Smudge Pot on "violence is the only solution"Submitted by Smudge Pot on Mon, 07/01/2013 - 09:15
I promised a few people I'd speak on this, I been mulling over the best way to say it. Should I lead with how I understand being pushed too far? Shall I wax poetic about the fact that the NSA's (and alphabet people's) response to clear proof of their transgressions is basically YEAH? WHAT ARE YOU GONNA DO ABOUT IT?
Or shall I go spiritual/pacifist on you and tell you about love and understanding and how violence begets violence and is ultimately hardest on those we started out trying to protect?
Shall I then point out that violence has been avoided in living history, not just on the streets or between us and government but between people and whole huge-ass regimes? The Soviet Union fell apart with remarkably little bloodshed. In the end the people did not have to literally confront, fight and destroy the regime, it kinda fell apart because almost everybody had had enough of it and they simply stopped participating. But I guess I don't wanna get into that. Let's just say I did and get that part over with. And I'm gonna tell you basically that none of that makes a difference. Not really to me. Maybe not really to you.
There are, in this world, two broad categories that include things we can do something about and things we really can't do anything about.
Them bringing a fight to us just because they hate us for our freedoms is not something we can do something about. We aren't the ones trying to take rights or anything we don't work for, earn or contract for. They are.
We can try reason, we can try to talk them out of it but if they want to take our freedoms by force we can't stop them from trying.
Each of us has our personal line, our limit as to what we will bear and try to change and what we will resist being taken from us. That's up to us individually. Maybe in groups as it happens but groups of individuals, right?
Our time might come. It might come sooner for some of us and for others it might practically or effectively never come. The important thing is that we have peace in our hearts.
See we can vex about this stuff, spend huge bucks on ammo at the firing range, learn Krav Mgaa, do pushups daily, worry, look over our shoulders, wonder WHEN IS IT COMING? WHEN IS TS GONNA HTF? And it will probably negatively impact our lifestyles, our relationships, our personal sense of well being, our health. For real, our physical health, being stressed like that all the time isn't healthy.
LIKE I HAVE TO CONVINCE ANY OF YOU VETERAN ACTIVISTS THAT ALL THIS STRESS REALLY ISN'T HELPING.
Ideally we should kinda have a joyful life. Or a peaceful one or a contented one or one that at least incorporates aspects of joy and peace and content. After all, we're not the ones doing anything wrong. We are not the ones spurring for a fight. We're here to protect values which are under attack.
Well the only way I can see to have joy and it's table-trimmings is simply ACCEPTANCE. Lord, grant me the power to change the things I can and accept the things I cannot. If war they want, ultimately war they shall have. There is a line. And if they do not change this intent, well, they shall have what they want. They have been preparing for this war, they are the single most powerful entity in the history of this planet at making war and they seem to really like it.
I am at peace with this. When I reach my line and am attacked, I will try to fight. I will likely not be the winner. If one considers defeating the combined miltary, security and inteligence forces of the United States Of America, lemme give you this spoiler or betting advantage: things don't look too good in the Smudge Pot corner. But physical combat and war ain't what I'm in this for. It would make a poetic end to an otherwise reasonably successful activist career. Well it was reasonably successful until you kids showed up and just raised the game. But I remind myself,
We do not bring this fight to them, they bring it to us. Our desire to be free is the opposite of their desire to control. There are those who wish to be left alone and those who just won't leave us alone. But until the day comes I wish to laugh, to discuss matters spiritual, to drink fruit and veggie juice all summer long with and without alcohol. I shall hang with friends whom I cherish and spray hoses and children. So many ways to be a warrior. Be a light warrior with me.
Be ready and be light. Accept this possible outcome as we hope and work for better. "Trouble ye not about the morrow and what it may bring".
When the time comes I am sure with clear mind and intent we might yet change things. We're not out of cards yet and when we are we have tricks up our sleeves. And you know this.
Now be at peace or berate me in comments. I'm OK either way. It's just not a Smudge post without somebody telling me I'm out to lunch.