conjuring scars

Reading bell hooks, All About Love, and I learn that the scars that can be found on men in prison are more often than not the result of childhood, not adulthood, abuse. This is at first surprising; upon reflection it is less so. The image evokes rambunctious kids with exhausted parents, ‘caregivers’ whose ignorance, lack of creativity, or simple helplessness leads them to believe that their only recourse is physical violence. One thinks then of the idols that captivate these children, the neighborhoods and poverty that condition them. The examples set by these idols, this poverty, and these caregivers: what could counteract these forces better than love? And not only the kind of love that one received from a friend of the family or an extended family member, but the kind of love embodied in the spirit of charity or social justice.


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2 Responses to conjuring scars

  1. Sharon says:

    Do you know Michael Franti & Spearhead’s music? I only disovered it a month ago, but it fits with “the kind of love embodied in the spirit of charity or social justice.”

    I’ve called myself a “love activist” at times. I’m so happy to see your post because it resonates with my work. I hope this isn’t too much to paste into the comments, and please forgive if I’ve over-stepped, but:

    “Love is, to our best knowledge, effortless, and all of our efforts should be brought to rearranging all the politics of the world so that it is effortless. Everyone would be in love with 140 to 10,000 people, and you would nearly always be among people you were in love with or were in love with people you were in love with, and then not only love would be effortless, just about everything would, in a broad humane spirit, without fear of any kind. Ya, possible.”

    –John Barlow, poet

    In my early twenties, I was a very active activist. I gave time, energy and thought to environmental and social issues, and stayed on top of the lastest world news. I felt like I was haphazardly applying Band-Aid solutions to one crisis after another, but only addressing symptoms instead of the underlying disease. I longed for a magic button to save the world (in spite of the so-called “button pushers” who could destroy it).

    Of course, love is the only magic we need to push all the right buttons. The crises are symptoms of a global disbelief in the power of love. If we could all love–even just a little more–worldly problems would vanish. As I write this, it is beginning to happen.

    I Love You is a political statement. This project represents my politics. Indira Ghandi said, “Peace between countries must rest on the solid foundation of love between individuals.”

    You say you want a revolution? Say I Love You to 140 to 10,000 people.


  2. plasticbodies says:

    thanks for the comment, sharon. i don’t think it was at all excessive. and yes, i have heard franti’s music. i’m sorry, but i don’t have anything significant to say about it.

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