Introducing Episode 47 – Family, Holiday, and was it OK to enjoy Thursday's meal
Is it our responsibility to be(come) new people, without families, as we create and unleash anarchy upon the world? This episode is about family, holidays, and our role in both.
Holidays in general are most interesting as a) Times of disconnection between expectation (warm homes, comforting families, supportive and/or steady friends, etc) and reality (frequently no or toxic family and/or friends, no money, no time off, etc). and b) Coming together with the people who we do want to share things with, in spite of the cultural expectations rather than because of them (Jews going to Chinese restaurants on Christmas, to name a non anarchist example).
Finally what should our role be in a holiday like Thanksgiving? Should we starve and abnegate ourselves? Should we fight all expressions of “thanksgiving” as part of the colonial project, smash dishes and cheer? Should we just bow our heads and pass through another opportunity quietly, like losers? This week, nearly our last, we will decide.