Message from Loyola

From Mother, To Son

I grieve for you, son, the little boy who used to be innocent. I grieve for you now, even more, for you wouldn’t let me grieve with dignity.

I am not happy being here. Mothers don’t love repose. We yearn for life, for the infinite chance to tend to children—they who persist in the vision of eternity that humans dream of. That was how it was in the beginning, in the thousands of pasts from which we woke up, like a journey from grave to grave, wherefrom each end, a child beams, reaches out his frail hands to touch the wind.

Yet, even from this grave I yearn to be your mother once more. I would have traded death–this tranquility that is the envy of every living soul that struggles to make both ends meet–or, these many solitary chambers I have spent time at as a ghost capering from rest to rest, dreaming of life freely, of activity, of joy in sadness, of love letters scampering like dried leaves that refuse to land, of going back to motion that is full of consequences for the living if only the living knows where to train his eyes on, yes, for a chance to make you a child once more, knowing that it would make of me, once again, a slave of chance.

For I want to grieve with the quietness that bare life deserves. But even in grave I can still wonder: Why can’t these images that had blinded you, and every man I knew, deserve death more than every child’s innocence?

Now, I grieve over your lost innocence that you had learned to trade so skillfully for honor and dignity that I sometimes marveled what had come of it—this preponderance of cunning self-images that you took as your own!

Pride, wealth, power.

But, oh, how can I grieve?


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  1. Observations on the People’s Revolution in the Middle East

    My friend Ver text me and ask of my thinking of the “no-fly–zone” ask by the rebels in Libya as a form of military intervention by the US and NATO forces and the UN. We have been texting since the revolution in Egypt. I will also share my observation to Kiko, Erl, Jonathan and RJ.
    • The people’s revolution in the Middle East is fast and short, paper organized, no central leadership, spontaneous and leaderless in the black and white sense
    • The international community, more or less, supports the revolution because there is no existing grand ideology that dominates the movement of people.
    • Democracy as an undisputed political morale serves as an immediate alternative to military and aristocratic governments.
    • The spread of democracy in the Middle East would mean a revival of the momentum set by Fukuyama’s End of History, that is, the spread of liberal democracy – the ideology of the classical bourgeoisie
    • The spread of democracy in the Middle East would mean allowing more room for growth of global capitalism
    • Possibly the people’s revolution would shake the structure of monopoly in oil by OPEC – an antiquated multinational monopoly, which had been a cause of global economic crisis
    • Getting out of oil dependency would mean freeing the Arabs from the anxiety of existing without oil.
    • This is an “escape to freedom” from the bonds of the dominant and unitary form of productive force to a differentiated capitalist development.
    • The entry of rebels in Libya to conventional military warfare naturally prolonged their struggle; a no-fly-zone is welcomed from the point of view strategy only. It must not affect the efficient element of the revolution, that is, people’s power.
    • The popular use of social networking site in stimulating and organizing the peoples’ revolution clearly states an event of a powershift; nothing is clearer but the message of the medium

    Ben-Hur Bobis
    March 12, 2011

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