This video goes to show you that there are all kinds of ways to use your individual talents and creativity to show solidarity and support for The Resistance. It's like Chris Hedges said in Power and the Tiny Acts of Rebellion:
It is time to think of resistance in a new way, something that is no longer carried out to reform a system but as an end in itself. African-Americans understood this during the long night of slavery. German opposition leaders understood it under the Nazis. Dissidents in the former Soviet Union knew this during the nightmare of communism. Resistance in these closed systems was local and often solitary. It was done with the understanding that evil must always be defied. The tiny acts of rebellion—day after day, month after month, year after year and decade after decade—exposed to everyone who witnessed them the heartlessness, cruelty and inhumanity of the oppressor. They were acts of truth and beauty. We must take to the street. We must jam as many wrenches into the corporate system as we can. We must not make it easy for them. But we also must no longer live in self-delusion. This is a battle that will outlive us. And if we fight, even with this tragic vision, we will lead lives worth living and keep alive another way of being.When this article first appeared last year, the Occupy movement wasn't even a twinkle in anybody's eye. Punk Patriot told me that Adbusters had been trying to instigate and facilitate a movement for years - Buy Nothing Day, for example, is nearly 20 years old now and is still a hard sell even in an economy when we could all benefit from opting out of the annual overspending binge we call Christmas.
|Buy Nothing Day 2011 - Adbusters|
The cool thing about OWS is that there is no leader - and that's called anarchy in an anthropological context. The Establishment - as represented by church, state and business leaders - inevitably says that society will deteriorate into chaos if they aren't in charge. That's Patriarchy and Hierarchy. Personally, I'm all about managing a community through consensus, but I have trouble imagining the sort of community governance I've observed at a small, idyllic Quaker sleep away camp in Vermont applied to a country with over 300 million people.
I guess that's where the spokesperson model comes in. David Graeber (my current enthusiasm) writes about this concept in Enacting the Impossible. I'm pretty sure David Graeber is not single, and even if he were, I don't know how I'd manage an introduction. He's cute, intellectually stimulating and pervasively passionate, though, which I've come to realize is exactly what I'm looking for in a single, straight man in my demographic who is generally sober with his own source of income.
Indulging my little crush on Punk Patriot helped clarify my boyfriend criteria. One thing I learned for sure while speculating on a relationship with someone a few years older than my son is that there's no way in hell I would get involved with someone a few years older than my son. Not for longer than a weekend, at least. Nevertheless, Punk has the essential qualities - Cute, Intellectually Stimulating and Pervasively Passionate. My old buddy Woody has those qualities too. He's hundreds of miles away, however, and cannot be called "reasonably sober."
I say Pervasively Passionate because too many folks associate Passion with Sex. Certainly any man in my life would need to be passionate about that - but nearly every douchebag on Match dot com says he's passionate when the reality is that they are only passionate about getting laid, watching football and/or baseball and sucking down high fructose corn syrup. Pervasively passionate people are fully engaged in life on a number of levels.
As you can see, Gail's husband Skipp (aka Babe) shows that he's pervasively passionate in his youtube video. Some people might think he's goofy - but that didn't discourage him from joining in the Revolution in a way that suited him personally. Not only that, but he and Gail have been snuggled up together for years and each still believes the other to be Cute, Intellectually Stimulating and Pervasively Passionate.
I'm going to declare that to be Thing of Beauty #35-10.
|from realia by Jennifer Morrison|