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.)

3 Comments:

Blogger Patry Francis said...

Thanks for this interesting response, Matt.

2:37 PM  
Blogger a from l said...

It's interesting to look at the model of the Bible - God is a king and lord, Heaven is a kingdom and Jesus is the Prince of Peace. Which seems to endorse monarchy as the preferred social structure. ANdrew

3:43 PM  
Blogger Josh said...

a from:
your response stems from a literal reading; it's very "divine right." i suppose you, the sun king and W would get along quite well. maybe W would nickname you sun king, or diviney. of course that's only if you're the first born male in your family.

11:19 AM  

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