Monday, March 2, 2009

The Presumptious Flock

Who are they? The are the present, the past and the future. Maybe not the future, I am hoping that will change. The are the collective that repeats the memory of the way things were...or never were. Taking the past and assuming it to be the present. Confusing new faces with old history. A history, for some, that never existed, for it was not theirs to begin with.


Guanaguanare said...

I'm loving it!! Poor presumptuous flock, especially if they are your peers (little children). Their expectations, views, attitudes towards you have been shaped by their own boxes. The only difference is that you made the decision to escape from the box assigned to you. What gave you the latitude to believe that such escape was a necessity or even a possibility, I wonder? A less thorough indoctrination? A deeper loneliness or sense of outrage?

Alicia Milne said...

Escaping the box is just the talk. I ent' walkin' the talk yet. It is more of a mental state. I can control what happens in my box. How big or little it becomes...what it is filled with. But once the others still fit comfortably in their boxes I don't know if my work makes any sense.

Guanaguanare said...

I appreciate your honesty.

"But once the others still fit comfortably in their boxes I don't know if my work makes any sense."

Alicia, don't expect in your lifetime to see them ALL come out of their boxes. The one thing that I can guarantee is that if you ask the right questions, they might feel compelled to try to hide the impact of those questions, but they won't ALL continue to be comfortable. And that's a start anyway.

Bob Marley, in his song, "Bad Card" sings this line, "I want to disturb my neighbour" and although you can take its literal meaning as his urge to turn up the volume of his music and make some noise in the neighbourhood, on another level, the statement hints at his mission to instigate a necessary social/cultural/political disturbance.

Another blogger and I discussed this recently and I recalled the first place where I'd heard a similar promise of disruption. They were the words of Christ:

"Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I came to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; and a man’s enemies will be the members of his household. He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; and he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. He who has found his life will lose it, and he who has lost his life for My sake will find it." (Matthew 10:34-39 NASB)"

Again, I don't think that He was promising a literal violence but a disruption in the old "comfortable" ways of thinking about things. He was hinting at the power of "the tribe" and an individual's "obligations to the tribe" to hinder evolution. He had come to comfort the disturbed and to disturb the comfortable.

You just proceed with a sincere heart that questions itself more than it questions others.

Even if the most that you achieve is to get yourself out of the box, you would already have begun the process of liberating those who are not yet born.