Comment on Space Collective and Anarchy: A Perfect Match

Counterform Fri, Nov 23, 2007
Thoughtful post Aaron. The idea of SpaceCollective standing for principals of post-politics, and post-religion are notions I am also deeply interested in.

But after that distinction, our views differ greatly. You see, there are many perspectives & possibilities in this 'post-ideological' world, and it seems the language & concepts you identify yourself with, are more AGAINST something, rather than FOR something.

But this is also the problem I have with many facets of post-modernism. Instead of being enthralled & excited for something passionately, it is instead an ironic dismissal of all the things it is not. Sort of a waste of time and good energy.

One should always strive to be in a positive affirmative state... in love of the world of it's creation. It's about being for something... being ecstatic about something... crazy in love with something.

I believe the language and terms you champion, such as 'anarchy', do more harm than good for your righteous cause. Thing is, anarchy has multiple definitions. Yes, it does convey a 'society without government', but it also means a 'chaos', 'social disorder', 'confusion'. Not only is this true from a Webster's Dictionary perspective, but more importantly, in the mind-share of the majority of people. Like Atheism, it comes loaded with too much cultural baggage. And comes off more as a bleak proposition, than an inspiring one. Even Ron Paul would not dare call himself an Anarchist, even though he may express some beliefs like one. And recently Sam Harris, one of the principals in the New Atheism movement, has suggested they abandon the descriptor 'Atheist' for similar reasons.

So if we are to abandon these outworn terms, what would you then call it? Honestly, I don't know. Possibly something new, a new creation, a new idea. Like Buckminster Fuller has eloquently said, 'Don't fight the system. Rather, create a new one'.

The same thing has happened to the term 'God'. Talk about cultural baggage! And you and I differ here as well, because being post-religion to me, is not the same as being post-God. I do acknowledge a spiritual dimension to our universe, and also know, that our 'reality' is only a faint slice of the mind at large.

Lastly... on your point of 'Consent'. It's a good one, but only part of the picture. It can be better expressed through the choice between Fear & Love. This is the true dividing line. And within Love, you will find consent..... and empathy, peace, progress, unity, joy, and compassion. And not only that, within Love, one actually finds an ecstatic exuberance FOR something.

// mc