Monday, August 27, 2007

time for revolution

It so easy to talk revolution out of the comforts of our air-conditioned offices, in front of our laptops, in virtual reality, so to speak. We read and study the classics, whether it be Martin Luther or Steve Biko and we 'discover' that these revolutionaries often confirm our current secret social positions and intellectual hunches. Out of reading the writings of these, we then extract proof texts, to support our cause, which we present with pomp as new scholarly contributions to the world, for consumption.

This type of revolution cannot be enough, in fact it cannot even be called revolution. It is merely creating stone faced idols of dead revolutionaries. Revolution starts with a serious dissection of the world/community we live in, the world we are so comfortable in, our vested interests in this world. This analysis has to be done through the eyes of those whose voices we, as society, has silenced. One of those sections of society we've effectively silenced is children and young people. But often, surprisingly, they rise up and speak for themselves. When we start to discover these creative spaces of our children and young people, where they think for themselves and speak for themselves, and when we are challenged by them, then we might find etchings of a revolution. When we allow ourselves to me moved by their emotion and passion, maybe then we will start to rediscover our humanity, being rooted in the closest circle, at home.

This is why we need to embrace and engage youth expressions of spirituality, of public critical engagement and challenge. For if we root our humanity in the closest ties of blood and kinship, then the key to overthrow chains of oppression and tyranny, clearly will not come from the hallowed halls of fame, money and power, but there where children and young people are liberated. Up until that point, however, in the fog our our talks of revolution and reformation, they will continue to be abused, murdered and fed to our war-gods as foot soldiers, as consumers by greedy adults. But if we look closer, we'll find that there is however grassroots movements and in underground pop culture, inklings of something subversive, something revolutionary, emerging.
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