We exist within a system of global violence that forces us into relationships of domination with each other, creates a situation where the material safety of some is dependant on the oppression of others, life energy is extracted for profit, and human existence entails the destruction of the planet. Whether we are in the role of “oppressed” or “oppressor” we are all caught in a dehumanizing system that alienates us from our true selves while wounding us psychologically, spiritually, and physically. The pain is different depending on a person’s position in the social structure, but the entire structure commits a deep violence against the human condition that transforms every person into a grist for an mill designed to extract all value from nature and people, monetize it, and consolidate it in the hands of the few so that they may satisfy the more...

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