Deadbeat Presents: Day One of Winter, Enter Derrick Jensen

December 22, 2013

p. 303-304 of “The Culture of Make Believe”

“Don’t.  Don’t look.  Don’t listen.  Don’t love.  Don’t let the other be.  Don’t.  The best way to gaurantee you won’t be in relationship with something is to not see it.  The best way to make certain you won’t see something is to destroy it.  And completing this awful circle, it is easiest to destroy something you refuse to see.  This in a nutshell, is the key to our civilisation’s ability to work its will on the world and on other cultures: Our power (individually and socially) derives from our steadfast refusal to enter into meaningful and mutual relationships.

This refusal — this key to power — was carried forward and used by slavers, Columbus, Pilgrims, the Founding Fathers, Hitler.  It is put forward today by politicians who send soldiers to kill at a distance, and by soldiers who do the killing.  It is pushed by CEO’s and ohers who wish to reap the benefits of our economic system, and by purveyors of porn who tell us it’s OK to represent women as objects to be “fucked in every hole” (or, judging by my Alta Vista search and the prevalent statistics, to be raped) but fail to mention any form of relationship at all.  It is okay, we are told incessantly (for incessant repetition is necessary to make this painful and eventually numbing lesson stick) to utilize resources, whether the resources are trees, fish, gold, diamonds, land, labor, warm, wet vaginas, or oil.  Bu one must never enter into relationship with this other who owns or who is a resource.  To do so would be to break the covenant with your God, whose name is Jealous, whose name is Power, because our power comes directly from your unwillingness (or, perhaps, in time, your inability) to maintain relationship: it is much easier to expl0it someone you do not consider a living being — a You, as Buber would have put it — much less a friend, a lover, a member of your family.  This is the key to understanding the difference beween indigenous and civilized warfare: Even in warfare the indigenous maintain relationships wih their honored enemy.  This is the key to understanding the difference between indigenous and civilized ways of living.  THi sis only one of many things those we enslave could tell us, if only we asked: They, too, are alive, and present another way of living, a way of living that is not — in conradistinction to our God and our science and our capitalism and everything else in our lives — jealous.  It is an inclusive way of living.  THey could tell us that things don’t have to be the way they are. “

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