Valarie Kaur

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Valarie Kaur


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Valarie Kaur is an American activist, documentary filmmaker, lawyer, educator, and faith leader.

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“Deep listening is an act of surrender. We risk being changed by what we hear. When I really want to hear another person's story, I try to leave my preconceptions at the door and draw close to their telling. I am always partially listening to the thoughts in my own head when others are speaking, so I consciously quiet my thoughts and begin to listen with my senses. Empathy is cognitive and emotional—to inhabit another person's view of the world is to feel the world with them. But I also know that it's okay if I don't feel very much for them at all. I just need to feel safe enough to stay curious. The most critical part of listening is asking what is at stake for the other person. I try to understand what matters to them, not what I think matters. Sometimes I start to lose myself in their story. As soon as I notice feeling unmoored, I try to pull myself back into my body, like returning home. As Hannah Arendt says, 'One trains one's imagination to go visiting.' When the story is done, we must return to our skin, our own worldview, and notice how we have been changed by our visit. So I ask myself, What is this story demanding of me? What will I do now that I know this?”
Valarie Kaur, See No Stranger: A Memoir and Manifesto of Revolutionary Love

“You don't need to know people in order to grieve with them. You grieve with them in order to know them.”
Valarie Kaur, See No Stranger: A Memoir and Manifesto of Revolutionary Love

“In the United States, white supremacy is intertwined with Christian supremacy, one an extension of the other. Any theology that teaches that God will torture the people in front of you in the afterlife creates the imaginative space for you to do so yourself on earth.”
Valarie Kaur, See No Stranger: A Memoir and Manifesto of Revolutionary Love

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