Thinking Beyond Limits to a World Without Violence

Tamarack Verrall
Posted January 9, 2019 from Canada

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GDSTa6tJ-ag&feature=youtu.be

We have been taught since we were born that the world is meant to be the way it is. But the reality does not fit our hearts, our minds, our sense of what is right and wrong, our sense of what is necessary, our sense of what needs to change. Most women on this earth have been violated in some way by men. Most still have no freedom to choose our lives, too many have no access to money of our own. Too many girls are kept from going to school. Most people on this earth live in poverty. Too many have no access to medical care. Business is being allowed to cause ruination of the earth. Untrue history is still told, leaving out the brilliant ideas of women. History is still being told with one narrative, hiding that it has not always been this way, insisting that leadership must be solely or dominated by men. The truth is still not being told that this is not how it is, everywhere. But we know. And with more and more trust and strength in ourselves, we are telling a different story.

I am so heartened by what is happening these days. By finding each other, by challenging the way we have been told “it has to be”, we are creating a different world. A world of equality, of love, of compassion. A world in which we address poverty, inequality, violence of every sort, toward a different world. We need to trust ourselves in our greatest, seemingly impossible dreams, trust each other that we can hold onto the vision that a different world is possible and that indeed we are here and finding each other to make this happen. A world in which women and girls are educated, leaders of our communities, and in consultation with each other, globally. A world in which business is charged with serving the people who work hardest, and in which only business that conducts itself in harmony with the earth is acceptable. A world in which sexual slavery, forced marriages, control of women has been ended. A world in which there is no more war. This, I know, is in our hearts, these hearts that have been ridiculed so often throughout our lives, these hearts that now are creating a magnificent vibration of love through our connections within our communities, across our countries, and throughout the world, with each other.

It is through the love and the brilliance of women, the love and the determination we have offer, that we will be able to bring into reality what we know is possible. It is by the men and boys who believe alongside us that they too will benefit, that they too desire the vision we have been presenting to take hold, that this can be possible. A world without violence.

We have been called rebels, upstarts, dangerous, biased, selfish. We have been called utopian, impossible dreamers, naive. This we need to keep letting slide off our shoulders. Run from it, leap into the air together, fly with our gigantic dreams. We are pushed to continue to create change as we transform this deep pain we carry, this unbearable pain that we carry from our lives, and from what we know each other has gone through. We have created a magnificent, dazzling light, a potent mix from times of desperation and fury into brilliant love. We have been transforming this reality that we live in, into a recognition of and a commitment to this absolute necessity for change. This necessity for change is calling, building with an insistence that is all of the pain of women combined, into our collective call to each other, a call strong enough now to break a sound barrier, fill the air with rainbows, cause a cosmic shift. We know deep in our hearts that we are needed, that this change is needed, that our leadership is needed. We are creating a new world, a very different world, a very beautiful world for all, in which we have freedom, equality, justice, respect and peace in our lives, in the lives of all, and for the earth itself. So let’s keep trusting ourselves and each other. Let’s keep going. What we need is to make this happen. We are on our way, and finally, we are finding each other.

This story was submitted in response to A World Free of Violence.

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Lisbeth
Jan 09
Jan 09

Dear Aunty Tam,
Once again you have spoken:-) and I am very glad you did. These are exactly women issues in the society. You highlighted it nicely and I felt like you are speaking about women in Ghana haha.
Do Canadian women also faced these challenges? We here always think at least your women are better than us in term of violence? Maybe I stand to be corrected.
Thanks for sharing it! I hope you are having a very nice day...
Lizzy

Tamarack Verrall
Jan 13
Jan 13

Dear Lizzy,
It was my hope that you would feel I was writing about how life is for women in your country, as well as my own. So many women are being controlled and harmed by men almost everywhere, and yes, her in my country the courts still protect men so much despite their violence that only 3% of women are successful in finding justice. This is changing everywhere the more we speak out, all of us brave sisters here, and men strong enough to stand up to violent men as well. We are creating change together.

Lisbeth
Jan 14
Jan 14

Hmm I always think the higher a person is educated the less dominant. However it does not look so!

Marie Abanga
Jan 09
Jan 09

Dear Tam,

It's been a while I read from you. Hope you are doing fine. What a lovely though poignant write up. Yet, it's optimistic end carries it all, it is possible, we will keep going even if if we are called deplorable

Tamarack Verrall
Jan 13
Jan 13

Dear Marie,
Thank you so much for your words of support. They mean a lot to me. Yes, we will continue to be called names, but together we are strong and can let the names slide off our backs.

Jill Langhus
Jan 10
Jan 10

Hello Lovely Sister Tam,

What a great message and corresponding video:-) I absolutely LOVE your commitment, dear, and your vision! You are too right... we have been transforming our reality and it is a necessity.

Good luck with your story and video submissions.

Your utopian, rebel sister:-)

Tamarack Verrall
Jan 13
Jan 13

Thank you, my dear utopian sister. I feel you with me every step of the way.

Jill Langhus
Jan 14
Jan 14

You're very welcome, dear:-) I'm glad. I feel you as well:-)

Hope you have a great day!!!

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