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SUMMARY: An overly political outlook on life, like any kind of ideological or fundamentally religious perspective, leaves you underdeveloped as a human being. If you politicize your relationships, you will not learn to love and be responsible.

“The personal is political”, along with “A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle”, was a popular 1960s feminist slogan of political activists claiming to “raise consciousness”.

From a psychological, or scientific, point of view, this consciousness-raising — teaching young people to look at their personal lives in terms of political power structures — is little more than a Maoist Struggle Session. Meanwhile, under real existing East German socialism, children were taught to destroy their souls with Maoist self-criticism in front of their classmates.

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Politicizing personal issues, and “voluntarily” humiliating yourself in front of others, teaches you not how to solve problems, but how to generate hatred and to direct it either against others, or against yourself.

And then there are the opportunity costs of doing this: If you put all your energy into politicizing the personal, you will not learn some basics of history, and you will not learn logical reasoning. Because reality and how we got here are irrelevant if all you are interested in is how to criticize.

Not having been brainwashed by Cultural Marxism into politicizing every aspect of social life, but being used to try and solve problems if possible, people in Eastern Europe retained a little bit of common sense in psychological matters. While they were idiotized economically, they were not complete morons.

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There were differences in how badly certain social classes were abused under Soviet, Chinese, German, Korean socialism, but in none of the Eastern block countries did people actually attempt to play women off against men. Family structures were not sacrificed for the great “common cause”. Accordingly, the cultural shock upon confrontation with what had happened to Western countries in the meantime was huge.

After the fall of the wall, West German women told East German women, “Great job toppling your government; what you must do now is start hating your men”, to which East German women replied, “What?! Why would we do that? They are our fathers, brothers, lovers — what should we hate them for?”

Heck, people who lived under communism had enough problems. (Not everyone, though. See I’ve Never Seen a Happy Femi­nist.)

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Real existing communism has collapsed, partly because nobody likes to “crawl and speak with a forked tongue”, as East Germans used to refer to what this system did to human beings. But Cultural Marxism is alive and well. Self-criticism in front of your peers destroys your soul; criticizing your culture before you learn to understand and appreciate your heritage destroys society.

So, 50 years of identity politics later, nobody seems any happier, or wiser, for that matter. Many women choose to politicize interpersonal relationships instead of improving them. They decide to regard nefarious, powerful white men as the ones responsible for their misery, and have no motivation to learn better skills, or to improve their character. Women are not more independent, or considerate, or less gullible. Instead, they rely on the state to provide them with whatever they need, believe what they perceive to be social consensus, and tend to abuse others — men and women alike — especially those who dare to disagree with them.

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I know a number of women past their prime who live with cats, are members of “Single and over 40” meetups, and seem bitter, unloving, and unwilling to reach out and help others. They are all very political, very correct, and easily offended.

There is a weird sadness in seeing a book on “How to find a husband over 35” on the stoop and knowing which one of your neighbors donated this evidence of a violently misspent youth to the public.

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Politicizing problems is equivalent to throwing a tantrum; ranting and complaining while refusing to try and solve the problem when you actually have the means to do so. Nobody likes whiny people, and sooner or later, most people just move on with their lives, leave the whiners behind, and do what is known as “growing up”.

In fact, most political protests are tantrums: “You hurt my feeling because you are a racist sexist chauvinistic pig, and I will now riot until you bake me a cake because I am entitled to it!”

The correct answer to nonsense of this kind is “Go to your room”, as Tony Soprano told his son while he was indulging in teenage angst and nihilism. (See Boredom and Suffer­ing.)

 

 

Rachel Bartlett grew up in East Germany. She wants to punch people who lecture others on how there is a difference between communism and socialism, or how real socialism has never been tried (Yeah, why don’t you tell me more about what communism did to my people, you expert?). She half regrets having studied political science and modern history, as well as English. What was considered unconventional and anarchist in her youth, apparently is conservative these days, so she clashes with Zeitgeist with every breath she takes. She likes to go birding, drinking coffee, being married, and reading the entire internet, not necessarily in that order. Her English, once so pristine, has been hopelessly bastardized and degenerated into Midatlantic since relocating to to a tiny village on an island.
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Since we know the flight to material “success” always fails, it is in the psyche that we must find our freedom and security both. And if we must develop new ways of thinking and talking about our consciousness of ourselves and the worlds around us, then we must start now. It is only those who see the new horizon, after all, who can describe it to those still struggling up the hill.

