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One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star. -Nietzsche

  May 12, 2008

We Who Are Still Children

We are not rebels. We are not contrarians. We merely say and do what is true and necessary because silence, restraint, and inaction are the choices of people already dead inside. If you cannot say what you think and do not take action to validate the world you desire, you are a mute trapped in a dream, watching passively as life happens externally without you

We are not cheerleaders or servants. We are not good at obeying sacrosanct orders because we would ask uncomfortable questions and point out facts that cannot be discussed. We can only promote an ideology to the extent that it corresponds with the world we have questioned and observed.

We aren't this way for ego purposes because it does not matter if we are the ones who do things. It only matters that words are said and the deed is done - better still if other able souls contribute what they can. We are happy to be unseen and unknown so long as the world now holds a little more honest life. We know the danger of this because the masses are opposed to truth and attack anyone who offers it, calling them names, distorting what is said, and trying to slander and shame the living into the ignorant passive silence or mindless sloganeering they expect of all people.

In one of his last interviews, Michel Foucault talked about how to view problems and find solutions to what isn't working. He concludes there is much to do and this should inspire us to action.

Q. Do you think that the Greeks offer an attractive and plausible alternative?

Foucault: No! I am not looking for an alternative; you can't find the solution to a problem in the solution of another problem raised at another moment by other people. You see, what I want to do is not the history of solutions, and that's the reason why I don't accept the word alternative. I would like to do the genealogy of problems, of problematiques. My point is not that everything is bad, but that everything is dangerous, which is not exactly the same as bad. If everything is dangerous, then we always have something to do. So my position leads not to apathy but to a hyper and pessimistic activism.

Our lives are short, but when we see a way to right a wrong, to fix what is broken, our innocence compels us to act like children and take action instead of evading like clever adults who make excuses in the corner to let things fall apart. In short order we forget our pains, our labor, our slanderers, but we will forever keep our spirit of eternal rejuvenation alive. In doing so, we inspire those around us to always take action to improve and correct what is needed instead of tolerating competent hands to remain idle while problems remain. We make the world around us better, more meaningful, more beautiful, and more open to possibility instead of taking the side of would-be jailers, censors, and commanders.

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