Sunday December 10, 2017

Prayer will take us there. We might as well call it that, this act of turning inward, even if there aren’t any mantras involved or words addressed to a higher power. Much of my learning occurs these days through concentration on letting the mind go where it may. I hang back a bit and wait to see what stirs. Hands meet with fingers and thumbs arranged to form a triangle. I hold up to my eyes an inverted, upward-pointed Merkel-Raute or Triangle of Power, tolerating it the right to expand slowly across my field of vision, the gesture crossing outward beyond my peripherals. No more aristocracy of moneyed corporations, I declare to potential comrades. But few heed the call. They look at me askance, shake their heads reprovingly, and return to their sullen pursuit of property, most of them declaring themselves for business, without ever having been taught how else one can be. The Real is that which one feels deeply in one’s mind. Let’s do it, sings the chorus. Now is the time for love. The world has never felt itself so much a totality as it does today — so let us raise glasses instead to the visions in our minds. Let us imagine for one another how else the world may be. We have become more or less completely, more or less obviously, more or less miserably, the dependents of capital — so let us change that. Wildlife, like wildfires, rise up and appropriate thy appropriators! Humanity’s running down the clock, one way of being having come to dominate all the rest. And there’s no longer any imagined purpose to any of it. One is tempted to wish for some chance intervention, some upwelling of otherness. Cast over the soul a luminous spell, craft for it a key that opens doors onto possible worlds. Passion destines its victim, writes de Rougemont, “to contest with every breath everything that officially regulates social life” (73). Weed grants me such a passion; it fills me with words and metaphors, interlacing symbols through which to enunciate a mind in its refusal to adhere to the as-is.

One thought on “Sunday December 10, 2017”

  1. Tommy “Wildfire” Rich, classic fiery blonde babyface, triumphed over Mad Dog Buzz Sawyer in “The Last Battle of Atlanta,” a brutal 1983 match in a fully enclosed cage to end their blood feud. Cosmic order restored. Evil vanquished. “Heat” is crowd reaction. Cheer the babyfaces, boo the heels; the wrestlers pop the crowd. Heat has become the master trope of America. Doesn’t matter what side you’re on, so long as you’re getting heat. Babyfaces don’t sell tickets, not really. The heel sells tickets, and the crowds pack in to see them get comeuppance. After Tommy won, the Minnesota Wrecking Crew stormed in through the cage and beat him down. Just a momentary moral alignment, then a new feud, a new war. Tommy will win that one too, and I’ll cheer when he does and chant “WILD-FIRE!” with the crowd

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