Pacifism Vs. Rewilding
Philosophically I loathe pacifism, because instinctively, I would never even consider it. Yet, reflexively I enact pacifism when attacked, threatened or intimidated. After practicing something long enough, you can re-train your reflexes. I have pacifist values, not because I want to or chose to, but because of my training from early childhood in civilization and specifically, in school. We learn to never fight back or we will receive worse than what we gave. This training needs to stop, now. We need to rewild our relationship to violence.
In order for things to live they have to eat, which means they have to kill. Whether you kill a plant or an animal, you use violence to do it. I don’t judge violence as “good” or “bad” because I see it as a simply function of nature. Like it or not, we cannot escape it. No animals live pacifist lives except domesticated ones. I see violence in the wild, and it looks beautiful to me. We must kill to eat. Life implies violence through death. It can look ugly if you fear death, it can look beautiful if you embrace it.
I don’t judge violence as “good” or “bad” because I see it as a function of nature. The question of violence or no violence bores the shit out of me really. I accept violence as a beautiful part of our nature, not some grotesque animalistic quality that we left behind when we begun civilization. Do you use violence in a sustainable way, like that of a wild animal or do you use it in an unsustainable way to further civilization’s domestication? “What?” you say, “You can use violence in a sustainable way?” Yes, you can. Chew on that for a bit.
I also don’t have a problem with violent communication. When two bucks bash their racks together, they may act violently towards each other, but the violence does not look abusive. It looks real and raw and beautiful. Yes, communication can look violent and not feel abusive. Really, I think we need to learn non-abusive, violent communication. Our culture conflates abuse with violence because those in power control us using violence or the threat of violence. To live as a domesticated human means to live by the wishes of rulers or face the consequences. Killing a life differs from torturing a life into submission. We have a name for that kind of violence; abuse.
If people use violence to take down civilization it does not work the same way as civilization using violence to force you to live in civilization because civilization will kill this planet if it doesn’t come down. Civilization attacks the whole world everyday. If you counter-attack civilization to bring it down it works as a defense mechanism to end domination.
You cannot live as a pacifist and rewild. Those who wish to rewild without bringing down civilization do not understand what rewilding implies. Those who don’t see how rewilding implies bringing down civilization don’t understand rewilding either. By rewilding, you put yourself against the forces of civilization that work to domesticate the planet. If you don’t want to use violence to rewild (I sure don’t!) than it really all depends on how you plan to meet that violence when it comes. Without question, visible violence will come knocking at your door at some point or other. Civilization, the collective group of people who perpetuate this way of life, will not quietly put down their weapons and allow you to put a halt to their death wish of domestication. We need to rewild our relationship to violence, retrain ourselves to fight back so when the time comes we won’t reflexively kneel to our masters and allow them to cut off our heads.
Now go put on that one track from the score to Last of the Mohicans (you know the one) paint your face and brainstorm a battle cry; “Freedom!?!” Sorry, mixing too many movies here.
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