Once upon a time I was sitting in a coffeehouse reading, as strands of conversation from another table wafted over to me. Under discussion was Israel’s right to exist. I was very young at the time and had not heard the phrase before. That is it, I said to myself. That is what I am looking for, the right to exist. Now Heart has revealed these words by Sonia Johnson:
I am determined to live in a reality in which the concept of “earning” a living seems as bizarre and sad to everyone as it has come to seem to me. [...] [T]he irony is evident: by making us perceive success at work as proof of our value, patriarchy tricks us into working long, hard hours to maintain it as a system.
But more than that, that phrase exposes the father’s cruel lie that we must earn the right to live. [...] [L]ife doesn’t need to to be – in fact, can’t be – earned, and we are destined to recreate that reality.