Agosto 16, 2007

Join the Revolution Fall InLOVE!!!

Falling in love is the ultimate act of revolution, of resistance to today's tedious, socially restrictive, culturally constrictive, humanly meaningless world.



the transcription:

Join the Resistance: Fall in Love

Falling in love is the ultimate act of revolution, of resistance to today's tedious, socially restrictive, culturally constrictive, humanly meaningless world.

Love transforms the world. Where the lover formerly felt boredom, he now feels passion. Where she once was complacent, she now is excited and compelled to self-asserting action. The world which once seemed empty and tiresome becomes filled with meaning, filled with risks and rewards, with majesty and danger. Life for the lover is a gift, an adventure with the highest possible stakes; every moment is memorable, heartbreaking in its fleeting beauty. When he falls in love, a man who once felt disoriented, alienated, and confused will know exactly what he wants. Suddenly his existence will make sense to him; suddenly it becomes valuable, even glorious and noble, to him. Burning passion is an antidote that will cure the worst cases of despair and resigned obedience.

Love makes it possible for individuals to connect to others in a meaningful way—it impels them to leave their shells and risk being honest and spontaneous together, to come to know each other in profound ways. Thus love makes it possible for them to care about each other genuinely, rather than at the end of the gun of Christian doctrine. But at the same time, it plucks the lover out of the routines of everyday life and separates her from other human beings. She will feel a million miles away from the herd of humanity, living as she is in a world entirely different from theirs.

In this sense love is subversive, because it poses a threat to the established order of our modern lives. The boring rituals of workday productivity and socialized etiquette will no longer mean anything to a man who has fallen in love, for there are more important forces guiding him than mere inertia and deference to tradition. Marketing strategies that depend upon apathy or insecurity to sell the products that keep the economy running as it does will have no effect upon him. Entertainment designed for passive consumption, which depends upon exhaustion or cynicism in the viewer, will not interest him.

There is no place for the passionate, romantic lover in today's world, business or private. For he can see that it might be more worthwhile to hitchhike to Alaska (or to sit in the park and watch the clouds sail by) with his sweetheart than to study for his calculus exam or sell real estate, and if he decides that it is, he will have the courage to do it rather than be tormented by unsatisfied longing. He knows that breaking into a cemetery and making love under the stars will make for a much more memorable night than watching television ever could. So love poses a threat to our consumer-driven economy, which depends upon consumption of (largely useless) products and the labor that this consumption necessitates to perpetuate itself.

Similarly, love poses a threat to our political system, for it is difficult to convince a man who has a lot to live for in his personal relationships to be willing to fight and die for an abstraction such as the state; for that matter, it may be difficult to convince him to even pay taxes. It poses a threat to cultures of all kinds, for when human beings are given wisdom and valor by true love they will not be held back by traditions or customs which are irrelevant to the feelings that guide them.

Love even poses a threat to our society itself. Passionate love is ignored and feared by the bourgeoisie, for it poses a great danger to the stability and pretense they covet. Love permits no lies, no falsehoods, not even any polite half-truths, but lays all emotions bare and reveals secrets which domesticated men and women cannot bear.

You cannot lie with your emotional and sexual response; situations or ideas will excite or repel you whether you like it or not, whether it is polite or not, whether it is advisable or not. One cannot be a lover and a (dreadfully) responsible, (dreadfully) respectable member of today's society at the same time; for love will impel you to do things which are not "responsible" or "respectable." True love is irresponsible, irrepressible, rebellious, scornful of cowardice, dangerous to the lover and everyone around her, for it serves one master alone: the passion that makes the human heart beat faster. It disdains anything else, be it self-preservation, obedience, or shame. Love urges men and women to heroism, and to antiheroism—to indefensible acts that need no defense for the one who loves.

