Tuesday, 10 March 2015

A People of Change

'We are absolutely clear; the responsibility for acts of terror rests with those who commit them. But a huge burden of responsibility also lies with those who act as apologists for them' Philip Hammond MP

Here the government propaganda machine is in full throttle removing all responsibility from their own foreign policy and a history of violence within our western political landscape that directly creates isolation, fear, hatred and extreme psychological stress that leads itself to extremist behaviour and ideology.

It is interesting how the government are seeking to silence any who would criticise its current approach to ISIS and fundamentalism by labelling them as 'apologists' for the extremists. Yet being critical of our government and the US/UK foreign policies and facing up to the reality of how these actions create a breading ground for countless 'Jihadi Johns' is NOT the same as condoning the barbaric acts and behaviour of such people.

The murder and slaughter done by ISIS is horrific, evil and deplorable on every level.

The murder by British and American governments is horrific, evil and deplorable on every level.

'The Great Seal...depicts [a Native American] holding his spears pointing downward in a sign of peace with a plea to the colonists to "Come over and help us."...The Great Seal is a graphic representation of "the idea of America" from its birth. It should be exhumed from the archives and displayed on the walls of every classroom. It should certainly appear in the background of all the Kim-Il-Sung-style worship of the grand murderer and torturer Ronald Reagan, whose...years in office [left] not only slaughter and destruction in much of the world but also major threats of nuclear war and terror, and as an extra benefit, a major contribution to global jihadism.' Noam Chomsky, Hopes and Prospects

Chomsky is right, and the sooner our governments face up to their own evil and their fertilisation of global jihadism the sooner we can collectively work towards creative and non-violent solutions to it.

But of course that will never happen. We will continue to make money through the selling of arms to dictatorial regimes, protecting our interests in the oil and water global market regardless of the suffering we inflict upon those living in total poverty, suffering abuse and powerlessness.

Violence is the lifeblood to our politics, defining our culture. Girard rightly points out that this violence will consume us unless we are able to find a scapegoat to bear the full wrath of our human violence. Peace is restored once we have sacrificed the victim on the alter of our mimetic rivalry, non-differentiation and fear.

Notice how people talk about people 'having OUR jobs' (they become our rival as we grasp for what they have), 'they are not like us' (they become the OUTSIDER because they are different to us even though it is our non-differentiation that is causing some of our anxiety), 'terrorism is a national threat' (be AFRAID so government can do whatever they want).

So we need a scapegoat/s in order to restore a fragile peace and justify our murderous and violent rage.

War creates wealth for the most powerful, fear to increase the power of the most powerful, violence to eliminate the most powerless and rivalry to sustain a capitalistic market.

Transformation and a recognition of our common humanity will not happen through governmental power but through grassroots collective, creative acts of mercy, peace and love. It is the refusal to allow the narrative of the powerful and the System to determine the outcomes and possibilities of our communities.

Without sounding like a cliché we can be the change if we are willing to be brave, stand with resolve and pursue justice and peace. Violence both economically and anthropologically will never be the solution because it will continue to create extremism and more violence.

A bold and perhaps deluded call to you all is to create communities of change who take seriously the lives of one another, come together in hubs of shared lives and genuine love learnt over time in trust.

Why don't we meet together up and down the country/ies to share our stories, to discuss the possibilities and work together to create communities of change? It will involve listening to one another, hearing the voice of the most powerless, vulnerability and sharing in bringing about change.

I'm not sure how many people read this blog, but maybe a few of us can try it out? Maybe a few of us can gather people together to talk and share and discuss and plan and work for change. I can only see this as a way beyond extremism, hate, fear and violence. The general election is fast approaching, so maybe this is an ideal time for us to get together, talk and share our lives and ideas?

What do you think?

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