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Philosophy/Poetics/Politics

Month: February, 2011

Twin Verses

The Dhammapada
chapter 1

Our life is shaped by our mind; we become what we think. Suffering follows an evil thought as the wheels of a cart follow the oxen that draw it.

Our life is shaped by our mind; we become what we think. Joy follows a pure thought like a shadow that never leaves.

“He was angry with me, he attacked me, he defeated me, he robbed me” – those who dwell on such thoughts will never be free from hatred.

“He was angry with me, he attacked me, he defeated me, he robbed me” –those who do not dwell on such thoughts will surely become free from hatred. Read the rest of this entry »

A Hard Rain: Afghanistan, St. Louis, and How to Make Peace

Join us for a round table discussion with Andrew Wimmer on his article, “A Hard Rain: Afghanistan, St. Louis, and How to Make Peace” (Karen House Round Table, Winter 2011) …

Monday 28 February 2011
1077 South Newstead
Forest Park Southeast
Saint Louis, MO
63110

Potluck dinner at 6 (please bring something to eat or drink)
Discussion of article begins at 6:45
Please read Andrew’s article beforehand and come with thoughts, questions, connections, and insights!

A Hard Rain: Afghanistan, St. Louis, and How to Make Peace
Andrew Wimmer

War and Capital: “A Hard Rain’s Been Fallin’”
We are living in a time of cataclysmic change. Multiple wars, financial crises. I fear, though, we’ve heard only the initial rumblings. Over the past thirty or forty years, capitalism has established itself globally. National and international laws, treaties, and regulations have been thoroughly refashioned to protect and further its he­gemony. Technology has connected us all, obliterating the limits of time and space in ways unimaginable just a decade or two ago. Capital, which by its nature abhors limits and restrictions, has been liberated to grow by means of transactions conduct­ed in nanoseconds, playing each and ev­ery odd. The global economy (the funda­mental mechanism of exchange that makes it possible for each of us to live) has been converted into a giant roulette wheel under which we are being crushed to death.  Capital, in its relentless drive, needs protection, and for this, the most destructive arsenal ever seen on this planet has been constructed. It’s not a metaphor, and often the language we use is to talk about it is too complicated. Read the rest of this entry »

Looking Back on Pope Pius XII: 1948

It has been explained to me since
That the condemnation was indeed voiced
But that it was in the style of the encyclicals
Which is not at all clear
The condemnation was voiced
And it was not understood
Who could fail to feel where the true condemnation lies in this case
And to see that this example by itself gives part of the reply
Perhaps the whole reply
That you ask of me

What the world expects of Christians
Is that Christians should speak out
Loud and clear
And that they should voice their condemnation
In such a way
That never a doubt
Never the slightest doubt
Could arise in the heart of the simplest man or woman
That they should get away from abstraction
And confront the blood-stained face history has taken on today
The grouping we need is a grouping of men and women
Resoled to speak out clearly and to pay up personally

–adapted from Albert Camus, Resistance, Rebellion, and Death

Subversives

1.

The very definition of democracy is the right to innovation, invention, and imagination. Since nothing in the current social organization is sacred, democracy becomes subversive by nature. Subversion is the driving force of social transformation.

–Samir Amin

2.

The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure.

–Thomas Jefferson

3.

Later, when I, as well as others, marched on Washington or Chicago, we carried with us the lessons that the local power structures had fought us tooth and nail—that racism was ingrained in the system. We also realized that the lessons came in spite of our formal education. (My critique of democracy begins and ends with this point. Kids must be educated to disrespect authority or else democracy is a farce.)

–Abbie Hoffman

 

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