Two Contemporary Political Commentators On The Value Of Abandoning Hope

No hyper-bol; no exagérations; no inaccuracy; no fake news; no religious dogma (theist or atheist); no conspiracy – just the situation laid bare: the planet is being killed (not dying) and we know it. The mass extinction event currently underway, along side climate change, air, land and water pollution, and just about everything else that surmounts to the day-to-day normality of this culture presents us with an impending apocalypse (in any meaningful sense of the term), which this culture will have to face up to eventually.

Marxist-Lacanian philosopher and sociologist Zizek, despite his reverence of Stalinist-socialist type-civilisation, has some valuable insights on the value of abandoning hope –

“The true courage is not to imagine an alternative, but to accept the consequences of the fact that there is no clearly discernible alternative: the dream of an alternative is a sign of theoretical cowardice; it functions as a fetish that prevents us thinking through to the end the deadlock of our predicament. In short, the true courage is to admit that the light at the end of the tunnel is most likely the headlights of another train approaching us from the opposite direction.” Zizek.

Radical environmentalist writer Derrick Jensen stated in his seminal text Endgame this –

“A wonderful thing happens when you give up on hope, which is that you real-
ize you never needed it in the first place. You realize that giving up on hope
didn’t kill you, nor did it make you less effective. In fact it made you more effec-
tive, because you ceased relying on someone or something else to solve your
problems—you ceased hoping your problems somehow get solved, through the
magical assistance of God, the Great Mother, the Sierra Club, valiant tree-sitters,
brave salmon, or even the Earth itself—and you just began doing what’s neces-
sary to solve your problems yourself …. When you give up on hope, you lose a lot of fear. And when you quit relying on hope, and instead begin to just protect those you love, you become danger-ous indeed to those in power.” Derrick Jensen, Endgame.

It is time we have the courage to abandon hope, stop taking comfort in it, take responsibility for our lives, the world our lives are immersed in, and start to act in resistance and revolt – defending wild nature and attacking that which seeks to kill it.

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4 thoughts on “Two Contemporary Political Commentators On The Value Of Abandoning Hope

  1. you don’t have to give up on hope to attack what is killing the planet.

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    1. julianlanger1 May 5, 2017 — 4:28 pm

      You have to give up hope, in the sense of placing faith in an agency outside of yourself to solve the problem – governments, corporations etc.

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  2. Sure, give up idle hope, but not joy, humour, or wonder. They fill the well with passion and courage for the fight that lies ahead.

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    1. julianlanger1 May 8, 2017 — 5:06 am

      Of course =)

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