An blog by a member of the Catholic peace movement, Pax Christi, to explore the nexus between contemplation and resistance. "The Christian must discover in contemplation, and in the giving of his life, those symbolic actions which will ignite the people's faith to resist injustice with their whole lives, lives coming together as a united force of truth and thus releasing the liberating power of the God within them." - James Douglass, Contemplation and Resistance.
Friday, August 29, 2008
The Delusional Revolution
"The delusional revolution is my term for the development of sophisticated propaganda techniques in the 20th century (especially a highly emotive, image-based advertising system) that have produced in the bulk of the population (especially in First World societies) a distinctly delusional state of being. Even those of us who try to resist it often can't help but be drawn into parts of the delusion. As a culture, we collectively end up acting as if unsustainable systems can be sustained because we want them to be. Much of the culture's story-telling -- particularly through the dominant story-telling institutions, the mass media -- remains committed to maintaining this delusional state. In such a culture, it becomes hard to extract oneself from that story." - Robert Jensen, "The old future’s gone: Progressive strategy amid cascading crises"
That is precisely the essence of Christian resistance - to extract oneself from the story which the powers and principalities tell us about ourselves. It is the refinement of the stories, their consistent embellishment with all the trappings of sex, glitz, and great music that embeds in us ever more deeply the lie that we will be able to sustain the death march that underlies our life-style.