I feel grateful every day to have a place to come home to where I feel happy and safe, even when other aspects of my life feel like they’re falling apart. So, I found myself really loving the most recent post on Adrienne Maree Brown’s blog, about the human right to ‘home’:
recently i have been experiencing the unique joy of home, when my home is in order, has the right amount of things in it and no more, has capacity for holding friends, family, laughter. when the lighting is just right and the sun filters in just so and i have to pause and revel in the clean spare beautiful lines of my home. home for me means the place where i feel safe, surrounded by beauty, the place in which i receive the world.
i think it’s no mistake that one of the oldest sounds we know of, om, is in the word home – i feel it when i am in it.
She goes on to connect this right to home and the feeling of safety that you have when you find it to the massacre that’s happening in Gaza right now:
when i look at israel i see that we as humans have so much to learn about addressing collective trauma. to be without home is dehumanizing – it is a violence unto itself, and increases the vulnerability to other violence. i’ve been learning that with patterns of bullying and abuse, most people who use violence to move through life learn that behavior by receiving and witnessing violence at a formative age. and that the bullies, underneath the bravado and actions of violence, still feel like victims, powerless.
in the same way it is clear that continual displacement mixed with violence has created the conditions by which the primarily european descended israeli population can feel justified in displacing and murdering the people of palestine, and still call themselves the victims. as with the violent child, steps must be taken to disarm, deescalate, resolve conflict and redirect the positive desire for safety towards a viable option. because home has to be a place where violence is abnormal, free from the tension of potential attack, where none of the children are seen as soldiers, or collateral damage.
Check out her piece, ‘the human right to home’, here!