praxis: (love song : sara bareilles.)

I want you between me and the feeling I get when I miss you

but everything here's telling me I should be fine

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Created on 2009-05-19 23:34:40 (#366953), last updated 2011-04-28 (334 weeks ago)

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"The insistence that the oppressed engage in reflection on their concrete situation is not a call to armchair revolution. On the contrary, reflection--true reflection--leads to action. On the other hand, when the situation calls for action, that action will constitute an authentic praxis only if its consequences become the object of critical reflection. In this sense, the praxis is the new raison d'etre of the oppressed, and the revolution, which inaugurates the historical moment of this raison d'etre, is not viable apart from their concomitant conscious involvement. Otherwise, action is pure activism.

To achieve this praxis, however, it is necessary to trust in the oppressed and in their ability to reason. Whoever lacks this trust will fail to initiate ( or will abandon ) dialogue, reflection, and communication, and will fall into using slogans, communiques, monologues, and instructions. Superficial conversions to the cause of liberation carry this danger.

Political action on the side of the oppressed must be pedagogical action in the authentic sense of the word, and, therefore, action with the oppressed. Those who work for liberation must not take advantage of the emotional dependence of the oppressed--dependence that is the fruit of the concrete situation of domination which surrounds them and which engendered their unauthentic view of the world. Using their dependence to create still greater dependence is an oppressor tactic.

Libertarian action must recognize this dependence as a weak point and must attempt through reflection and action to transform it into independence. However, not even the best-intentioned leadership can bestow independence as a gift. The liberation of the oppressed is a liberation of women and men, not things. Accordingly, while no one liberates himself by his own efforts alone, neither is he liberated by others. Liberation, a human phenomenon, cannot be achieved by semihumans. Any attempt to treat people as semihumans only dehumanizes them. When people are already dehumanized, due to the oppression they suffer, the process of their liberation must not employ the methods of dehumanization" (Freire, 1970, p. 66-67).

And whenever you go it's like holding my breath underwater
I have to admit that I kinda like it when I do
Oh but I got to be, unconditionally
Unafraid, of my days, without you

So throw me a rope, to hold me in place
Show me a clock, for counting my days, down
Cause everything easier when you're beside me
Come back and find me
Whenever I'm falling, you're always behind me
Come back and find me
Cause everything's easier when you're beside me
Come back and find me
Cause I feel alone

Banner is by [personal profile] wrecking @ [community profile] collapsingnight. Lyrics are "Throw Me a Rope" by KT Tunstall.
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