I am learning the art of attacking systems. I don’t want to just point them out and walk around with a sign that makes catchy insults about them. I don’t want to just blog about them. I want to shape my entire life that faces into corrupt empires and oppressive systems and refuses to back down to mediocrity and the thievery of free thought.
Instead of attacking systems, I used to attack people. I would make fun of them and mock the stupid things they say. I would say this was sort of the easy way to face into what I didn’t believe in and fight for what I did believe in. When Mark Driscoll would say something stupid that would give some fuel to the fire to launch into an attack to finally announce what I believe. I don’t think this is necessarily bad or wrong all the time, but it certainly does reduce the dialogue to mere insults and childish comebacks. There is very little original thought and everything is reactionary.
Chris Hedges fascinates me away whenever I read his articles. Direct and large attacks are taken at harmful and destructive systems that we all find ourselves caught in or observing. There is something deeply profound about those that can use words to describe realities as opposed to just having opinions about them.
So I am learning to scale back on attacking individuals as if they are the sole problem everything is going wrong. There is large systems at work that entangle us in their large reach. To simply attack the individuals who have lost their ability to think for themselves and allow the systems to do the thinking for them only perpetuates an attack on unknowing civilians.
I have realized though that when you attack systems, you do get just as much flack. People take offense when you attack systems that they find their identity in. People, who have been unable to discover value in who they are find it in what they are told to believe. So they get offended and launch attacks of their own. Very rarely will it be an attack on your system, it will almost usually be an attack on your person. Those that get offended easily by discussions and critiques on systemic realities tend to not be able to think abstractly about their lives. So they speak the only language they know, and attack individuals and hurl insults and accusations. They call people heretics, without having any reasons for what they believe themselves.
So it’s a fine balance to hold. We should stand up strong and fight and live against systems that oppress and threaten freedom of thought. Yet we should be loving and compassionate to all those that are tangled into the tight hold of these systems. Hurling insults at them about being brainwashed and indoctrinated will not change systems, it will just make these people hurl insults back. Then you have a dialogue about nothing. When people attack you, don’t get offended and stoop to the level of individuality. Attack their system without apology and in the same breath; love and spread compassion.