A Metaphysical Evolution: Realizing a Spiritualized (In)visible Activist Theory




Osume, Patience Funmilayo

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When I think about the term "invisibility," I cannot help but draw from memory about the social and political effects invisibility has inflicted upon marginalized and subjugated groups, such as women, the disabled, or people of color(s). I reflect on how the term "invisibility" can be utilized to generate greater awareness of the self through social performance, such as acts of humanity. These acts of human consideration allows for the observation of human interconnectivity and at some instances place doubts on varying notions of communal support that emerge during social interaction. The intent of my thesis is to expand on this idea: to develop a theory that not only redefines invisibility as a progressive term whereby its meaning shifts from how we perceive the word, but by drawing from the practice of metaphysics as a means to emphasize that being actively (in)visible can be a form of spiritual activism. Therefore, I redefine invisibility' by enclosing in' into brackets (in), which I characterize as the internalization of change within the self and (Visibility) [lower or upper cased] as a reflection of this internalization, which can be understood as a self-projection of social change. My theory aims to identify how the individual(s) execute acts of humanity that function as ways to create social awareness as "unseen" activism. I define a Spiritualized (In)visible Activism as a precarious engagement of a divine awakening for critical cognizance dedicated to social change, expressed within a secular framework, which can be expressed as an embodiment of being actively (in)visible. I discuss how the variance of the self suggests that the willingness to act is based upon personalized virtues, such as kindness, and not as a ritualized performance, like social advancement. I also discuss what makes up the components and externalities of being actively (in)visible.



Women's studies, Pedagogy, Spirituality