“We have been socialized to respect fear more than our own needs for language and definition, and while we wait in silence for the final luxury of fearlessness, the weight of that silence will choke us…. The transformation of silence into language and action is an act of self-revelation and that always seems fraught with danger. We fear the very visibility without which we also cannot truly live … and that visibility which makes us most vulnerable is that which is also the source of our greatest strength.”
— Audre Lorde, American poet and activist, 1934-92
Thank you Leslie. You Saturday posts always brighten my day. This week I’m knitting pink hats, which raise certainly serve to raise our visibility.
My pleasure, Kathy. I love Lord’s reference to “the final luxury of fearlessness.” Knit on!