In my forthcoming book, Uncommon Courage, one of the many things I talk about is how invested we seem to be in dissecting/gossiping/judging other people’s lives, and yet, how can we ever know the true story of the life of another? None of us have all of the data when it comes to other people – even those closest to us – so why do we waste our time, energy and attention on this?
Is it because we love it? Is it because it’s so tantalizing?
We had a global case study of it this week with the Oprah, Meghan, Harry interview, plus the Piers Morgan sideshow. To be very clear, I don’t have opinions one way or another. I have Royalist friends, as much as I have those opposed to Royalty. Regardless of what everyone else thinks, I am completely neutral. Always the observer, I suppose.
What I have found interesting is the vitriol on both sides of the conversation. Such deep hatred being expressed. And I look at it all, wondering why we need to jump on board in the first place? Wondering why any of us think we know what it is like to be them? Wondering why we care so much?
However, there are two aspects of this whole story that do concern me. We live in a time where we claim that women must be heard and racism must be named and addressed. And yet, when someone raises her own mental health challenges and racism experiences in the heart of the Royal Family, it’s perfectly acceptable to say – we don’t believe you. And this is due to her title and privilege in the family.
If we do not create space for all people, especially women, to be able to speak their truth – regardless of what we think about it and regardless of who they are – we create dangerous precedents where other’s don’t feel they can speak up. It makes people – who are less powerful – fearful, and that will always concern me.
Is it true? Is it false? That is not the issue. If it happened, it must be faced, because if this family doesn’t address it, what hope do we have for the world to move forward and change?
I hope, at some point, we can see all of these moments as an opportunity for change, because ultimately, the most important issue of our time is a need for radical societal change across all countries in the world. Because if we don’t, we will not be able to tackle the real threats humanity faces.
And please, I don’t want to argue with anyone about this story. I know people have very strong ideas both ways, and I believe we have a right to it. I also believe we have the right to speak them. My comments are not about our rights, but about the impact we have in expressing them. My point is much bigger than this story. It’s about the right to speak up and be heard – especially if you are a woman of colour. Nothing more.
Ultimately, we have much bigger issues to deal with, and that is where my mind is constantly focused, which is why I share these weekend reads. I hope you value them.
International Women’s Day – Hype or Hope? Huge appreciation to my friend Lavinia Thanapathy for writing this article. It really captures the issues we must address, because equality really is good for everyone. Anyone actively fighting against equality makes life worse for all.
The Difference One Man Can Make: A Personal Story – a wonderful reflection by Su-Yen Wong. Men as allies make all the difference in creating a better future for women, and that starts at home.
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Content to read
And here’s the content I’ve been reading this last week. Scan the headlines, read the ones that jump out at you, read or watch them all. Knowledge is power, and global knowledge is even more powerful.
Climate Crisis / 6th Mass Extinction
You Got the Vaccine! What Can You Do Now? Tks Kimi MC
Harry, Meghan, Oprah, Piers
‘I’m Sickened’ Piers & Susanna Clash Over Prince Harry & Meghan Interview
Kevin Rudd joins calls for independent inquiry into Porter claims – tks Phillipa Edwards
Business and Technology
Thailand can become the top destination for vacations with crypto tks Caryl McDonald
How to poison the data that Big Tech uses to surveil you tks Deepthi Anne
Hollywood bigwigs shower praise on creators of Minnesota bowling alley drone video Tks Wayne Chan – brilliant!
Social issues (#BlackLivesMatter) and humanity
Pope, top Iraq Shiite cleric deliver message of coexistence tks Claude Calleja
5 Insidious Thoughts Holding You Back In Midlife And How To Eliminate Them. Tks Scott Friedman
Drive For Five Launch Video
Passion, humour, history
Let me know what jumped out at you?
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