For the lover speaks a different moral and emotional language than the typical bourgeois man does. The average bourgeois man has no overwhelming, smoldering desires. Sadly, all he knows is the silent despair that comes of spending his life pursuing goals set for him by his family, his educators, his employers, his nation, and his culture, without ever being able to even consider what needs and wants he might have of his own. Without the burning fire of desire to guide him, he has no criteria upon which to choose what is right and wrong for himself. Consequently he is forced to adopt some dogma or doctrine to direct him through his life. There are a wide variety of moralities to choose from in the marketplace of ideas, but which morality a man buys into is immaterial so long as he chooses one because he is at a loss otherwise as to what he should do with himself and his life.

How many men and women, having never realized that they had the option to choose their own destinies, wander through life in a dull haze thinking and acting in accordance with the laws that have been taught to them, merely because they no longer have any other idea of what to do? But the lover needs no prefabricated principles to direct her; her desires identify what is right and wrong for her, for her heart guides her through life. She sees beauty and meaning in the world, because her desires paint the world in these colors. She has no need for dogmas, for moral systems, for commandments and imperatives, for she knows what to do without instructions. Thus she does indeed pose quite a threat to our society. What if everyone decided right and wrong for themselves, without any regard for conventional morality?

What if everyone did whatever they wanted to, with the courage to face any consequences? What if everyone feared loveless, lifeless monotony more than they fear taking risks, more than they fear being hungry or cold or in danger? What if everyone set down their "responsibilities" and "common sense," and dared to pursue their wildest dreams, to set the stakes high and live each day as if it were the last? Think what a place the world would be! Certainly it would be different than it is now—and it is quite a truism that people from the "mainstream," the simultaneous keepers and victims of the status quo, fear change.

And so, despite the stereotyped images used in the media to sell toothpaste and honeymoon suites, genuine passionate love is discouraged in our culture. Being "carried away by your emotions" is frowned upon; instead we are raised to always be on our guard lest our hearts lead us astray. Rather than being encouraged to have the courage to face the consequences of risks taken in pursuit of our hearts' desires, we are counseled not to take risks at all, to be "responsible." And love itself is regulated.

Men must not fall in love with other men, nor women with other women, nor individuals from different ethnic backgrounds with each other, or else the usual bigots who form the front-line offensive in the assault of modern Western culture upon the individual will step in. Men and women who have already entered into a legal/religious contract with each other are not to fall in love with anyone else, even if they no longer feel any passion for their marital partner. Love as most of us know it today is a carefully prescribed and preordained ritual, something that happens on Friday nights in expensive movie theaters and restaurants, something that fills the pockets of the shareholders in the entertainment industries without preventing workers from showing up to the office on time and ready to reroute phone calls all day long.

This regulated, commercial "love" is nothing like the passionate, burning love that consumes the genuine lover. These restrictions, expectations, and regulations smother true love; for love is a wild flower that can never grow within the confines prepared for it but only appears where it is least expected.

We must fight against these cultural restraints that would cripple and smother our desires. For it is love that gives meaning to life, desire that makes it possible for us to make sense of our existence and find purpose in our lives. Without these, there is no way for us to determine how to live our lives, except to submit to some authority, to some god, master or doctrine that will tell us what to do and how to do it without ever giving us the satisfaction that self-determination does.

So fall in love today, with men, with women, with music, with ambition, with yourself. . . with life!

One might say that it is ridiculous to implore others to fall in love—one either falls in love or one does not, it is not a choice that can be made consciously. Emotions do not follow the instructions of the rational mind. But the environment in which we must live out our lives has a great influence on our emotions, and we can make rational decisions that will affect this environment. It should be possible to work to change an environment that is hostile to love into an environment that will encourage it. Our task must be to engineer our world so that it is a world in which people can and do fall in love, and thus to reconstitute human beings so that we will be ready for the "revolution" spoken of in these pages—so that we will be able to find meaning and happiness in our lives.


