The Privilege of Options
If making good decisions is the backbone of creating a successful life, what happens to those who don't have good options to choose from? As a society, we judge every decision made by people who live in circumstances we can not even imagine. Part of this judgment is confusion around the definitions and usage of the words privilege, entitlement, and freedom. (All from the Apple dictionary.)
Privilege - a special right, advantage, or immunity granted or available only to a particular person or group
Entitlement - the fact of having a right to something
Freedom - the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint
Culturally, individual entitlements are clearly determined and delineated by the circumstances of our birth (ethnicity, gender, and status), especially in our Capitalistic society.
For those who know me (or have read this blog for a while), you will not be surprised to learn that I believe everyone is entitled to a basic level of privilege.
None of these things should be determined by birthright or the amount of money you have. Let me be perfectly clear - you are not, in fact, entitled to more than anyone else simply because you have more. Additionally, the pursuit of your individual freedoms does not allow you to hurt or disregard anyone else.
The basic fact that these things are all current reality - is a massive failure of all humanity. As is our misplaced blame. Our "judgy" statements do not help those who live in dire circumstances. They are in that place not because of the decisions they have made - but because they have not had the options afforded those with wealth.
Freedom to live comfortably without fear while learning and growing is everyone's birthright - recognize your privilege and use it wisely. Because - every time you choose your rights over someone else's, you hurt us all.
Weekly Creative Meditation
Happy New Year from the entire DRC Crew!
We will happily be back in person this coming week after our Holiday Break. Our schedules of sessions are still being adjusted. Once we hear from all of our members as to what they want to include - the Google Calendars for both Centers will be available on our website.
DRC membership is rolling. If your child is unhappy in their educational environment - please get in touch. We can help - right now.
"At DRC, we understand that your kid may not be into school. Or - that school is no longer serving your child. We also get that you know they would thrive in the right environment. We trust that each young person will lead the way in working together to create that environment from scratch." Because - "At Deep Root Center (DRC), we believe that all young people deserve a safe, educational environment where they feel like they are part of a community - and where they are free to explore all the possibilities."
And - if you feel compelled to start your year off by contributing to our work - find the donation button here. Thank You!
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