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About subincontinentia

writer and eternal optimist

the unwritten letter

Two years ago, someone very close to me sent me a message that was deeply hurtful. Reading those words was like eating glass. I was shocked, astonished, angry, and wounded for a long time. They never apologized or even acknowledged … Continue reading

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The Great Divide

Tonight I say farewell to thoseWho sing the songs of all our woes. Tonight I stumble on the chanceWith them who still know how to dance. We speak about the Great DivideOur differences so yawning wide. And yet you take … Continue reading

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The importance of social connection to feeling safe

Our sense of safety and social connection are intrinsically interlinked, creating feedback loops that allow us to not only form healthier connections with others but to combat loneliness and be more gracefully alone. Dr. Stephen Porges calls the ventral vagal … Continue reading

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Bubbles of mine

Oh how soon I’m in dance with the Other
And the One skips right into the We.

Bubbles of mine, bubbles of mine,

Linger awhile, dear sister, dear brother
For so few abide with me.
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Move over Mr. Burns: how the institutional imperative explains state and corporate corruption

Most of us are governed by institutions, and when they go bad we suffer serious consequences from entrusting them with our welfare. I came across a term recently that set off a whole series of lightbulbs in my head. The … Continue reading

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Leave it broken

Along a sombre winter roadI felt this life a heavy loadA robin blown upon a treeBegan to sing, it seemed, to me. “Stay the hand that would repairThe heart’s old wounds, Each cut and tear.Hear the deathless love well spokenStay … Continue reading

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drawing a blank

The blank pageDishevels my thoughts Sends them reeling Ten directions The blank canvas,Unravels my mind, Sends me teemingTo times gone, and to become But there is nothingNothing more disarming than the look You laid upon me When I told youThat … Continue reading

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The future is China

From predatory boardroom practices to draconian public health measures, Orwellian technologies, state-corporate partnerships on censorship and surveillance, Digital ID’s to social credit scores, China‚Äôs ways are quietly going global. PHOTO: Qilai Shen We may prefer to forget that China operated … Continue reading

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Pieces of me

Pieces of meCrumbling down like bits of an abandoned houseThere goes another broken tileA shard of shattered window glassAn historic stone. With each gesture of deconstructionLess and less remainsOf what bound it all togetherIn that seeming entityA house, a life, … Continue reading

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See no evil, farewell to the good

Why imagining evil is key to our very survival We need to rediscover our capacity for imagining evil, not just in the mind of an individual but at scale. If we do not, evil will consume us as it has … Continue reading

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