“An oppressive system often seems stable because it limits people’s lives and imaginations so much that they can’t see beyond the limitations. This is especially true when a social system has existed for so long that it extends beyond the collective memory of anything different. As a result, it lays down terms of social life—including various forms of privilege—that can easily be mistaken for some kind of normal and inevitable human condition.”
MISSION STATEMENT: Quite simply, the goal of this blog is inspiration through cognitive alternatives. By cognitive alternatives, I mean the ability to imagine how things might be different. Part cultural scrapbook, part political project, I am interested in the ways that social representations constrain our views of reality in particular ways that are often hurtful, yet I am also interested in how representation has the potential to be liberating. Those liberating aspects, however, can be hard to come by so I decided to compile them here (as they are brought to my attention). Obviously, what I find to be ‘liberating’ reflects only my own experience and desires for representation (despite my best intentions). This is why I would really appreciate any feedback, criticism or input that anyone has on this project.