i’ll try to keep this short & sweet: what comes into your head when you hear the word “liberation”, huh? how the fuck can we come to a place that is actively liberating all earthlings?
our oppressively violent social systems work real hard to snuff out our imagination skills. have you noticed? we are bombard with repetitive media. we are overwhelmed with busy schedules, of to-do lists. and we are educated and paid to do work that challenges us in all the wrong ways: to concern ourselves with competition, with “fitting in”, with feeling less and working more, with finding personal value by numbers (money) assigned to us.
it makes you wonder what it is about imagining other possibilities that is so damn dangerous. like maybe producing more accessible ideas about “liberation”, beyond the “right” to not be hurt and exploited by others, could mean we apply these ideas into the organizing we do politically and the lives we live personally.
so back to the point, what the fuck does liberation even look like?
what do you see/smell/hear?
what are you spending time doing?
what do you feel as you exist?
now think about that. like, really meditate on those imaginations, on the dreams that inspire you to give a fuck about the what-could-be on our little planet. no, it doesn’t have to be perfect or the final version, because it probably won’t be anyway. but get familiar with that idea, to the point that you can keep a good span of attention on it. maybe write it down in a journal, like write it as though you are already there and writing letters to the past. or draw a picture of it and hang it next to your bed. or don’t write it down, but make this your secret mantra when you’re feeling frustrated and confused, when you need some direction about where you are trying to go and who you’re trying to become.
from there, you can turn this into a story. you know the “ending” of the story now (the vision of liberation), and you know the “beginning” too (right now, you reading this, getting inspired and stuff). so how do we all join you in getting from point A to point B? maybe write the story backwards, if it helps you get out of the depressing funk of everyday reality. or skip a few chapters and write about one of those really important moments that brought us closer to total liberation. or think about the characters in a story like this: who are they, what are their priorities and how do they communicate themselves to others? or the setting: the mother earth – how does she look in this future, and how does she fit into our collective transition from oppression to liberation?
seriously, try it.
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“Our strategy should be not only to confront empire, but to lay siege to it. To deprive it of oxygen. To shame it. To mock it. With our art, our music, our literature, our stubbornness, our joy, our brilliance, our sheer relentlessness – and our ability to tell our own stories. Stories that are different from the ones we’re being brainwashed to believe.
The corporate revolution will collapse if we refuse to buy what they are selling – their ideas, their version of history, their wars, their weapons, their notion of inevitability.
Remember this: We be many and they be few. They need us more than we need them. Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.”
― Arundhati Roy, War Talk