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realizing the value of our similarities is crucial (with art) (english)
by unbridled artist's syndicate
Email: intheheart2 (nospam) ziplip.com
19 Feb 2003
Unfortunately, today's political imagination stresses differences and perpetual dichotomies. Whether alleged solutions be leftist, rightist, "centrist", or anarchist, we continually end up remaining divided and thus stuck in a weaker position. non-copyright art included
It seems to this artist that terroristic power (re: the state and those who own such) has us all right where it wants its "stupid" masses: well divided and quite weak.
We spend most of our time taking on each other with our differences, rather than our similarities. And, vanguardists in all the current imaginations seem to do well by this tactic, as they vie for the ever-so-slow method of building gigantic, cumbersome movements in order to reform the system on this or that single issue.
Even the anarchists who claim to be beyond left and right games seem to have their own version of rigid dichotomy, as they propagandize the "desires" of young rebels.
Then some indigenous guy comes along and says that he's never seen a formulation that he'd pick up. That was John Trudell, the Santee-Sioux who I've been promoting all over the place, due to his critique and vision being so damn original-seeming and fresh. I can't blame the John Trudell's, either. It's like the entire spectrum of European imagination is poisoned with a perpetual war mentality.
Perhaps that is it. Perhaps the mentality is just a little bit different than what their parents gave them and to which they intuitively rebelled from. And they still have the part of the oppressor inside them and they can't see it, struggling as they are.
Or perhaps it's left over from intense hurt due to the hardline position of many of our parents. Let's demystify that hardline, shall we?
As far as I can see, the hardliners are really persons whom have believed that they cannot "do anything" about *the system*, and they MUST submit to it, in order to gift themselves at least some form of waning hapiness, which they've been taught to value.
I wonder if this might be the underlying story for the more formal hardliners like Bush and the rest of them out there. What if they found themselves isolated and coerced into a Value System foisted upon them by their parents (and, in turn their own parents, and so on)? I don't care if you're being groomed for elite policymaking positions, you STILL are going through a de-individualization processing.
Perhaps the feminists can see this when they wonder at how the Margaret Thatchers, Queen Mothers, and Janet Renos were able to silence their female socialization so readily, in exchange for the mainstream "status" of a leading social and political elite.
I figure even they probably hate the trap they've gotten themselves into. Can they even trust anyone in their "grand" position? What if they have to constantly watch their backs in ever-burgeoning "paranoia" because they can't allow themselves to even trust their own children?
As old as both the men and women start notably looking once they're in these positions, you have to wonder.
But who cares about these fellow human beings? And why should you care? After all, they're not showing any appearances of doing something like John Stockwell or Ramsey Clark--coming out of the fold and going public with their truths. Still, it seems to me that we shoot oursleves in the feet by demonizing those, like Bush, who appear to remain completely ideologically aloof to the sentimental cries and pleadings of their foreign and domestic resource populations/prey.
What good do we do in buying into the so-far prevailing emotionally-potent simplifications which demonize Bush? It seems to me that this tactic only POLARIZES Bush supporters and keeps them from actually finding grey area value in the speaking of our truths.
This way of doing things brings me to conclude that perpetual dichotomist (Us vs. Them) politics is somehow in cohootz with the political police.
Look, I promote the sanity and possible beautifulness of ALL human beings. As we're going now, we're being tooled, and we've got to step back and at least look this situation! Because war is war, and the as the political war heats up (with the new kinds of covert action, re: sustained attack on IMCs in the wings) the fire can only be more fueled by inter-political division.
And here we have this amazingly unique, still quite freespirited machinery at our open-publishing fingertips. Why not use it/the Net as a way to find our common ground, at least with those who tend this way!
Anyway, the anarchists and leftwing fundamentalists (as well as the right-wing version) don't really have a chance in hell of making any serious propaganda attacks. They're/we're quite well out-gunned, there.
But, when it comes to undertaking a course of common sense and speaking our truths, in the midst of accepting the truths of others towards a harmony of genuine mutual aid (!), all that sophisticated technology and human stupidity called violence would shrivel up in short order!
Sounds a little bit wishy-washy on its surface, sure, but let's not forget projects like *The Rainbow Gathering* or public school busing...and the healing effect those situations have brought. Before they came along, we were even more divided and alienated from each other.
Do realize the value of getting to know each other better! And do dare to escape the comfortably numb confines of your local affinity group, so that you might drum up a crucially needed conversation with people you now so easily call "the enemy". Certainly there are many many people all across the spectrum, right now, who are against the war. In fact, I'm personally amazed at how many of my more conservative friends are quite critical.
The time is opportune. Let this art/article be a push in the right direction for those of you who needed a little extra *oomph*!
Finally, you may find value, as I, in passing on the following link to some of those people (or, better yet, taking this, and re-writing your own version especially for them, in your estimation): www.intheheart.net/blindly.html
You may think I'm politically naive, but you might be quite surprised if you knew more of my details... In fact, while I do see that there are certain limitations that nations (and their peoples) forced to maintain a service role to u.s. imperialist interests probably are going to have to remain trapped in for quite some time ("realistically), I also see that the u.s. population has more lee-way in taking this kind of firm position.
That is why u.s. populations aren't naive in standing for a loosening up of political sides, while their foreign comrades may well be foolish. What do you think? Try email, but it's likely mine is already blocked by the usual suspects...