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#FaceYourFears ❣️ By confronting your greatest fears, you unlock your greatest strengths!

🎐Wherever there is injustice in our society, you will find #Fear at its heart. Racism, sexism, ableism, classism, homophobia, fatphobia, as well as other -isms and -phobias often visibly manifest in the forms of anger or avoidance of discomfort. But when we dig deep, we often find fear at the root of it all.

😡There is no doubt - anger and fear are important emotions that helps us protect ourselves and recognise danger. But if we aren’t mindful, we risk succumbing to divisive, alarmist, non-nuanced rhetorics that colonise our minds, causing us to knowingly or unknowingly contribute to perpetuating cycles of oppression, trauma, and suffering.

💥Engaging in radical self care and community care helps us fight our fears - and ‘care’ includes human-to-human communication! Face-to-face confrontations with others are what will help us reduce fears that come from misunderstanding and ‘not knowing.’ Capitalist forms of ‘mental healthcare’ that discourage the confrontation of difficult feelings, such as fear and conflict, only causes issues to be swept under the rug, rather than dealt with. It is important, as part of a healthy human experience, to honour both positive and negative emotions.

🫂 Like a form of ‘exposure therapy,’ mindfully approaching fear and anger through deep introspection, and by having difficult conversations with others, can help us overcome them. The most exciting part of this journey is that once we overcome our fears, we become more free to unlock our greatest potential and discover strengths we never knew we had.

👊And as always, we know that this advice is easier given than taken! Self care and community care would not be ‘radical’ if it were easy. If it were easy, decolonization, the fight for liberation, and life under capitalism in general would not be a constant struggle. We must do this all together!

#WeAreManushyan ♾️ Equal Human Beings 


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