Naked Stand-up Tragicomic: A Human Body Project Video (5 minutes, 2013)
Tasha Diamant will present the The Human Body Project off-fringe during the 2013 Victoria Fringe, August 22-September 1, 2013, and at the Vancouver Fringe, September 5-15, 2013.
"Here's what's 'wrong' with me. I was born into a world where people don't look after each other or even see each other. I always felt it and was never okay but I fully believed what I was told. That I needed to "be successful" and "pretty." I knew I should figure out how to fix my bothersome self. I tried harder to do that than anyone I've ever met.
One day I realized I was done. The only thing that will really fix me is living in a world where people choose love over ego/domination. It's super easy. Kids know how to do do it. There are lots of reasons why we've ended up training ourselves backward and I could say more about that but one thing I've noticed is that no matter how much 'research' there is, not much changes.
Our work is in the emotional realm. I happen to have 'expertise' as a super-sensitive emotional being who has survived! I am not an addict, a suicide, on the street, or crazy.
I do not thrive and I often struggle to function, but I am here doing my job.
This shift won't happen in my lifetime but I am doing everything I can think of to make it happen. I feel defensive because who I am and what I know is easily and often dismissed because it makes people uncomfortable.
I honour myself and I honour all of you who honor your own sensitivity and, I'll say it again, vulnerability is the only way forward." Tasha Diamant
"Because of all the horrible things that humans have done in anger, anger has been given a bad name. But it is a legitimate emotion that signals that someone has been violated.
It's time we raised healthy anger back to the rafters of acceptability, and worked together to clarify a way of expressing it that both holds everyone safe AND allows us to honour its inherent wisdom. Not abusing self or other, but seeing the feelings all the way through to the healing and lessons they contain.
This means not doing the forgiveness bypass--pretending to forgive before we have organically moved through the feelings. Feeling, expressing and healing first." Jeff Brown
"It’s ridiculous to talk about freedom in a society dominated by huge corporations. What kind of freedom is there inside a corporation? They’re totalitarian institutions--you take orders from above and maybe give them to people below you. There’s about as much freedom as under Stalinism." Noam Chomsky