increasingly seems to me that the same things that are tools of oppression, whether cultures, religions or even ideologies like communism, can at the same time, in a different context, be a tool of liberation. among my people, the mizos, christianity in the early days liberated people from fear, and from almost exactly the same tribal bondage parris speaks about. when i look at how christianity is destroying our culture now, though, it is heartbreaking. same story with communism-what initially liberated soon became bondage. my personal belief (not that you asked) is that we must constantly resist the 'standard', constantly balance out the dominant system and resist it where possible. no system is perfect, and should not be allowed to absolutely dominate.
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