Friday, March 20, 2009

the local

I visited an independently owned CD store today for the "experience." I have been becoming tired of purchasing music on itunes; yea its fast and somewhat endless, but I was revitalized today with the option of sorting through cd's and coming across the rare ones that i had once purchased in 7th grade, lost, and haven't seen since. As i was sorting through cd's like "The Herbaliser," "A Tribe Called Quest," "The Cure," with all of their rarities and b-sides, i noticed the prices were a bit higher than usual with an average of $15. Typically, we look to get the most out of our dollar, the best deal but when we use that as our goal we overlook the struggling businesses that make our neighborhoods...our neighborhoods. In the future we have potential to go completely digital and online which is a scary thought. You won't have to leave your house for music, groceries, books, clothes...everything.

Regarding, we should continue to support our local independent businesses as best as we can. I definitely want to get better at this as the economy is getting worse for those struggling businesses that need to provide community needs for survival. The prices may be a bit higher than the cheapest deal you can find, but long-term "experiences" and local economic strength should encourage us to spend the extra few dollars for a stable community. Our goal is to keep the financial resources within the community without the corporate interference that tends to overlook the resident's best interest. Big businesses are obsessed with control and profit, characteristics that are available to the local business as well, which should discourage the people from supporting profit hungry networks. Rhetorically speaking, are the *best goods worth sacrificing a healthy neighborhood?

Today I supported a local business and i walked away with The Cure and John Legend; a good day.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

equation #1

question + no answer = truth

This equation may seem counter-intuitive due to its lack of an answer, but in fact it is quite revealing. This 'lack of an answer' reveals the complexity of life with all of its experiences which are interpreted in a number of different ways. This is how *individuality* remains consistent even though we might live within the same cultural environment, i.e. each of us look at a situations in an objective posture. So, the lack of an answer promotes individuality by allowing each "self" to interpret a particular insight on their own without interference from another. Systems of power fight against ambiguity because of fear; fear that is caused by an interpretation that is in disagreement with the *one that is promoted top down. The equation above fights for organic truth with its "from below" approach and its value for freedom.

Each human self acquires a bit of its own truth which naturally becomes personally ingrained. Is it possible to continue community in the midst of contextual truths at work? Systems and structures would most likely say "no," but I continue to promote a loud "yes!" In order to live alongside one another in a healthy fashion we must develop a type of belief transcendence. In other words, I must be able to treat my brothers and sisters exactly the same way no matter the differences between us. Otherwise, our agenda is disguised with conversation and judgment disguised with "stance." Power structures are only concerned with outcome, specifically personal gain. The 'lack of an answer' truncates power structures by literally taking the power back which consequently silences cheap talk and empowers the marginalized.

Personal truth is ingrained in life per se and individuality is necessary for equality.