Thursday, February 26, 2009

Excess is killing us

I'm not sure if it is helpful to be thinking of re-distributing wealth. The idea is very capitalist in its thinking: 'that as long as there is ever-expanding growth we can curb poverty...', etc. Perhaps instead we should be thinking of redistributing poverty. Doing without stuff. Making the world safe for mass poverty (John Cage), time-rich, thing-poor, that sort of poverty.

And now, for something relatively...

A few meaning-beatings

Xbox – the naturalisation of avoidance in young males.
capitalism – the naturalisation of destruction and slavery (David Graeber).
hatred – the externalisation of internal loathing.
mass hatred – the collective externalisation of internal loathing developed by a mutual ideology.
hunger – the experience of internal longing.

more M-Bs later...

2 comments:

Midwives For President; said...

Meaning Beatings?
in my garden today i was thinking about sub atomic matter(a little bit) and about genetic dispersal(as dicussed) and about why i made children.
The thing is i can pretend i am "increadiably furtile" or a frivolous thrill seeker, or just plain someone quite impulsive who does stuff without thinking it through.
But in the end i blamed nature, reverting to the predictability of the biological impulse.
....that led to the philosophical and artistic cunundrums that are my daughters. i thought what the hell was i thinking i have no idea about how to alchemise love into art and make the project of procreation worthwhile. i am pretty certain now that i didn't make them to teach them how to be 'good'. is it a voyeuristic experience to make kids but to not teach them "good" and socialise them properly? because i am into intelligent politics but.........i have no idea wether it is biology governing me or a philosophical structure....
i am constantly reminded by wathching and analysing those around me that good intentions fall emensely short of politically and culturally graceful living...
But i am from one angle poverty stricken/and another artfully rich.

Emily said...

Hi there, I am working on a community orchard project with schools and am looking for an image to use to represent no air miles on our website. Your image of the bike with the apples in the basket would be perfect! Would we be able to use it? Check out the project: www.fruitfullschools.org
and contact me on lmcneill@ltl.org.uk. Cheers!