Tallu Quinn: Receding of the Common Story and the Common Good

Tallu Quinn, executive director of the Nashville Food Project, discusses the trend of a dissipating awareness of our common story and of the common good.


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Stay Awake and Eat

Use this poem to center yourself in the words that Tallu spoke in her video about commonality and the common good. Reflect on the ways in which our own stories have been separated from others and how we might bring those stories together again.


Where did we get the idea that we are in this world alone?

In a time where society is a hodgepodge of separate identities

Where was the moment in time where we said, “I only need myself?”

 

Colors of all shades and sizes of all shapes and dynamic

Where is the thread that connects us all together?

The food that keeps us all going – broken down the same in each body

Broken down into particles that are exactly the same

Keeping us alive, keeping us upright, keeping us awake

 

Forks and spoons and knives and hands

Feeding us the same ways, each of us the same way

The commonality of who we are as humanity is lost

Dropped onto the floor for the dogs to eat

The commonality of the created wonder that we are – the wonder that is good.

It is dropped. It has missed our mouths. Fallen onto the napkins in our laps – thrown away.

 

How can we find it again? That common good.

Is it through the selfish deeds we accomplish?

Is it through the breaking of the intertwined strands that bind us?

How may we find the image of the God who is good within each other?

 

We say this to you, “Stay awake dear friends – eat and stay awake.”

Look at those who are around you for they are the faces of God.

Stay awake holy ones – eat and stay awake.

Find the common good for it is the only way we may move forward.

Stay awake and eat.

- Moyo Team

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Take Action


Finding the Common Good

Below are action oriented ways for finding commonalities and the common good in our society today.


  • The Nashville Food Project is a way in which you may connect yourself with a local movement to provide quality food for those who are experiencing homelessness through multiple programs.  Also, find organizations in your own community to get involved.
  • Volunteering is a good way to get involved not only because organizations depend on it but because it allows you to get to know people and hear their stories.  One of the easiest things to do is to listen to someone - really listen. Find those moments of commonality and respect those moments of difference. It is through relationships that we may be transformed.
  • Another way to connect is through a meal or preparing a meal.  Food and eating is something we all depend on and something we all share.  Welcoming all to the table to share in a meal may open the door to moments of transformation and fellowship.
  • Other ways of action are resisting those ways that disconnect us in this world whether it be racism, sexism, class divisions, etc.  Find local organizations that help to deconstruct these divisive ways of being.

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