Do you know any barrier breakers? Maybe you’re one?
Here are some I’ve come across recently…
Firstly, Dylan and Shabba from One Mile Away, who are breaking through backward focus by questioning the received wisdom about what it means to be a young black man in the UK. They’re speaking out about the accepted messages they receive that benefit others while corrupting their community - including the glamorised images promoted by rap — and are working to make change even if it makes them unpopular with some in their world.
Why bother? Because they’re convinced that there’s a better way to live, and that change can only happen if there’s an alternative vision to the narrow one currently favoured.
It’s not the truth; it’s all an illusion
Then there’s Anita Finlay, who’s breaking through the barrier of downward focus by exposing the powerful, hidden forces that shape the US electoral process. Her new book, Dirty Words on Clean Skin, is a meticulously researched, highly readable expose of sexism and media bias. In writing it she put herself at risk of ostracism, criticism, and ridicule.
Why bother? Because she’s convinced that the better treatment of women benefits us all.
The brainwashing is so pervasive sometimes we don’t even realise it’s happening
Hats off to these intrepid, independent-minded, difference-makers and barrier breakers!
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