Aug 10, 2017

In Absentia!


The judicial system wants me to stick to facts.

Its representatives judge me on linear line ups that make up my case of illegal civil disobedience. 
Guilty, in absentia!

But I am a mother! I am Feminine expression! I am a nurturer, a traveler, a learner, a protector. I am so many things that don’t line up or have a tax number attached to them. In fact, I am NOT a number!

This system seems to forget!

I didn’t make or choose the system. I don’t fit in it. The words/categories don’t exist.

There’s a reason why I haven’t written for so long.

Wars, virtual realities, conflicts, insights, all pressing, challenging my body and mind; until my own expression forms into words.

What can possibly justify the violent snatching of a 10 year old child from her mother, her house, her world, her happy childhood? One bright day, just before meeting with friends, while living life to the fullest for 10 years, bringing up a child alone...In the street. No warning, no preparation, no rights!

Guilty. In absentia!

One prosecutor disagrees with another, one judge contradicts the other, as we are tossed between them, with no voice, no power, no justification visible.

An objective justice system?

Laws to keep peace and order?

Educated experts who act on best intentions?

Subtraction of custody! In absentia! It matters!

This matters above and before all else!

If we bypass our humanity, all subsequent discussion is pointless. We will have silently accepted our dehumanization.


“One has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.”
― Martin Luther King Jr.

 “Protest beyond the law is not a departure from democracy; it is absolutely essential to it.”
― Howard Zinn

 “If a plant cannot live according to its nature, it dies; and so a man.”
― Henry David Thoreau, Civil Disobedience and Other Essays

 An unjust law is itself a species of violence. Arrest for its breach is more so.”
― Mahatma Gandhi

 “If we don’t rebel, if we’re not physically in an active rebellion, then it’s spiritual death.”
― Chris Hedges



1 comment:

  1. I think the key word is 'dehumanisation' it's an important key word because that is what is happening to our world. We are slowly stripping away at all that makes us individual and unique and are trying to create a one size fits all conformity, a universal 'human'. To serve who and what agenda and purpose? We have no freedom of expression, religion, opinion, unless it conforms to the standards of the powers that be. But instead of calling it totalitarianism or dictatorship or suppression of human rights, it is dressed with words such as political correctness, fundamentalism, extremism, cult, discrimination, or whatever blanket words we choose to use to name and shame or to turn people's eyes towards our agenda and away from truth. What truth...Even the word terrorism is used to describe in many cases humans fighting for justice in their land or to claim back that which is theirs. It happens all around the world. By dehumanizing we create a people that become more dependent on the 'state', unable to think for themselves, to discern about every day choices regarding education, food and medicine but instead relying on the systems created 'for our good' but the sad truth is they are created for 'their' good.

    ReplyDelete