Hey! I’m Mayling 🙂
I made this blog because I want every day people to know that we have the power to change the world.
The summer before I graduated from college I asked my philosophy major roomie to recommend some “light” summer reading, and she handed me Karl Marx’s essay “Estranged Labor.” By then my Latin American studies and literature classes had already lead me to conclude that most of what is wrong in the world (poverty, wars, racism/sexism, etc.) was created by humans. And therefore it is possible and up to us to change them. But it wasn’t until I read that essay that I understood that having arrived at that conclusion, to then go on living while doing nothing to change the world for the better would be to betray myself.
As I began asking adults about these ideas, the common response I got was a disbelief that there was anything they could do to change the world. From that moment on, I began to look for a solution to that problem. And to look for a way in which I could make my art not only political, but empowering.
And so, in this blog you will find empowering counter-narratives that will inspire you to discover the power within you, so we may change the world in whatever small way we are capable of doing so.
You may say I’m a dreamer 🙂
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