Audre Lorde, self-ascribed "Black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet," wrote, "Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.”
I believe that the United States and many dominant cultures are rampant with what I would call "systemic narcissism." Even though individuals may not be struggling with diagnosable narcissism, symptoms of its impact show up in everyday life of everyday people. Caring for ourselves - in all our goodness - has not and will not be easier over time, unless we make it so. But unless everyone has access to that care, including mental health care, our communities and culture will not heal in the ways we desperately need.
And still. I have persistent, tenacious hope that healing is possible.