Can you hear them? Can you hear all the angles that are being lost out on because you insist on talking about economics or polity? Can you hear joy mourning on the sidelines because you insist on presenting yourself as a rational being and refuse to muck about in things that are messy , or dare I say - challenging?
Everyone keeps talking about recruiting. Recruiting for what? Recruiting to fight a war to defeat hegemony? Uugh. That sounds terribly boring. And I know that me saying that may make you smug- Oh she is not disciplined enough to understand the rigors of the mind. Ha! But I ask you- if you appreciate the rigors so much then why do you communicate in the way you do? I mean this in the most earnest possible way, from one comrade to another.
Why do you not talk about everyday life, about making beautiful communities, about treating your partner better? Is it beneath you - are you more evolved than the rest of humanity?Do you have your own stash of unpolluted air you live off ? Or are you perhaps just ever so slightly addicted to how wonderful you sound and the idea of being variety of guru.
Hmmmm. Now, if you would delve into the world of the less rigid and start trying to work out why there are silences perhaps you would realize that everyone wants to be a guru, just as everyone wants to be a pirate or a capitalist, or be disconcertingly wild - but not everyone does those things. Why ? Yes, yes the right answer is conditioning and if you are particularly sharp- consciousness, but do you understand that? Do you understand that for all your good intentions you are reproducing exactly the same thing that you claim to seek to destroy.
And there is a clue. Destroy- win - overthrow.
Do those not sound like the same kind of words that can be used to describe rape or invasion?
I would like to challenge you to take IOPS seriously. To be honest- I have grave concerns about members' commitment to this organisation and their approach to it.. I see you talking but I don't see you being the change. If you are serious about this you will transform your approach- you will not force the few women who haven't already given up on you to nag. You will be responsible and try and work out what your blind spots are.
In structural integration the pain an individual feels is directly related to their resistance to change. While I have tried to make this as gentle on your egos as possible ,the bottom line is that you need to undergo a radical shift in your approach, all the way down to your bones. If you don't want to change , then I have to ask you- HOW THE HELL CAN YOU EXPECT ANYONE ELSE TO?
I have collected some links are hopefully accessible to you. I would like you to read at least one of these -grapple with some of the points people have made - and then read it or them again. I want you to find out what part of the revolution scares or confuses you and then try and embrace it - even if it takes years. I want you to start questioning every reaction that you have, and if you are wanting to write something to ask yourself questions. Who am I writing this for? Why am I writing this? Am I encouraging diversity here or satisfying my ego?
It will be very difficult- especially because you have been trained to believe you are beyond the norm.
I am also adding a first draft of my own version of the mission statement to help you hopefully orient yourselves. I showed a male friend of mine this and his response was - 'these are exactly the things I was thinking about on my 7 mile walk home today. We need to make food and provide medical care and have access to existing technology and readjust school curriculum how?' I hope you can also start to ask questions more like that - and far beyond.
Thank you for your time and I really hope you are brave enough to start shifting the language and orientation of IOPS as you have been taught to be comfortable with power but currently are not using it for liberation but rather to tread water. Once you realize it is better if we don't approach this as a war but rather as a transformation you will realize that you can breathe , smile and humor people . You are all already wonderful people but we are trying to create a society of extraordinary people which includes everyone. That is rigor.
Have a lovely week
Links: ( once you have out grown these please don't stop )
Joachim Bauer is a german neurobiologist so hopefully his approach is palatable for you. Here is an english summary of some of his work -http://www.con-spiration.de/texte/english/2009/roeser5-e.html and his books are being translated into english
Vaneigem -on strategy - sort of :)-http://library.nothingness.org/articles/SI/en/display/29
Here is a woman
And if you are feeling exceptionally brave - a male astrologer
And last but not least-
The mission statement-
IOPS is a new international organisation which would like you to join.
We are in a creation stage and so would like as many people as possible to join us in imagining a new world and contribute to making it happen.
We know you have heard about lots of groups which claim to be anti capitalist, anti racist, anti sexist, and anti authoritarian but we are more than that. We dont just want to fight against the way things are now but to create a world which we like. We want to be part of a society which respects us, our children, our grandparents, and the environment .
We believe that another world really is possible, and we are serious about making it happen.
We dont just want token change, though we will happily accept that along the way. We believe that there are serious issues in international relations, in the way women, men and children are expected to relate, in politics, in the economy and the way that we interact with our beautiful planet. We also believe that not any one of these things are more or less important than any other one. Racism and Xenophobia wont go away until we learn to treat our elders,children and partners right. We wont learn how to respect the planet without learning to treat all workers with dignity. We wont have harmonious interesting communities and cultures unless the economy is adjusted and politics become more than a game of the rich.
We know it wont happen overnight and we know it wont be easy. We also know that there is nothing else we would rather dedicate ourselves to. That is why we are asking you to join us - because we don't believe we can make the world we all want unless everyone takes part.
It is very exciting and we would love to talk to you about how you can be involved. We are especially excited to meet with people who want to work towards changing their communities and challenging themselves to grow with us. We are all learning how to live in this world, but how much better would it be to do that as society which is united instead of so horribly broken.
Please feel free to visit our website at http://www.iopsociety.org or come to one of our meetings
We believe everyone's voice needs to be heard and we hope to hear yours soon!