Friday, January 08, 2010

the largeness of vision is sometimes constricted
by the smallness of resources: money, time, bodies

how then to adjust? do i adjust the vision to fit the small?
or is the vision really for the long term and not just one

i do not own the vision. i'm merely riding on the wave
of energy of my ancestors who wanted nothing more
than the creation of Beauty. Beauty that makes life bearable.
Beauty that comes from their cosmic consciousness.
Beauty that is not bound by theologies and ideologies.
Beauty that liberates.

the small says: you can't create without money.

on the other hand, there are those who say: just think positive.

i am thinking of Barbara Ehrenreich's book on the cult
of positive thinking in this country and she writes that
this thinking is what failed the economy (and no need for me to
go there here).

positive thinking, to me, is different from the pursuit of a dream that
is well informed by historical and political contexts and how
dominant narratives from such contexts affect people at different times and places.
dreaming requires courage and perseverance
dreaming asks for understanding of the specificity of our circumstances
as historical subjects.
dreaming asks that we undo this history but it can't be done with mere
positive thinking.

oh no. the task is more laborious than this. it is painful even.
but if we ride this dream, it will take us to places we hadn't imagined we could be.

dream with me?

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