Learning to Hear Justly
Rupturing the Dominion of Force through Attention
Writing during Holy Week in 2022, it is easy to relate to the darkness found in the days leading toward Jesus’ crucifixion. The beginning of the 2020s have supplied no shortage of suffering and injustice. Whether it is the government’s refusal to reckon with the climate crisis, the COVID-19 pandemic or Russia’s invasion of – and war crimes in – Ukraine, there is no doubt that we are living through a dawn of a millennia shrouded in darkness. In the UK, the New Economics Foundation estimates that 23.4 million people will be living below a socially acceptable minimum standard of living by April 2022; that’s 34% of the UK population (Caddick, Tims, Stirling). All the while, the average billionaire increased their wealth by £630million (the largest leap on record!) during the first year of the pandemic. This is no unhappy coincidence, but a consequence of a neoliberal political imagination that prioritises profit over people, demonising those it marginalises, propagating the exploitation of millions.