"There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. If you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is; nor how valuable it is; nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours, clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep open and aware directly to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open. No artist is pleased. There is no satisfaction whatsoever at anytime. There is only a queer, divine dissatisfaction; a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others." - Martha Graham
Sunday March 16, 2014 at 3:31107 notes
We do live in end-times, of a sort. Not the end of the world — the planet will carry on with or without us — but the end of the human systems that structure our politics, economics, and social life… If all this seems like more than one can bear, it’s because it is. We are facing new, more expansive challenges. Never in human history have potential catastrophes been so global; never have social and ecological crises of this scale threatened at the same time; never have we had so much information about the threats we must come to terms with.
It’s easy to cover up our inability to face this by projecting it onto others. When someone tells me “I agree with your assessment, but people can’t handle it,” I assume what that person really means is, “I can’t handle it.” But handling it is, in the end, the only sensible choice.
…I’m not interested in empty rhetoric drawn from past revolutionary moments. Yes, we need a revolution — many revolutions — but a strategy is not yet clear. So, as we work patiently on reformist projects, we can continue to offer a radical analysis and experiment with new ways of working together. While engaged in education and community organizing with modest immediate goals, we can contribute to the strengthening of networks and institutions that can be the base for the more radical change we need. In these spaces today we can articulate, and live, the values of solidarity and equity that are always essential.
To adopt an apocalyptic worldview is not to abandon hope but to affirm life. As James Baldwin put it decades ago, we must remember “that life is the only touchstone and that life is dangerous, and that without the joyful acceptance of this danger, there can never be any safety for anyone, ever, anywhere.” By avoiding the stark reality of our moment in history we don’t make ourselves safe, we undermine the potential of struggles for justice and sustainability.
As Baldwin put it so poignantly in that same 1962 essay, “Not everything that is faced can be changed; but nothing can be changed until it is faced.””
This post was reblogged from Culture of Resistance.
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Monday December 26, 2011 at 22:229 notes
People of the world have once again gathered to celebrate the incorrectly dated birthday of a two-thousand year old imaginary god. They have decorated their homes with symbols that have absolutely nothing to do with the birth of “Christ”, and have exchanged gifts which they cannot afford to buy, putting themselves further in debt to the fraudulent and paradoxical banking system that runs this world.
Sunday December 11, 2011 at 19:4422 notes
Christmas: the annual mad feeding frenzy where people stampede through shopping centers to buy perfunctory gifts for each other, which end up either being thrown away or tossed into a dark corner. The adverts tell you it’s all meaningful, but actually it’s just the season to get yourself into debt because of our obsession with buying useless crap no one actually needs, for people we often don’t even like. Merry fucking Christmas.
This post was reblogged from A Bothered Mind.
Monday December 05, 2011 at 17:174 notes
That’s the sound of another door shutting in,
In the face of progress, in the face of progress.
Tuesday November 29, 2011 at 19:146 notes
There’s no police between two beating hearts.
Thursday November 24, 2011 at 22:297 notes
If it ain’t about revolution then it don’t mean shit to me.
Tuesday November 22, 2011 at 19:3716 notes
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