I kind of ramble in this blog so the point is that revolution does not always look like you think it should. It just might be already underway.
Ever since I attained legal adulthood, I remember (and somewhat listened to) the call for revolution – if not screamed in the foreground by a Huey Newton-type, then as a quiet expectation in the background as whispered by Stewart Brand (Whole Earth Catalogue). The symbolic and iconic “Burn, baby, burn” was torn from the angry chants of the Black Panthers around the violent times of the LA Watts riots. And the back-to-the-land movement of the early 70’s was a kind of quiet, gentle manifestation of similar revolution opposing working in offices in grey flannel suits and living in ticky-tacky boxes all in a row. But both were revolutionary messages for my era.
One died with a whimper and maybe one last Viagra. The other clings to life as a hot sauce.
I guess, though, that I have always considered that revolution would still show up in one of those two ways: either burning riots or quiet retreat. But, I may be wrong…………It won’t happen by way of voting, that’s for sure. The very act of voting and politely awaiting the outcome of a system that always results in the status quo is simply a ludicrous expectation. The system is incapable of major change. You can’t get change by remaining the same. But I digress…..
So, where are the riots? Or where is the exodus?
I don’t see it.
Or do I?
It actually may be happening right now and I didn’t recognize it because there just weren’t enough Afros or long-haired hippies involved. Maybe the revolution is underway….?
Bear in mind that there is nothing in the word ‘revolution’ that necessarily makes the rebels right. Fifty thousand rebels can be wrong even if the ones they are fighting are also deemed the bad guys to some extent. Both sides can be wrong. The enemy of my enemy is NOT necessarily my friend.
Put another way: ISIS is revolting against the modern status quo – their status quo as they define it in a Western based world. They are revolting against capitalism, materialism and western ethics. But they are not revolting against the status quo that I am inclined to rebel against – which is that part of the same enemy as theirs which pollutes the planet and exploits the poor in pursuit of greed and excess. My rebels are good guys like the Sea Shepherd Society and Green Peace. Their rebels are just worse bad guys than the Military Industrial Petroleum Capitalism Greed machine I normally rail against.
Put another way again: I think I prefer my greed-motivated enemies to the beheading types who have begun the ISIS revolution. They are up-front worse than my bad guys because I have hopes for my bad guys to learn from their constant stream of mistakes. The old greedy guys pretty much have to learn eventually since they are killing the planet and that part is fundamental to life for all of us. My bad guys are just stupid and greedy.
ISIS, on the other hand, is crazy-mad.
And me? I am merely a frightened, naive and optimistic old hippy with a better road to follow. Obviously the road less traveled.
But back to the point: could this ISIS-like crap be the revolution for which we always had an expectation? They don’t look like leaders of any revolution I could imagine. And, to my way of seeing, they are NOT heroic in any way. But they still may be a pretty good definition of rebels………….
….and they may be bringing the revolution…?
Don’t get me wrong. I don’t believe that ISIS and the peripheral crazies that they attract are targeting Canada and ‘our way of life’ in the manner that that fear-mongering Harper is claiming. I don’t see ISIS as a bigger threat than I do Harper and his gestapo by any stretch. But they are revolting over there in the Middle East and Europe.They are revolting against the Harper-cum-sociopath-cum-Cheney-cum-Putin ‘petro-establishment’ that makes up the great bee-hive of modern economics and society over there. And here. They (ISIS) just don’t like what they see ‘going forward’ in the modern world.
I confess that I am not so keen on what I see ‘going forward’ either. But nor do I like what I see ‘going backwards with the crazy-mads’. They (ISIS) want to go back to the good ol’ cave-man days of wife-beating and idol-worshiping. Pretty ignorant, ugly, brutish stuff. But I am also concerned with what the world seems to think is forward thinking: greed, exploitation and a larger police state, not to mention global warming. Backwards or forwards, the paths being offered are not desirable.
I’ve chosen. I’ve gone the way of the hippie. ISIS has escalated the revolutionary rage like that of the Black Panthers to psychotic religious, homicidal levels in a Middle Eastern and European setting. Their way is attracting more followers. Mine isn’t.
Mind you, there are quite a few off-the-gridders (they estimate 2,000,000 in the USA and 300,000 in Canada) but we are still peacefully engaged in society to a large extent; we just live farther from the malls, is all. They have 50,000 or more armed-to-the-teeth goofballs who even dress the same and march around chanting slogans and blowing stuff up. This does not bode well for a peaceful, green, hippie outcome with sharing, cooperation and free love.
You might want to start packing.