Standing On The Walls Of Giants

A Blog post by LTAR Host Jermaine Gregory.

“With great power comes great responsibility” – Peter Parker, Spiderman [Stan Lee]

These are the feet of a young boy. I took this picture in the hope to share with you an image symbolising us standing on a wall and how the support we receive can be hidden by focusing on our achievements, but also ringing with a tone of LTAR that diversity is not a dance, nor a concept alone, it’s a way of life.

Spiderman… the first thing you might notice about it. Everybody loves a bit of Spiderman. He’s our friendly neighbourhood hero with both fascinating powers and a story behind him that is universal and highly palatable. See, many children love Spiderman as well as their parents. He exists through comic books, film and merchandise available for the pleasure and entertainment of all ages. I like a bit of Spiderman myself. Not my favourite Marvel character, but he’s definitely cool.

Stories really do help ideas and messages to stick in our minds. Now, going back to the picture… On this day I was walking with my son, as I often have been doing throughout the tumultuous 2020 pandemic lockdown period in the UK, and there was a wall that I wanted him to walk on. Having been a young boy myself I know the thrilling experience of riding your trike on the street and being able to climb up and walk on walls. I also want him to learn to hold his balance despite the fear of falling off that may come with this, but also it’s encouraging him to ‘find his feet’.

As he shuffles along at a slug’s pace of roughly 2-3 inches per step, I hold his waist and hand, gently nudging him forward to increase his stride whilst holding him tight enough to position his feet better, but not too tight that he can’t feel his own sense of balance. I can see that he’s tending to step a little too far to the left (towards me) and how his sense of proximity to me is shown here in that he expects me to catch him if he slips. Of course I will, but I want him to be able to learn how to walk the ‘tightrope of life’ with confidence while I am his absolute safety net.

This is very much like life and the sentiment curated by doing the internal work of critical theory at the root of reimaging the world. If only we might see ourselves through a child’s eyes we might see something so incredibly satisfying that we no longer hold grudges, grievances, nor any other nasty thoughts towards others. What’s the point in scapegoating your problems onto someone else that isn’t you? Divided we fall, and the ignorant and often hilarious rage racists exhibit aims to keep that in place. Together we triumph!

Walls… 

They allow us a new perspective if we stand on them, and in other cases they can refuse new perspective if we remain stood behind it where it towers over us. How far are you willing to go to spread the word on your passion for uniting the people of the world. We have to live with one another, so we may as well make the most of it while we’re here. If you have something to offer someone else, do it and make their world view different.

If we all contribute, we all win together.

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