Read the entire essay: http://www.rosenfels.org/Puters.htm

Original: http://www.rosenfels.org/rbCats.h

Heute gab mein Freund mir Hausaufgaben — eine “Archy und Mehitabel” Geschichte zu lesen.

Don Marquis benutzte seine Figuren – Archy, eine riesige Kakerlake, die mit Mehitabel, einer Katze befreundet ist – um menschliche Prototypen zu repräsentieren. Mehitabel beklagt, Babys zu haben — und kein aufregendes Leben.

Natürlich leiden echte Katzen nicht, wenn sie kleine Kätzchen großziehen, und sie “opfern” nichts dafür. Sie wissen, wie sie am besten für sich selbst sorgen, im Gegensatz zu Menschen, die sich oft entweder selbst, oder ihre Kinder vernachlässigen. Wenn eine Katze hungrig ist, geht sie jagen und frißt, und sorgt sich nicht endlos um ihre Jungen, die für eine Weile allein sind und dadurch so psychologisch geschädigt werden könnten, daß sie eine Therapie benötigen, wenn sie erwachsen sind.

Miez miez

Ich brauch eine Therapie! Gib mir eine Therapie!

Wie Mehitabel hätte meine Großmutter es vorgezogen, keine Kinder zu haben, oder nicht so viele, und sie hätte gern mehr gelernt, um Krankenschwester zu werden. Sie fühlte sich minderwertig, weil sie ungebildet war – als sorbisches Kind unter dem Nazi-Regime durfte sie nur vier Jahre lang zur Schule gehen, und danach zog sie sechs Kinder auf, und sie fand nie den Mut zu sagen: “Ihr könnt mich alle mal, in der nächsten Stunde werde ich ein Buch lesen! ”

Sie fühlte sich sogar schuldig, als sie eines ihrer Kinder zu ihrer Schwester gab, welche keine Kinder bekommen konnte. Ihr mußte erst gesagt werden, daß dies eine wunderbare Sache war! Schließlich konnte ihre Tochter weiterhin mit ihren Geschwistern spielen, mußte nicht hunger leiden, hatte gute Eltern und erbte später deren Haus und Hof. Die Schwester meiner Oma bekam das Kind, das sie wollte, und meine Oma hatte einen hungrigen Mund weniger zu füttern. Das waren sehr glückliche Umstände – das sprichwörtliche Glück im Unglück – wenn man den Mut hat, dies auf die richtige Art zu betrachten, und sich verabschiedet von traditionellen Vorstellungen darüber, was es bedeutet, eine gute Mutter zu sein und sich für eine dumme Idee zu opfern.

As ich Geschichte und Literatur studierte, wurde ich fast krank durch universitäre Traumatisierung aus zweiter Hand – durch Überidentifikation mit all diesen Opfergeschichten. Ich war so offensichtlich von der Misshandlung großer Teile der mittelalterlichen Gesellschaft erschüttert, daß eine Freundin zu mir sagte: “Alle, die 1349 auf dem Scheiterhaufen gestorben sind, wären jetzt sowieso tot!” Das ist sehr smart – ich wünschte nur, sie hätte hinzugefügt, “Kümmer Dich stattdessen um die Lebenden statt, Du Dummkopf!” Das war etwas, das man mir erst sagen mußte!

Als meine Oma starb, war ich sehr traurig, weil ich immer noch Single war; sie hätte gern hätte meine Kinder und meinen Freund kennengelernt. Aber letztendlich ist es besser, daß ich mein eigenes Leben lebe und nicht ihre Fehler wiederhole; ebenso wie es völlig sinnlos wäre, loszuziehen und Rache für eine Hexe oder einen Juden zu üben, die im Jahre 1349 auf dem Scheiterhaufen verbrannt wurden. So viele Menschen haben so sehr gelitten, aus allen möglichen falschen Gründen. Über das unglücklich zu sein, was vor Jahrhunderten passierte, wäre falsch und auf eine sehr schlechte Weise eigennützig – es hilft niemandem, einschließlich des vermeintlich noblen Menschen, der sich entschließt, so zu leiden.

Wir alle sind gelegentlich traurig, weil wir nicht mehr gegeben haben. Aber oft hätte mehr zu geben bedeutet, sich vom eigenen Wachstumsprozeß abzuwenden und die Menschheit zu verraten. Alles wichtige, das meine Oma weitergeben konnte, ist noch lebendig in mir, und alles, was ich ihr gern gegeben hätte, kann ich jedem geben, von dem ich denke, daß er es wert ist.

