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