2.25.2006

on anarchy

thank you, patsy, for sparking this thought procession.

"Every good person deep down is an anarchist."

~ Paul Avrich

one commenter noted that the context of a clearly stated definition of anarchy is necessary for any quality interpretation/exposition. indeed, C.I.E (Context Is Everything).

i rather enjoy a phrase lifted from the anarchism page over at wikipedia. as a starting point: harmonious anti-authoritarian society. i think i have long though of myself, though not explicitly, as anti-authoritarian at heart, or "deep down." am i an anarchist? i don't think so. what i feel, however, is a dispondancy with the nature of political/social systems devised by human minds. they are coercive and exploitative by nature; as a christian, i have a problem with that. i often have trouble living in a world that operates under political/social rule-sets its creator did not devise. my general feeling when participating in such rule-sets might be likened to rubbing a cat's fur the wrong way, or perhaps fingernails, scratching a chalkboard. certainly not the way i want things, but if they must exist, they must be endured.

is every good person an anarchist? i don't know. we were created with the ability to choose good things or evil. adam and eve, i suppose, were smooth-talked into a form of anarchy, and i'd say it hasn't worked out too well. i'd like to think that every person, good or otherwise, is an anarchist in the sense that, as we were created for a different kind of existence, we have the inherent ability to recognize that something is amiss. one response, then, can be summed up in anarchist, or anti-authoritarian ideals. is it the correct response? i don't know; my gut says probably not. the book of revelation talks of a state, of sorts, in which men are ruled as they were meant to be ruled: by their creator. when returned to our intended state of being, we will not think in terms of authority, but in terms of relationships. the connection will be all that matters. in that sense, then, yes, i am an anarchist, or anti-authoritarian, or whatever. the authority at work in the world today is not the one i would have.

every good person? i don't know about that. every person, i think recognizes the problem, though it is articulated in myriad ways. every good* person, however, must recognize that the solution is not the absence of all authority, but quite the opposite: the eminent presence of the perfect authority.

(*note: as per Psalm 14:3 "All have turned aside, they have together become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one."

i am not claiming to be good, by any means. really, Mr. Avrich's quote should really be broken down semantically to discover just what his implication of "good" was. i am using "good" here in the sense that one is willing to be receptive to Truth, which is found in an understanding of who God is, how He operates, and how He wishes for us to operate. at this, i always try, though i am not always as successful as i would like.)

2.24.2006

Redheaded Girl

There was the time with the redheaded girl. My mother had taken me to her hair appointment, in the house of a loud woman, the friend of a friend. The entryway to the house was dark and crowded with coats, and as we entered I saw a redheaded girl walk by, behind the loud woman.

My mother turned to me and whispered, “I think she has a daughter about your age. You can play with her.”

“Yeah, OK.”

“Cassie just went downstairs, I think.” The woman was built too thick, but the girl’s red curls seemed to me familiar. “Cassie!” I thought, She gets louder each time she opens her mouth.

The redheaded girl smiled at me as she appeared in the entryway. “Come on.” Her face was freckled, she wore a white t-shirt, and her hair fell about her shoulders as though unkempt. She pointed the way toward the stairs, I went ahead, and she closed the basement door behind her.

2.14.2006

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2.09.2006

David Garrard

based on my personal experience with Crohn's Disease, I can say, with more than a little authority, this guy is a beast.

2.06.2006

when every thought is taxed...

courtsey if:book, and one of the best posts i have read in a long time:

"I say 'fundamentalism' because the current copyright regime in this country is radical and unprecedented in its scope, yet traces its roots back to the initially sound concept of intellectual property as an incentive to production, which, in turn, stemmed from the Enlightenment idea of author's rights. What was originally granted (hesitantly) as a temporary, statutory limitation on the public domain has spun out of control into a full-blown culture of intellectual control that chokes the flow of ideas through society -- the very thing copyright was supposed to promote in the first place."

and further (quoting Kant)

"Such a contract, whose intention is to preclude forever all further enlightenment of the human race, is absolutely null and void, even if it should be ratified by the supreme power, by parliaments, and by the most solemn peace treaties. One age cannot bind itself, and thus conspire, to place a succeeding one in a condition whereby it would be impossible for the later age to expand its knowledge (particularly where it is so very important), to rid itself of errors, and generally to increase its enlightenment."