some knowledge or experience or understanding to contribute to the world? How can I be of service to the human race as the change unfolds? What is my contribution? Am I helpful? Relevant…ummm, a little bit?
As I considered these questions I thought back to the day I was lost, and the piercing eyes of The Angry Man. At the time, I thought he was a terrible person. I remember feeling transformed a little by his anger and hostility. Even as a bystander, I was troubled by his affliction. My memory of him and his burning question, which has become my own, made me think harder. The idea that terror is highly...