This week I had the good fortune and good sense to attend a dialogue on Disability Justice in the gardens and farms of Detroit, led by local activist Baba Baxter. I was introduced to the Social Model of disability, which states that disability is a social problem that can be cured by treating the social and material conditions of ableism.
I'm so grateful to be exposed to this new to me way of approaching the world. A quote behind the speakers read "My only handicap is your attitude." An important piece of this understanding also seems to be that ability is temporary.
I return again to imagination, and how important it is to our collective liberation and survival. Your imagination is your own innate possession, and it is also our society's best hope to continue along our healing pathways.
I sometimes find myself dissuading myself of idealized visions because of the 'practicality' drummed into my consciousness by the version of the world I've grown up in. The negative voices in my head, and your head, and society's multiple gnawing gnashing heads, are not our best bets.
I'm inviting myself, and you, to imagine with my most loving and hopeful self, and keep imagining better and better versions of life and equity and justice. Let's keep expanding our consciousness to improve our imaginations.
Thanks for enabling my imagination all season long,