These days i have learnt to keep my mouth shut and ignore comments about the state of the Nigerian polity and pockets of UPRISINGS calling for a REVOLUTION, most of which i have tried to put my force behind, (at least being the number 1001 man, whose importance is as important as the crowd mentality required) but i think we talk too much of our desired world, and too much talks hinders the possibility of action, we scream ENOUGH IS ENOUGH !!!, we stood up against the status-quo to update our FACEBOOK and TWITTER status. I'm no man of experience in all these, but i am aware of a certain kind of libido that comes with this virtual beer parlour talks.
A brief MUSE on revolution. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH !!!
The human and social sciences have accustomed us to see the figure of man behind every social event, just as Christianity taught us to see the eye of the lord looking down upon us. Such forms of knowledge project an image of reality, at the expense of reality itself. If you do a search on Sahara reporters, you will perhaps find my article THERE WILL BE NO REVOLUTION lingering somewhere in the archives. In Nigeria we are so much bind by talking in figure terms, iconic modes and that of signs and slogans. (i.e CELEBRITY CULTURE - Youth culture) And the reality of power as it subjugates us, whose real function is to tame, and the result is the fabrication of docile, patriotic and obedient citizens. When we set for such politics of desire, that drives our wishes and actions into a revolution (a kind that is directed against all that is egoistic - and heroic- in man,) we are prompted by an instinct of self-affirmation and self-preservation that cares little about affirming or preserving a real cause
Here comes my propositions:
- * Let's free political action from all unitary and totalitarian paranoia and take a journey through ego loss.
- * Develop action, thought and desire by proliferation, juxtaposition, and disjunction, and not by subdivision and pyramidal hierarchization.(e.g, i need no Audu's Picture to see how important a cause is)
- * Do not think one has to be sad (or be known) in order to be militant, even though the thing one is fighting is abominable. it is the connection of desire to reality (and not its retreat into the forms of representation) that possesses revolutionary force. (So, let's ask us all, does the general psyche call for a real life REVOLUTION, away from twitter and facebook or sahara reporters?)
- * Do not use thought to ground a political practice; nor political action to discredit - as mere speculation - a line of thought. Use political practice as an intensifier of thought, and analysis as a multiplier of the forms and domains for the intervention of political actions.
THE VALUES WHICH WE LIVE BY ARE THE VALUES THAT LED US "HERE" IN THE FIRST PLACE - THESE DISTORTING MISTS OF NATIONAL (YOUTH) EUPHORIA AND MORAL NEGLIGENCE AND IDEOLOGICAL BARRENNESS WHICH LED US TO THIS POINT ARE STILL SEEN AS CONTINUING IN THE IDENTITY OF THE NATION; SINCE THAT IDENTITY HAS NOT CHANGED, HAS UNDERGO NO REVOLUTIONARY PURGE EITHER IN ITS GUTS OR AT THE HEAD-
THEREFORE, A REVOLUTION MUST BE MADE OF FRAGMENTS, AND NOT AS A WHOLE BODY (OF TV PEOPLES), IT MUST SHATTER THE FOUNDATIONS OF THOUGHTS AND RE-CREATE. OUR COLLECTIVE BREAK/DOWN MUST RESULT TO OUR COLLECTIVE BREAK/THROUGH.
ONLY IN THIS WAY DOES EVERY INDIVIDUAL SHARE IN THE HOLY MESS AND UNDERSTANDS THE REAL PURPOSE OF THE SACRIFICE.
...then we can all scream ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!! But how soon will this be?
I wish us all the best.