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“Kairos… is an Ancient Greek word meaning the right, critical, or opportune moment. The ancient Greeks had two words for time: chronos and kairos. The former refers to chronological or sequential time, while the latter signifies a proper or opportune time for action. While chronos is quantitative, kairos has a qualitative, permanent nature.”


The current COVID-19 pandemic has subverted the status quo, especially when it comes to our human want, need, desire and capacity to tell stories.

Traditionally we have been told that stories follow Joseph Campbell’s model of The Hero’s Journey, in which the hero (or heroine) meets the mentor, the oracle, the guru, the shaman. The one who helps to provide enlightenment and guidance that helps the Hero continue on their quest. However, our current reality has forced many of us to realise that there is no one wise sage coming to rescue us, to share their knowledge, wisdom and insights that would help us find our way out of this pandemic. Instead, our behaviour in response to the governing mandates has led to the recognition that we all are storytellers and now more than ever the othered voices, knowledge and wisdom should be included in the wider cultural and societal narrative. …

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I have an interesting sense of stoicism about what is currently happening around the world in response to the coronavirus.

Whilst there are some focussing on finding or creating a vaccine I’m more focussed on what this experience is here to teach us, why now, and what we can learn from the past?

This is not the first pandemic and I’m sure that sadly it won’t be the last and that brings two quotes come to mind;

“Stars can’t shine without darkness.”

Or, as my mother used to say when we were young, being naughty and refused to listen to…

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How do you create a manifesto, a rallying cry and a movement that is truly inclusive of the beautiful diversity of the identities, cultures, experiences, knowledge and wisdom of womxn?

I call myself a feminist but in this time of increasingly digital, technological and algorithmic enlightenment, the word doesn’t feel right because I am privileged and I choose to recognise and acknowledge my privilege as a woman living in the developed world.

I choose to find out more and be empathetic, compassionate and inclusive in my existence of the lives, thoughts and experiences of others, especially of other womxn.

For me, the word feminist never really felt right but it has been a starting point for exploration, discovery and self-reflection. …


Adah Parris

AfroPunk, Storyteller and Cultural Strategist. Enthusiastic curator of people, patterns and stories. www.adahparris.com

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