Fat Souls Against Labels
I am not Black and You are not White
see also For the Beauty of the Earth: Lessons from Prince Ea, David Attenborough,
Louis Schwartzberg, Esperanza Spalding, and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir
"Fat Soul philosophy can serve as a kind of wide-angle lens through which to examine life, love, meaning, and spirituality. But Fat Soul is not just a lot of abstract head-talk, but rather mirrors actual life: it is shot through with feeling; it is earthy and active and poetic and whimsical and messy. It is never quite finished, and has a penchant for improvisation. It dares to cross borders, to speak new languages, to color outside the lines, and to laugh and play and think and dream and form rock bands.
If the word “fat” is just too existentially painful for you—I hear you—Fat Soul can also be thought of as an acronym: F-flexible, A-aesthetic, T-tender. These three words make up the essence of Fat Soul thinking. That is, a Flexible-Aesthetic-Tender Soul (F.A.T. Soul, if you will) chooses flexibility over rigidity to deal with the realities of change; it values an aesthetic of intense harmonies–diversified forms of beauty—over sameness; and it responds to the world with tenderness and compassion rather than control and coercion."
--Patricia Adams Farmer,
Fat Soul: A Philosophy of S-I-Z-E