intro’d to Chetan via his tedxexeter 2015:
this sort of fixes me for them
in some profoundly important way.. they are all a part of me.. and are here with me.. maybe that’s why i find it hard to respond to questions about identity and about origin
and it’s not just a sort of teenage refusal to be labeled
why not.. that’s huge.. we should have been listening to that (all of us) all along.. no?..
and too.. labeling teenage ness as we go
our responses to questions of id and origin have substantial social/political importance.. we see the wars..the rages of id going on all around us.. violent disputes.. often based on old stories of id and belonging
do we really need id myths to feel safe/secure.. i see them as adding to human misery.. can i dare you to refuse every origin myth that claims you.. and develop a deeper sense of personhood.
deeper – maté basic needs
one responsible to humanity as a whole..
one that exposes how origin myths mystify, disguise global power, rapacious exploitation, poverty, world wide of oppression.. massive accelerating ineq’s
people assume tradition is just history.. often in severe conflict
quiet little boy.. became someone else.. refused to be who he was.. he recreated himself.. and this kind of journey is very common for young men and women who become involved in al qaeda or islamic state or other transnational armed groups
there’s no point asking them where they’re from (niether were muslim) the more important question is.. where they’re going.. most of those who join such groups have comprehensively rejected their backgrounds to become in essence.. new people
spend a lot of time bashing parents/background.. immoral.. instead.. become someone else.. your true self.. your authentic self
this isn’t about a return to the past.. it’s about using a forgery of the past to envision an appalling future which begins today at year zero
this is why over 80% of victims of salafi jihadi groups are people from muslim backgrounds.. first act.. to destroy and punish internally.. you get impression they’re after us in west.. but mainly after people from other muslim backgrounds.. in their view.. no other muslim can be pure enough..so ordinary beliefs/practices that have existed for centuries are attacked as impure by teenagers from birmingham/london who know nothing about the histories that they so joyously obliterate
always puzzled to have pride in national/ethnic id.. pride in teh accident of birth from a womb.. belief in superioirty becasue of accident of birth
these people have very firm ideas about what belongs.. there is no pure ehtnicity, national culture..
what has been decided to be culture by those who have a political stake in pounding culture into the shap of a prison..
what about those.. who can’t point to ie: monument.. are these people less a part of humanity?
your authentic self.. complex/messy/uncertain..
maybe clinging to pure ids is a sign of immaturity.. and traditions are bad for you..
let go of things you have to cling to
make his story a part of your own.. becasue he was human..
i know you ness