When I wrote this, I was thinking about the many arguments made against social justice movements, movements for climate justice, movements for political and epistemic decolonisation and such. The arguments are often based on the utter falsehood that the past has nothing to do with the present. This fallacy presupposes that we wake up each morning, fully and newly formed, unencumbered by yesterday’s ideologies. This fallacy is predicated on not realising that humanity’s children are locked in time, doing yesterday over and over and over and over and over… just with better gadgets.
We of humanity
Are children of time
Attempting to outrun yesterday’s shadows
Without ever looking it in the face
Without learning how it turns
Without knowing the heart of the darkness from which it has sprung.
So we run straight back into yesterday