Thought just went through my mind that I probably should share to help better clarify my position on secession in the United States. I’ve come to the point where I think we’d be better dissolving the Union into however many factions it takes to get most of us off of each other’s necks. We need some breathing room. And there I’m mostly thinking about physical space, our present environment and those we interact with daily. When it comes to locality, we need to be able to agree on at least a few things. We need some sense of unity and belonging within groups we can navigate in effectively, unlike how we have it today with a national population stretching toward 300 million. Even in our states we have, what, a couple million at least? In our cities and towns we’re up against thousands if not a million or more people, and this creates the situation we have now where we have lost political control.
Can’t hold onto the reins anymore. Not under these conditions. At present, we’re screwed. I’ve thought about all of this for a long time and can’t figure out how to get the majority of Americans to embrace truly life-affirming principles that we can practically all agree on, not when these contradict and threaten the current political setup and its financiers. Most people are too invested in this Game — they’re not willing to turn tail and try something radically different. BUT, I personally think the risk could pay off if we can start laying the groundwork for producing the basics we need to survive. If we can’t break free from our dependence on major corporations and government aid and subsidized goods, we’re in no real position to bargain with the powers-that-be because we have no alternative to retreat to. We’re growing increasingly dependent on this system, plain and simple.
So there I see physical and legal secession as useful to break apart from the stranglehold of federal power. I also see it useful for separating ideologically opposed groups so they can cease fighting incessantly and just go live how they think is best. This is real diversity — tolerating people going their own ways. Some folks will never reconcile their differences and preferences, so I say let’s see what happens when ideologies and social theories hit the pavement. I want to know how various groups will fair if left to do so. Trade relations and cooperation across groups is fine and dandy, but maybe we don’t all need to live right next door to one another. Maybe this violation of our sensibilities can never be fully cured because some people will remain bigoted or otherwise opposed to others no matter what. How else can we ends these useless political feuds? They’re turning out to be competitions to nowhere.
With all that said, I think the internet is fantastic for allowing various people to observe, listen to, or read the works of people we are curious about. This is where we can really come together on some level because we’re each at a safe distance from one another and can take time with one another’s inquiries and arguments. This is a wonderful medium for allowing people who otherwise wouldn’t come into contact in a candid setting to be able to consider and express ideas. This is where we shouldn’t all divide off into separate tribes but instead come at it with our own questions, concerns and thoughts. In a sense, the internet is a good place to get real. Anonymity aids in that as well. Unfortunate that we so often waste this opportunity by spending our time provoking and jabbing one another, because we are provided a safe distance. This medium can allow for so much more than that, and I see so many smart people reaching out to interact. Would be nice if we could turn our attention to more important matters than popularity contests of opinions and cutting others down to make ourselves feel better.
There appears to be a yin and a yang to human needs. On one hand, we need physical space and separation. On the other, we need community support and identification. We require both respect of privacy and freedom of expression in order to be fulfilled. We need a place to rest our weary souls and be loved, and we need a place for intellectual stimulation and interaction with a wide assortment of people and ideas. Maybe if we could get the fuck up off each other’s necks, we’d be in a better space to community more openly and honestly. But as it stands now, we’re all turning neurotic, all jammed up under one big umbrella together, trying to drag one another in the direction we think the whole society should go in. There is no one-size-fits-all that people will be satisfied with, so we’re guaranteed to feud forever. What’s the point in that? We get to where we can’t discuss anything since we’re so much in opposition and projecting onto—to where we wind up mirroring—competing groups. These aren’t all matters we can compromise on. People’s principles are involved and idealized visions vary. Just a fact of life.
This experimental melting pot has been useful in showing us new ways of relating and exposing us to people we otherwise might not have bonded with. This has allowed people to expand beyond old tribal thinking where racial homogeneity was typical. We now have the power and insight to redefine how we shape tribes, if that is to be desired. But we have to keep in mind that humans have evolved the entire time up until fairly recent history to be tribal peoples. Our psychologies are adapted to handling clans and tribes. Confederations proved valuable as well over time. But where we’re headed now with our civilizations is proving destruction and unsustainable — ecologically, socially, and psychologically. In short, our current path is fucking us up. And we know this. And I’m not convinced we can navigate effectively in this massive of a system as we have today. That’s my own opinion.
But we can faction off, theoretically anyway. We possess that power as both citizens and human beings. But we must create sustainable alternatives in order for this to be feasible.
We’re not all going to get along, no matter how small the group we associate with, but when it comes to shared values, we do need a community on board with us. That’s social empowerment, and it helps us stay in line with our key moral beliefs when others we interact with share them enough in common that we can coincide in relative harmony (as compared against the chaos of today in our neighborhoods and cities). We want different thing in life, and we can’t coerce all others into accepting our way of looking at things.
This is just my dream. I don’t expect it to occur, but this is where my imagination keeps taking me. I wish there were a way, because I think we’d be happier and more tolerant of differences if exposure in some cases could be more limited. We’re currently locked in moral/legal competitions that getting us nowhere other than in hotter water. While we stay distracted with that shit, those who do possess great amounts of power continue sealing a deal that most humans won’t be better off with. Because that’s the nature of power. This is how it can and usually does roll if left unchecked. And we’re way past the point of controlling the reigns through the legal “proper” channels.
Care to hear a song that captures my attitude about those who wish to live 180° differently than some other group? Here ya go:
You can move
You can move to the moon
If I don’t see you again for 20 years
It’ll be too soon
That was “Time To Let It Go” by Cedric Burnside & Lightnin’ Malcolm. Pretty much sums up my sentiments at this juncture.
Clans are what we make of them. We’re always going to face disagreements, but as it stands today we can’t avoid them bombarding us. At what point do we let it go and turn in another direction?