Specifically, I almost gasped at the moment when the women are disenfranchised financially, overnight. (It reminds me of the East Germans, who put up the entire Berlin Wall overnight.) At that point in the book, cash money was a thing of the past. All the money was on something called a Compucount. One day, all the women’s accounts are deactivated.
The passage reads:
They’ve frozen them, she said. Mine too. The collective’s too. Any account with an F instead of an M. All they needed to do is push a few buttons. We’re cut off.
End of excerpt.
All the actions of our executive branch right now seem to me along this continuum. The firings, the arrests of journalists, the aggressive attempts to curtail women’s reproductive freedom.
Are we there yet? We’re there.
For me, I’m not drawn to watch the new filmed version of the Handmaid’s Tale, nor to reread the book. My first reading was so impactful, I don’t think it can be topped, and these days I feel like I’m reading the Handmaid’s Tale every time I pick up a newspaper. But maybe there are people waking up because of this TV version, or being inspired to read the book. One hopes.
The best way to stop a dog fight, is to prevent one from happening. Part of that is distribution of resources. If people weren’t facing financial and medical hardships of the most fundamental kind in this country, this person would never have been elected. So cultivating fairness, abundance, and care for all is the way to go, and of course, exercising our civil liberties vibrantly, while we still can.
I’m taking strength from stories of dissent from the past. Watching the PBS documentary Freedom Riders. We’ve been here before, and there are many templates of courage for us to draw from.
For most of us, me included, it’s hard enough to send love to the difficult situations in our own personal lives, much less tackle these huge things.
But I think it’s most important to keep the faith in the heart strong. Faith in yourself, and faith in humanity. I can’t say we’re better than this, because this is who we are, but in the most purely spiritual sense, I can say we’re for better than this. We’re made for better than this. Our purpose is love. That’s what I’m trying to remember, on all fronts.
Love you friends.