Tue Dec 19th, 2006 at 10:38:21 AM EST
Still probably the worst is the individulaistic narrative of "us" being a "single" perso, this is also very dangerous and without any alternative out there. This can lead the way to a big unefficient cars again and to an eventually semi-suburban (suburban a la european style) type of neighboorhood (I know guadalajara in Spain for exmple), where the notion of being ONE (as in Republican ex-urbia) will be extremelly powerful given the symbolic structure of the space distribution.
I'd like to follow this up, as I see it as a key issue which affects me, maybe you too: how our individuality--as a concept and a prize--runs against the needs of the collective....
...or not, as the case may be. See, I have a theory (oh many, many!) that low-level alienation is the price a society pays for not going to war with itself or its neighbours. It is a lack of cohesion between individuals--a lack of a sense of shared identity--that means rallying cries of the "Us vs. Them!" kind fail to rouse the spirits of and mobilise the actions of enough people...to go to war. Against our neighbours. (Wars against far away enemies who are seen to be powerless don't count here.)
No "For your country!" = no social urge to war...
But...also no group identity for postive change. We are all so different...and we don't like leaders telling us what to do...and when they do, we disagree about who they are, what they mean, and what we should do about it...we are isolated into small groups...but there is the key...
Small groups are not a single person; small groups can connect with other small groups...
Well, the initiative in Flanders started some years ago with people and organisations linked to Oxfam(fair trade), ecological movement and third world actions.
I searched around but I couln't find simular initiatives in other country's.
In Flanders there is a central organisation who promotes the idea with succes: they have a website only in Flemish: VOEDSELTEAMS.Weet wat je eet. (Foodteams, know what you eat.)
How many households are supplied currently by this admirable network?
Hard to get figures, since this is about local initiatives.
But at some point there where 150 known 'foodteams' with around 10 households each. Sure this is far from a mass-movement but it demonstrates the possibility of sustainable local (bio/organic)farming and 'alternative' distribution.
(Apologies for quoting anyone who'd rather not be quoted; let me know and I'll remove your quote.)
So...my point being that maybe the key difference now (oh, a key difference, a difference...something something connecting to kcurie's point...)...yes, maybe there is a difference between those who ascribe to at least one group, however small (just a group of friends will do, or even--question mark?--the family as it extends beyond nuclear), and those who ascribe to no group, who are fundamentally "Us" = "me"
Ramble, ramble. Oh! Oh! Pictures are necessary.
And I wonder, then, if the question is how do small groups (tribes?) relate to Ze State, a large abstraction across the planet's surface and divided into 177 (and counting) fractious slices...
Yes...the relationship between groups and the state...when "them" becomes "us"...and "we" become "them"...rather than "him" or "her"...?
It may be always illegal, but not necessarily wrong, unless your position is that ethics must follow law.
You don't decree trust, you earn it.
So maybe the states we live in have broken trust with us...they have stopped earning it...and the atomised individual is the easiest solution for all concerned...but now that atomisation, as is the way of atoms (? no?) find others, join together, and...as melo put it...
who can resist the new alloy?
He also wrote:
i think we should point harf to the longterm advantages of seeing ourselves first as global citizens, and then working back, towards atomisation of individual identity.
So...global citizens...individuals...small groups...There is a size of group that can bring about change...maybe that size reduces to "one" and builds from there? Yack yack...
It gets dark early here these days...Here's a sunset...