I’ve always had a deep love for history. Having been born in 1963, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated just two months after by birth. It was a tumultuous time in our American history. If I had been born in a Southern state in the 1960’s, my childhood would have been steeped in the deep frustration of a country dealing with racial diversity and equality; but I was born in Los Angeles, California. In other words, my 1960’s childhood was steeped in a very modern and progressive world renowned metropolis that represented a global “hub” of media, academia, science, technology and social standard. California in the 1960’s was not just dealing with civil rights; it was also dealing with the anti-war [Vietnam] movement; women’s liberation; the sexual revolution; freedom of unorthodox thought and expression through completely new forms of art, literature and music; often with the assistance of mind expanding drugs; encouraged by iconic literary and academic figures like Timothy Leary. As the media capital of the world, 1960’s Los Angeles was able to reflect and explore on the silver screen the confusion and experimental “mood” of a nation and world basically dealing with what I would call the “adolescence” of our humanity; and our country and the world took many of its cues from California during this time.
While my parents were actively involved in the “cultural revolution” of the 1960’s in California (They were not “hippies.” They were the coffee house “beatniks” who gathered to contemplate the purpose of humanity and the origin of the universe), I was completely unaware that the social conditions I was born into were anything but “normal.” I would later learn the profound significance of the mid-twentieth century; hence, my love of history! None-the-less, the fabric of my personality and world view was encapsulated and molded by the collective “energy” of that “time.” I remember watching President Nixon on the television addressing the nation that “the war is over.” To me, this was completely outside of my comprehension. You see, “the war” had been going on since my first cognizant recollection – it was on television every night. I had no idea that “war” was something that could ever be “over.” It was as if “the T.V.” had told me that the sun would no longer rise. In my life experience up to that time, life itself included “war.” This is a perfect example of early conditioning, and the significance of its effect on our perceptions of “normal” [socially constructed] life and expectations.
I grew from that time into a human being who has basically lived by three main principles: 1) always expect a miracle. This requires curiosity, imagination and faith; 2) hard work should always pay off. This requires self-responsibility and self-respect; and 3) wisdom is not having the right answers, but asking the right questions. This requires humility and devotion to truth. As an American, I have a strong sense of Nationalism; a deep respect and even love for our founding principles and yes, the “men” who forged our beloved nation from them. As a woman, I have a strong sense of fairness and social justice; a deep respect and even love for humanity and all life – in all of its wondrous forms. As a writer, I have a strong sense of faith in our ability to learn from our history and evolve; a deep respect and even love for our collective potential. I am blessed to have the ability to share in the process of facilitating our human evolution, and I will never take that opportunity for granted.
T.L. Dayen is a California native who has also lived and schooled in Oregon and Hawaii. Dayen earned her BA with Distinction from UHWO in Political Science with Psychology compliment. Dayen also studied the Martial Arts and Eastern philosophy for 12 years, earned a Black Belt in Shaolin Kung Fu and co-founded the first Chinese Shaolin Center Los Angeles chapter. She is certified in mediation and has worked in urban youth development and conflict management as well as Secondary education. Dayen has traveled extensively along both the Western and Eastern seaboards, and she has also traveled extensively throughout Asia including Beijing, Canton and several interior provinces of China; also Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand and Hong Kong. As an emergent author who has dedicated her life to personal growth, human understanding and collective evolution, she considers her co-authorship of The Female Imperative her most significant opportunity and is professionally and personally dedicated to its publication, promotion and its cause. T.L. Dayen is also the self-published author of “Home of the Red Fight with Blue Collar; A Collection of [political] Essays from the Underclass.”