We were swimmers in a sea not noticing the jagged rocks or the ruins beneath us, unless, through lack of privilege, we stubbed our toes or were pulled under by hidden riptides. Or unless you were a deep sea diver, intent on knowing the truths and exposing the flaws. If you were pulled under, or dived under, you could see the blurred outline of a city — the pillars of our world. The givens, the established, the set in stone, the written and the voted and the decided. This historical precedence, the economic necessity, the social norm, the accepted truths.
Hannah, I want to highlight so many things — I’m sorry for marking the entire essay. It’s gripping and beautifully written. I love your use of metaphor to highlight the challenges of the human condition. I am hoping more of us — and especially our leaders — will start noticing the jagged rocks and the ruins beneath us. Cheers!