There is a word in Portuguese 'saudade'. Most often translated as 'nostalgia', it is said that an anthropologist was disturbed by the difference between the sense experienced and the English translation. Nostalgia implies something lost, but that saudade means the feeling of the PRESENCE of something missing. That is, the common translation rendered the word a palimpsest - an original nearly erased and over-written. The breadth of direct experience of feeling the presence is quite different from the lexical dismissiveness of the unquestioned assumption of something gone, in the past.
The admonition of the current administration and the economic mandates of predatory capitalism to not look back, to 'move on', such an overarching whip being wielded is nefarious in its banality.
It is like an unspoken commandment that 'thou shalt not consider the full impact of the palimpsest of official history'. Added to that is voracious scrambling for totality and secrecy by the dominant powers also scrambling to dominate restrictive narratives. These are failed methodologies that, whenever attempted to be enforced, impoverish all that they touch. More than that the degradation imposed is aggregate and requires constant intensification - it is a death wish masquerading as life in denial that the limb it has climbed out on can do nothing but break.
Perhaps it will break.
Perhaps we need to design a prize called 'the snapped limb award'. Perhaps we need to place a choice before representatives. Perhaps we should propose some variation of a plan along the lines that voting be made a universal franchise, to be exercised over a three day national holiday, and failing that, offer a three day total national strike - just to jog direct experience of the feeling of the presence of what has been missing.
"Perhaps we should propose some variation of a plan along the lines that voting be made a universal franchise, to be exercised over a three day national holiday, and failing that, offer a three day total national
strike - just to jog direct experience of the feeling of the presence of what has been missing."
Beautiful concept! If the universal franchise is not enacted, we will enact it. i see a giant banner, a spreading meme, "THIS IS OUR VOTE" as the massed humanity conjures its own embodiment of democracy.
And with the growing force of the Moral Mondays movement, it does not seem impossible to imagine.