I’m hoping to dive into a lot of ideas and possibilities on this blog, and I really value the additional perspective that people’s comments bring. Part of my emotional charge around all this is that I’ve come to these ideas by intentionally releasing the teachings of the dominant culture, choosing instead to base my ideas about life on what I experience. My experience has been that many of the assumptions of mainstream culture are destructive, both personally and socially. I’m not satisfied with that. So I chose (and choose every day) to try something different. The challenges I’m hearing from a lot of the comments are the same messages from that dominant culture that I’ve been putting a lot of energy into letting go of. And that doesn’t make them unworthy of consideration on my part — not at all. I just have a lot of emotional charge around it, hence the defensiveness.