there is truth and there are lies.

some people may read that above statement as manichean.  all black and white and no grey, no nuance, no subtlety, no complexity.

i have been accused of being manichean.  unsubtle.

ok. but there is truth.  there are things that are real. and things that are false.

these are my truths:

the truth is that industrial civilization is destroying the planet.  the truth is that our infant and maternal mortality rates in the black communities represent a form of cultural genocide.  the truth is that gaza is an outdoor prison filled with 1.5 million people. the truth is that black boys in the states do more prison time for possession of marijuana than oscar grant’s murderer will have to do.  the truth is that 35-150 species of life are going extinct daily.

and there are lies we are told constantly, such as: industrial civilization will save us from extinction.  palestinians are not starving. and the destruction of our world is not happening before our very eyes.

so when i read:

We have been taught a pack of lies.
Trust Birth exists for the sole purpose of telling the Truth about birth.

i understand that there is truth.  there is reality.  and we must ground ourselves in the reality of the moment, rather than hide in the lies, illusions that our culture and society have fed us.

is this truth, is this reality absolute?  will it apply to every person, at all times, and in all places?  nope. the world is ephemeral, constantly changing, a moment-to-moment experience. but, the fact that there is no absolute truth, does not mean that we cannot from our relative perspectives describe the world that we live in.  and speak that reality, that truth.

the truth is that there is such a thing as birth (The emergence and separation of offspring from the body of the mother).  it is how we as a species and cultures have survived for millions of years.

the truth is that the majority of women in the world can give birth vaginally if they have they the space and time to do so.

the truth is that birth is a part of the life (The property or quality that distinguishes living organisms from dead organisms and inanimate matter, manifested in functions such as metabolism, growth, reproduction, and response to stimuli or adaptation to the environment originating from within the organism.).  and every day we wake up and and live, trusting (trust: To have or place confidence in; depend on) life to be life.

the truth is that trusting life, means trusting ourselves, because we are a part of life.  and trusting birth means trusting ourselves, because birth is a part of life.