It's imperative that we talk - and that we own and share what we believe and what we value.
We need to talk clearly, with civility, and with genuine desire to hear and understand.
It's time to talk honestly, not ONLY with those with whom we agree, but perhaps most importantly, with those with whom we do not.
I believe it is time to know what we're supporting when we buy products and services from others who stand to profit from our purchases. And so in fairness, it must also be time to be upfront about what we believe when we ask people to pay us for our products and services.
People's politics matter. The politics of the businesses we support matter.
I fully understand that sharing our beliefs and our values runs the risk of losing business.
I am deeply committed to living my life at the intersection Art, Philosophy, and Practice.
For me, this means living a life in which what I create and put out into the world (art) aligns with what I believe and value (philosophy), and with what I do - the way I spend my time and act toward others (practice).
I am strongly opposed to isolationism, to hate, to torture, to walls, to fear mongering, to cutting off communication between and among people.
I am strongly opposed to limiting access to information, to blatant abuse of power, to pitting people against each other instead of helping them connect.
I am strongly opposed to intentionally fueling conflict instead of fostering understanding.
I reject the ideas that "might makes right," and the "ends justify the means."
So while conventional business wisdom tells us to keep our politics out of our businesses, I believe the time for that has passed.
I am committed to cultivating COMPASSION, CONNECTION, and CLEAR SEEING. These commitments are central to my life, to my work, and to my business. My politics reflect these commitments.
I believe the time has come for all of us to get clear about what we believe and value, how and in what type of world we wish to live. The time has come to act from a place of this clarity.
If ever there was a time to 'put our money where our mouths are,' to 'walk our talk,' and to 'stand up and be counted,' this is it!
I do hope you'll continue to support my business - that I'll see and work with you at the APP Space: a place for Art, Philosophy, and Practice - not in spite of my politics and commitments, but perhaps because of them.
Respectfully and with loving kindness,