Idk about you, but in my classroom, I’ll be out here doing my best to create thinkers and celebrate their diversity, for it is the spice of life (#stolen – oops). I know a spectrum of people: diversity is enlightening, brilliant and phenomenal. I have friends who are queer Christians (amazing). I know people who are trans, takatāpui, and people at the very start of their coming out journey who are treading water in their homophobic/transphobic families. I know some cuzbins (समलैंगिक). I have a friend who is an ex-Muslim lesbian (مثلي). These are some of the strongest people I have ever met. Whatever is going on for you, there is a way through. It definitely ain’t always straight and narrow – more like treacherous, with winds and bends, dark twists and turns and roundabouts and back to the starts. It’s also not necessarily the wide path either.
The only right path is the one that feels right to you. It’s when you know that you know that you know. When you get to that level of understanding, nobody can ever take that away from you. But i te ao Māori, they figured that out literally yonks ago.
Mā te rongo ka mōhio, mā te mōhio ka mārama, mā te mārama ka mātau, mā te mātau ka ora
This book is one of the best things ever, and I only wish I’d read it younger – rather than having to wait until I was 19. There needs to be one in every classroom, and there needs to be a K-12 version also, so all the little kiddies can learn philosophy and have their brains filled with the weirdest and most wonderful.
To me, philosophy is about the freedom and the ability to change your mind, to wrestle, and to come home to your own truths. It certainly is very weird what you can discover in the quiet. In a way, it’s the art of being a toddler.
The Sound of Music
Let’s start at the very beginning, so I can introduce you to some of my favourite things… Well, not all of them are my favourite, but together, they’ll take you on a journey alright.
Maybe you’d like to make your own playlist?
It’s all very nostalgic – I realised just how much music has always underpinned, undulated and punctuated my life.
One of my favourite quotes is “unfamiliar is uncomfortable until it is understood”. Unfortunately, the author is anonymous.
Ya know what was weird? Learning in my early teens that the Harry Potter series is apparently a big ol’ biblical analogy. Why it got demonised so much by some branches of Christianity, I shall never know.
If you are a person of faith and you would like to know how to be a better ally to those of us in the rainbow community, might I suggest some reading material?
- The Miseducation of Cameron Post – Emily M. Danforth
- Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café – Fannie Flagg
- Out on the Shelves (InsideOUT‘s Online Reading Resource)
My mum is one of the most intelligent people I know. My dad is gentle and kind; the best listener. My great aunt was born before her time. My great uncles are actual geniuses in my eyes. What a crazy world we live in, e te whānau.
I gosh darn wish I could play the piano like Anna can.
brb, just stimming with the trees x