4 (na) komento:

Hindi-nagpakilala ayon kay ...

hola :) quite the amusing blog. i however have a comment sana to the last post about love, but there something screwy with the the blog comment thingy. anyhoo, i for one completely agree with ideas (for me realities) of love. however, you have excluded a key component of love which is usually only manifest in something we call marriage, and that component is commitment. believe me it is as equal to love. what is love without the commitment to love and be in love? an unfortunate reality of love is that love is not really that complicated in that it is universal and universally accessible. take for example the love between a man and a woman. love will come many times in a persons life, whether they admit to it or not. love will even come between a couple at many points in their relationship. the question for their personal love therefore is what are they going to do about their love for each other? will they let other love confuse them? will they let it break their own love? or will they take that love for others and make their own love stronger? it is quite the myth that the love between a man and woman is solitary. even the church agrees with this. anyone who has gone through the marriage seminar will have been lectured by this. you will love other people, and you will love them overlappingly. therein comes the commitment. and this commitment is what gives love that extra special worth. yes love is the ultimate goal. it is the most powerful catalyst for change towards the good. but love mishandled, mismanaged, however good the intent, will not blossom to that ideal end. to give you a concrete real life example, i love my wife. i have given everything to her. i have literally sacrificed my relationships with friends and family, even to myself. i know she loves me but i dont know if she knows how to love me. i wish she would try, but she doesnt. i try to compensate for the inequities, but as i am not her, in reality as much as i try, to change is up to her. does this diminish the love i have for her? not at all. does this open up possibilities for me to love other people? certainly. as much as i have sacrificed my friends and family, i do love them, but it is a necessary and voluntary act on my part to give up aspects of my relationship with them as my commitment to my wife. does it make me sad and doubt? yes. what do i do with that doubt? i simply take my time and remember that inexplicable superb feeling of simply having known my wife, regardless if we had ended up together or yet another missed acquaintance. simply to have known that person you love is reason enough to be the best you can be even when shown the worst by that person you love. i am both happiest and saddest as of the moment. yet my love for her cannot diminish as i choose for it not to. i have known what it is to love her and as hurt and broken as i am, i will not let my commitment to my love for her fade away, even if her commitment to me may have gone. i am as of the moment teetering on a broken marriage, not by the loss of love, but by the uncertainty of commitment. nunc scio quid sit amor, now i know what love is. and it is the pinnacle of being alive and its darkest despair and abyss as well. but however the pain, once known that good, the committed lover will pursue that sweet taste however fleeting, however improbable. it only takes a glimpse of love to want it. but it takes a lifetime of commitment to work for it. marriage is a work in progress. love is a work in progress. my advice to those seeking the beauty of love in whatever form they seek it, be steadfast in your commitment.

maria magalpok ayon kay ...

ano ba talaga ang love at nag comment pa tong di ko alam kung sino??? simply lang naman ang love, di ba ateh? kuya?.... love is love and nothing but love... pag may umangal text kayu sa akin ayaw tau sa text... aking lang naman kasi is..... bakit kailangan pang gawing complicated eh simply lng naman magmahal ka at para mahalin ka ng minamahal mo.. angal??? sori pero maangas talaga ako... i dont believe on what they say about love but i believe that love has no meaning its just a matter of understanding it... in my points of view u don't have to define love u have to learn and experience love... tama ba??? pag hindi paki korek nalang at pasensya sa katangahan ko... ok???? or talaga bang igno ako sa love cguro nga kasi itong naunang mag comment ang haba dumugo ilong at ulcer ko di ko tuloy alam kung thesis ba to or comment at wala naman akong na intindhan ang alam ko elmer's glue lang tinira ko pero feeling ko marijuana, meth at ecsta ang nagamit ko ngayun... with all honesty di ko sya binasa kasi naman tamad ako magbasa ng mahabang thesis or comment na yan... paki ayos lng next time and please can u elaborate your answer on page 12, match column a with column b, please dont forget to write your name on ur answer shits.... di ba nga maangasako??? so pasensya na, ang galit may may balahibo sa pwet....

Secret Samadhi ayon kay ...

ewan bakit ba puro abnormal ang nagcocoment dito?! Matino naman ako?! He,he

Hindi-nagpakilala ayon kay ...

reds din yosi ko,, ayos sinulat mu ah,, papabasa ko sa mga kayosi ko to,,