Aydasara Ortega Torres is a Faculty Member of Psychology at the College of Mount Saint Vincent.
We live in emphatically defiant times. Our present seems defined not only by global uprising, but, even more decisively, by the open-endedness of global uprising. To speak of uprising today is no longer to speak of an event or moment in time, but of a protracted, discontinuous temporality. Uprising in many senses is our present. Part of the way things just are. | Global Uprising 2020-2021 (nyu.edu)
Reading news about global uprising - where things seem “open-ended” - makes me recall one of the questions I ponder with my students:
Can the "I" become "we" to the extent that the "others" are multiple "I"?
Read it again:
¿Puede el “yo” devenir “nosotros” en la medida en que los “otros” son múltiples “yo”?
Or have you not ever wondered about the possibility of having and also being multiple selves? Distinct, depending on the situation.
Multifarious. Multitudinous. Multidimensional.
Multipulse, so to speak.
Not displacing or competing with our “self” but complementing it, by framing it in the multidimensional contexts where all psychological interpretation occurs.
This is a decade that demands we rethink how we understand collective action.
What kind of concepts might capture and make sense of the ubiquity of shared feelings of having had enough, of being unable to tolerate things as they are, of the willingness to put bodies and life on the line?
What constitutes uprising?
What do we call this discontinuous chain of forms of refusal, protest, disobedience, and flight?
How do we historicize it?
Because we don't stand alone.
We Won't Stand Alone
© 2021 Aydasara Ortega Torres