EZLN: Rewind 2: On Death and Other Alibis

Chiapas Support Committee

REWIND 2:ON DEATH AND OTHER ALIBIS

December 2013.

“One knows one has died wheneverything around them hasstopped dying.”

Elías Contreras.  Profession: EZLN Investigation Commission.
Civil Condition: Dead.
Age: 521 years old and counting.

It is before dawn, and, if they should ask me, which they haven’t, I would say that the problem with the dead is the living.

Because in their absence, you tend to get that absurd, meaningless, and outrageous argument: “I knew them/ saw them/ was told by them,” really just an alibi that hides the real statement “I am the administrator of that life because I administer its death.”

It’s something like having a “copyright” on death, thus converting it into merchandise that can be possessed, exchanged, circulated, and consumed. There are even historiographical books, biographies, museums, commemorations, theses, newspapers, magazines, and colloquia for this.

Then there is that trick…

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One thought on “EZLN: Rewind 2: On Death and Other Alibis

  1. Reblogged this on Spirit In Action and commented:
    But regarding everything else, don’t worry; you haven’t really lost anything because you haven’t even really struggled. All that you’ve done is delegate to someone else the search for a victory that will never arrive.

    The one above will fall, there’s no doubt. But his fall will not be the product of struggle that is exclusive, monopolized, and fanatical.

    If you want keep pulling from above, you will celebrate every little movement of the monolith, but the rope will break each and every time.

    Statues and authoritarianism have to be taken down from below, so as to assure that the base upon which they stood disappears and thus to assure that a new face doesn’t simply replace the one that was there before.

    Thank you for posting this. It is wise and beautiful. I especially appreciated this passage. I feel it applies to us all not just people in Mexico or Chiapas.

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