Liminal Power

Gradients, things that are not one nor the other, both and neither, points of contact and crossing, these are liminality. Many people are drawn to ambiguity. In anthropology, liminality applies to the state of being in between stages of life or rites of passage, but the word has crossed into a wider sense of ‘in between’. 

Falling asleep, doorways, androgyny, crossroads, the shoreline, the horizon— we are often inspired by thresholds. We identify with the vague as nothing in life is known to be unequivocally true. Scientific theories can be disproven so they must remain theories, identity flows and ebbs, and we live because we seek to learn. 

As we grow, we shift and change and better understand this strange, uncertain world, we may become curious about the nature of vagueness. People like myself who are forced to confront liminality at a young age may feel intrinsically connected to the ‘other’ and the ‘in between’. Trauma, disability, being LGBTQIA, BIPOC, diaspora, feeling forced out by the majority and othered by oppressors can mean finding comfort in the strength of liminality. 

Some people fear things which are difficult to describe, that which vocabulary stumbles on, like what it means to die or fall asleep. Coming to terms with how concepts pass from one to another and the power in the passage is a valuable instrument of peace and understanding. 

I don’t fear dusk.

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