to set free

July 2, 2009 § 4 Comments

an excerpt of a comment of a blog that i will probably not be writing for again…no need to provide the link:

but there is a far more troubling assertion on this thread than the ones simply steeped in ignorance about the living conditions of a lot of folks on this planet.
there is the assumption that i cannot know what i need for me body and my life. that my self knowledge. my deep understanding in this body and this life for three decades is not adequate for me to be able to be my own expert on my own existence.
and this troubles me because it cuts to the heart of the question of anti oppressive anti authoritarian radical ethics and politics.
who is the authority on our lives? who is the authority on the black experience. or being queer. or being working class. or being a refugee. who owns these stories?
who owns this knowledge?
can you tell the story of my life better than i can?
what gives you the right to say what i needed and what i wanted?
only i can say that.
only i can say what i needed for my survival. and that i believed that my survival, that my childs survival, were worth it.
perhaps you disagree.
i hope not.
we like to think that we are so knowledgeable that we understand all of the factors of another persons life. well that is just hubris. we can never know what some one else’s life truly requires.
isnt the point of anti speciesism that we all have the right to survive?


i have read krishnamurti off and on for years…and whenever i read him i felt like something he was saying or trying to impart felt illusive.  slippery.  i would think i had it and then…nope…still in the dark…

but today it didnt slip from my hand.  and im not trying to grasp it:

I maintain that truth is a pathless land, and you cannot approach it by any path whatsoever, by any religion, by any sect. That is my point of view, and I adhere to that absolutely and unconditionally. Truth, being limitless, unconditioned, unapproachable by any path whatsoever, cannot be organized; nor should any organization be formed to lead or coerce people along a particular path.

“This is no magnificent deed, because I do not want followers, and I mean this. The moment you follow someone you cease to follow Truth. I am not concerned whether you pay attention to what I say or not. I want to do a certain thing in the world and I am going to do it with unwavering concentration. I am concerning myself with only one essential thing: to set man free. I desire to free him from all cages, from all fears, and not to found religions, new sects, nor to establish new theories and new philosophies


§ 4 Responses to to set free

  • Aaminah says:

    i think you should still blog there. Clearly the blog owner is on your side, and you (and others) provide perspectives that challenge readers to look at ALL the facts and to consider individual & collective situations that may be outside their own experience. For many of us, this is the better way for us to learn and grow towards that path. We cannot do so if all we hear are the stories that it is “easy”, not complicated, that there are no extenuating circumstances, that we are bad people and liars if we don’t “get it” and “just do it” (as BFP says) the “right” way all the time. i don’t understand why bringing into the mix other factors that affect one’s ability to stick with it 100% is so problemmatic for some people, but it smacks of dogma. In this particular subject, i don’t think dogma is what is really needed. We are human, imperfect, having many different and changing needs and situations. i think compassion and recognizing privilege and lack thereof is very much needed. Those who lack compassion for fellow humans, in my opinion, are not living up to the ideals of their “moral authority” because you cannot insist there is one way to be on this one subject and not extrapolate it to then how you should act towards fellow humans.

    • mama says:

      oh we’ll see…probably i will again…but not for a while…im not really an active member over there. always felt a little uncomfortable and now i can see why…oh well…

  • Aaminah says:

    i phrased that comment poorly. what i should have said was that if it is good for you to write there, then you shouldn’t let those jerk commentors stop you from doing what you want to do. if writing for that blog is not what you need and want anyway, then of course you shouldn’t feel compelled to continue doing so.

  • Aaminah says:

    you know, the really sad thing is: i’d never read the blog before. i’d heard about it thru bfp and maybe others, but i’m not part of that community so even though i was curious and supportive of it, i never got around to going over to check it out. now, the first time that i do read it, this is what i get from it. this is my first impression… that some women of color have bought into the ideal of perfection when none of us are perfect, that some women of color are just as hard on each other as the rest of the world is towards us, that human compassion is lacking (i already realized that amongst many i know in real life, but i suppose i expected better between woc for some reason… no, the truth is being a part of that particular movement does not mean you are a nice person) in a movement that is supposedly all about compassion. and because i read that, and was so disappointed, i don’t know that i would continue to read that blog at all. but, i appreciate what the owner’s idea behind it was and i’m sure there is a lot of good stuff. on the other hand, i poked around a bit yesterday and realized, hmm… maybe it’s only because it was so obvious in the comments on that post that now i see it everywhere, but there are plenty of posts (and i mean the actual posts, not just comments) that are very insular and make it clear that they don’t want to attract or discuss with anyone who isn’t at the same stage in development. well, that is a real turn off to those who might be interested but not quite there yet, those who would want to be able to ask questions and seek help towards working on getting there. some of the posts make it clear that anyone who has questions or isn’t “there” yet is somehow a jackass so don’t bother us… very disenheartening. i probably won’t go back. and i don’t for one minute believe that was the original intent… it’s so the opposite of the way the original owner wrote in her about page.

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