Wednesday, September 15, 2010

The Finger Revolution

I got the title in the naughty spot there.

"A spirit only becomes free at the point where it ceases to be invoked as a support"
- Franz Kafka

There is a pervasive urge in the realm of humanity to divulge responsibility upon an entity perceived to be distinctly separate from an image of self. This small attribute of our attitudes is what beckons the rise of emotions and energies into states of conflict. An example of this is would be the call for revolution that many persons readily indulge in.

There have been numerous calls for the afore mentioned ‘struggle’, ‘revolt’ and ‘uprising’ against ‘the system’,’ the oppressors’, ‘the elites’ time and again. There have been various alternatives that have been taken into consideration and implemented on every conceivable size and scale on this planet.

The notion of supreme equality on the physical realm was implemented in all the communist countries. The idea of everyone having a say in the functioning of a system was implemented in democracy. There have been, aside from these two major blocs, various communities and lifestyles which have operated and persisted on this planet. The diversity of our experiments upon us is the subject of understanding here. The results – none of it works in order to optimally satisfy every individual.

The root of it all, so it seems at this point to the author, is the notion of individuality in itself. There is an image of a body built over time that is referenced as an individual entity. It is true that the physical self appears to be distinct and unique from that which is beyond the confines of its skin but the essential misconception is that this self exists as a unit in itself – and it most certainly does, but not in the traditional sense that it is understood in. The understanding that we have of the world around us is that it is comprised of energy or matter (they are interchangeable anyway), depending on your school of thought, yet this energy is not simply within the confines of your skin, it exists and will continue to do so beyond it as well.

Rerouting back to the subject of the essay; the call for revolution seems to miss this point entirely. A revolution or ‘change’ as perceived by most people is external. “Here, look son, there is some injustice happening there so we should worry about it here and parade outside a sandcastle called the parliament.” Perhaps even burn it down. It is absolutely ludicrous. There is no possible way to fight the so called system as all the pain inflicted by it is caused by the internal self. This calls for elaboration; So I continue to type like an idiot who has contracted a localized form of epilepsy that is limited to the regions of the palms - and sometimes the jaw.

The issue, so I proclaim, is internal as the imbalance that is perceived 'outside' is merely a reflection of the turmoil within. A truly content person would not be bothered by misappropriated portrayals of concocted concepts like 'injustice' or 'tragedy'. They are diegetic forces that are great for weaving exciting stories of Kings and Countries but in reality they are nothing but mere words used to invoke pointless conflicts in and around those who do not know better. On the other hand, it is a simple dismissal of the potential of those who enlist their support for these activities. Instead of actualizing potential and having the courage to accept and readily involve oneself in the process of bettering ones outlook the call for revolution simply provides an illusion of tragedy thereby giving its propagators a sense of upliftment for doing something about it. It is merely a transfer of responsibility that rightfully belongs in the individual into a constructed concept of the 'other' thereby ridding the indulgent from guilt.

So is there an answer at the end of it all? Do we just go on and accept whatever we get and not question it? Do we just accept all the killing the bloodshed and others such without saying a word as it is not 'our' responsibility?

These questions have one answer and that is simple. Yes, they are relevant as we are indeed damaging ourselves and others due to our wrongly assessed priorities but with a change from within a change beyond can be possible and not the other way round. Once the misconceptions of the mind are overcome only then can it be possible to move beyond itself and apply positive changes into the environs. Without this the effects can be damaging for both the individual and the cause.

Don't point fingers at others man, its fuckin' rude.

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