Archive for March, 2009
“Do you think me a learned, well-read man?”
“Certainly,” replied Zi-gong, “Aren’t you?”
“Not at all,” said Confucius, “I have simply grasped one thread which links up the rest. “
Είπες· «Θα πάγω σ’ άλλη γή, θα πάγω σ’ άλλη θάλασσα,
Μια πόλις άλλη θα βρεθεί καλλίτερη από αυτή.
Κάθε προσπάθεια μου μια καταδίκη είναι γραφτή·
κ’ είν’ η καρδιά μου — σαν νεκρός — θαμένη.
Ο νους μου ως πότε μες στον μαρασμό αυτόν θα μένει.
Οπου το μάτι μου γυρίσω, όπου κι αν δω
ερείπια μαύρα της ζωής μου βλέπω εδώ,
που τόσα χρόνια πέρασα και ρήμαξα και χάλασα». (more…)
But for some time I have realised that my way of giving priority to the long-term, fundamental change and kind of macro-view on struggles are to simplified and biased. It is problematic because the more oppressed you are and the longer you have been oppressed, the more natural it feels and the more it becomes part of you. In that situation, in that context of naturalized oppression, even internalized oppression, revoluionary change, or just radical and fundamental change becomes utopian. In that situation, the most important step, the most valuable approach, is to expand the room for surviving, living, self-respect, community or need-satisfaction.