Since July 2015, my friend and I have been strolling through Longmont, Colorado, neighborhoods with the specific intent of understanding to what level people believed and feel they belonged to our community. We are asking questions, creating dialogue and forming long-lasting relationships. To date, we’ve had over 500 conversations and made over 500 friends.
The concept is powerful. It has two dimensions. One is relational – I belong to this community and the other is one of ownership – this community belongs to me.
dan and mike – from 2016
Our Belonging Revolution is the ultimate do-it-yourself movement.
not quite.. not ultimate.. this would be ultimate.. cure ios city
The vast majority of the people we have contacted on our neighborhood walks want to become more engaged and are willing to jump on the *commitment and accountability bandwagon that serves the good of the whole.
dang.. *not those.. wish we could talk
those are too opposed to our natural curiosity/whimsy.. which is where our best energy/art comes from
and to the engaged part – people need to be freed from ie: school/work otherwise we’re getting them hyped up when their schedules are already too full (costello screen service law)
We have begun to experience a certain alchemy associated with this sense of belonging that people so urgently want to feel
indeed.. it’s one of two basic needs..
imagining we focus an infrastructure on those
All of us together can attend to the gifts and capacity of all others and act to bring the gifts of those on the margin and elsewhere to our community.
to get there to the max.. begs tech as it could be..
notes to belong rev
Shafi Naqi Jamie (@ShafiNaqiJamie) tweeted at 5:50 AM – 18 Sep 2018 :
“Deeyah Khan, a Muslim woman of Pakistani and Afghan origin who was brought up in Norway, was visiting a far-right training encampment in America, where hundreds of men were sat drinking, with military-grade weapons by their side.”
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Time and time again she hears the same story, one of abandonment, of not fitting in, a sense of hopelessness, shame and humiliation, of longing to belong..t
And she hears how when the men joined their hate group the story changed to one of feeling like a hero, having a sense of purpose, a feeling of belonging.
It’s the same story that permeates Khan’s previous film, Jihad, A Story of Others, for which she spent two years talking to Islamic extremists, convicted terrorists and former jihadi.
“I was really struck by how there were so many similarities between the experiences and the type of people that I met both within the white supremacist movement, but also within the jihad movement as well,” says Khan. “It’s almost as if it’s the same guy, and it’s almost as if some of the deeper reasons are either the same or incredibly similar..t
2 needs & a cure (authenticity & attachment) deep enough to affect all of us .. today
“These movements satisfy the basic human needs that we all have, and obviously for very cynical reasons, because they’re wanting to build the sense of loyalty, the sense of brotherhood and camaraderie with these men, so that they can be directed towards whatever political aims the various movements have,” she says.
Ironically, while these are hate groups, Khan says their actions are driven by love– a love for the fellow members of the group that have given them a sense of family, a love for the leaders of the group that have given them a sense of purpose.
Khan believes it’s down to the “magic” of sitting down face to face. “Everything becomes real. Your words and the impact of your words. The weight of those words becomes real,” she says.
“Why are you nice to me?” she asks Ken at one point. “Because I respect you,” he replies. “I actually consider you my friend.” Despite making a recent journey throwing other flyers out of the window targeting Syrian refugees, Ken admits to Khan that she is the first Muslim he has ever met.
Is Ken her friend?
“Yes, absolutely,” asserts Khan. “He forced me to challenge my own prejudices against guys like that as well. I was able to see his humanity.”.. t
mufleh humanity law: we have seen advances in every aspect of our lives except our humanity – Luma Mufleh
begs a means/mech to listen to all the voices.. everyday..
as it could be
“This is a really hard thing for him to do,” she says. “He’s turning his back on his entire community. Now he really does need a friend because now he has none, he’s left them all behind based on a principle, based on these ideas that he no longer wants to subscribe to any more.”..t
This August, Ken is having his tattoos removed. Khan is flying over to be with him.
It sounds like the sort of thing a friend would do.