“Das neue Paradigma wird nicht mehr sein, “etwas zurückzugeben”, sondern es “weiterzugeben”. Man kann seinen Lehrern nicht wirklich etwas zurückzahlen, es sei denn, indem man der nächsten Generation hilft.” – Dean Hannotte

Care for the living. Collage von Rachel Bartlett.

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Me: “I remember the end of socialism in East Germany. That was a lot more fun than this Second Great Depression… Or maybe I was younger…”

He:  “I can’t imagine the upheaval of things that caused. I find it amazing that any of the former communist countries managed to transition as smoothly as they did.

As I’m sure you know there are people here in the US are cryin “socialism” because the government is bailing out banks and perhaps the car companies. As someone who has first hand experience with Communism (and the police state that goes with it) and the transition what’s your take on things?”

The short answer:

1. New York city community gardens are pretty anarchist socialist, and rent stabilized apartments are very state socialist. Bailouts, OTOH, are plain robbery, with a good mix of indentured servitude. Nothing about the current crisis is in any way socialist. By using a killer phrase like “socialist” for what is basically robbery, we rob ourselves of the chance to understand and solve our real problems.

2. Nothing about this “transition” was smooth. It looked civilized only because no policeman and no soldier fired a single shot, and not a single protester smashed a window or set a car on fire.

3. After a delightful but short anarchist phase, East Germany was annexed by, not united with, the West. Almost two incredibly brutal decades later I doubt that East Germany will ever recover. Twenty years later, West German media are still so hysterically ranting about Socialism I wonder how dead this dog really is, and what they are trying to distract me from.

4. And the police state — well, the East German “police state” was a joke compared to what is going on now. I was never worried about the Stasi or the KGB. The only reason I am not scared shitless of the BKA, CFR, NWO, NSA, TSA etc. now is that I refuse to. I refuse to.

Noble be man, helpful and good! (J. W. v. Goethe)

Apart from calling things by their proper name and refusing to act based on fear, the question is not whether or not to store food, or whether you shall buy gold or silver.

The first and most important belief I hold is that humans are inherently good.

Humans ARE inherently good. This is both a fact and an imperative — Goethe also wrote, There is nothing good unless you do it.

I can’t prove this. This is something you have to believe first to be able to see it.

Come on, give me a chance. Test it. For a week, avoid all TV news and horror movies, and approach everybody with an attitude of gratitude BEFORE they do something for you, and maybe you will get an idea of what human nature really is. Give people a chance to be nice to you. Ask them favours — most people will be happy to help if they can. Helping others makes humans feel good about themselves. People who feel useless are unhappy.
Whether you believe you can do a thing or not, you are right. (Henry Ford)

What looks like our biggest problems, what makes the current mess seem so monolithic you either want to wrap up in a ball and sleep, or scream at the tops of your lungs — it’s just ideologies.

Misogyny and racism are not human nature but sick ideologies. The police state and ponzi scheme monetary systems are not based in human nature, but in misguided ideologies.

Yes, they are powerful, yes, they are stupid, but they are made by humans, and therefore they can be overcome by humans. There are better ideas out there, and we have access to them via the internet. The internet is one of the things people didn’t have in 1989.

It’s Monday morning. You’re waiting for the lights to turn green so you can continue to rush to work. You listen to your favourite song on your Mp3-player, and you see somebody, lost in thought, about to walk into the traffic. Of course you stretch your arm and reach out to stop them. You will not even be particularly proud of yourself, just vaguely glad you’re not splattered in blood and have to remember that first aid stuff you learnt ages ago. You don’t want to see people suffer. You want to be in time and have a coffee, and you want them to go about their lives and have a nice day.

*This* is human nature.

It is much more human nature than a protester calling a policeman “a pig”, or a cop tasering a student for not showing their library card.

It’s also a scene from Definitely Maybe. I watched it last night, and remembered how I once stretched out my arm to stop a friend from walking into a truck (We were going to a party, and I only remember it because I was so madly in love with this person, and actually I remember more vividly how ill I felt that day and how I really shouldn’t have tried the Sherry at the party). But I bet I did similar things for other people, and I bet other people saved me, quite frequently. This is so normal and common we rarely remember it for longer than a day.

Because this is simply human nature.

Übersetzung folgt… sobald ich Zeit dafür finde 🙂


Ich träum in letzter Zeit immer öfter davon, …

... den Mut zu haben, mich auf einen belebten Platz zu stellen und John F. Kennedys Rede zu laut zitieren: "The very word secrecy is repugnant in a free and open society!"

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