ONWARD! By Kenneth Lee Averiett

ONWARD!

 There is a difference between life & survival.

How many hours do you spend watching tv? In front of a computer screen? IS SPECTATING AS EXCITING AS DOING THINGS? How much living do you do in your life? How many mornings do you wake up, feeling alive, thrilled & anticipating the new days experiences? How many nights do you rest, feeling content, & fulfilled?

Most of us feel as though our lives are decided for us, without us. As if living is just this thing that happens to us instead of a celebrated, creative enterprise. That’s not living. That’s just surviving. We spend most of our time in front of tv sets, computer screens, inside shopping malls, clocking away our lives in office cubicles. Of course narrow-minded executives, petty politicians, & suburban housewives are terrified of change. They can’t harbor the thought that anything is more precious than physical safety. Their hearts may be beating, but they no longer believe in their dreams.

THIS IS HOW REVOLUTION BEGINS: A few of us start chasing our dreams, shucking our old patterns, embracing what we love, (while bringing to light what we hate) daydreaming, questioning, acting outside the confines of routine & regularity. Daring to be more creative, more adventurous, more generous, more ambitious, influencing those who are held paralyzed by the social confines of the status quo, & fall in love with life. 

Falling in love is the ultimate transformation, upheaval, & revolution needed to combat todays overly repetitive, socially restrictive, culturally constrictive, humanly meaningless world.

Love alters the world, transforms it. Where boredom was felt, there is now passion. Where she was once complacent, the lover is now compelled to defining, self-asserting action. The world becomes filled with meaning, risks & rewards, intrigue & danger. Life for the lover is a gift, every moment is memorable. Suddenly, her existence has been given substance, her substance adds weight to her reality, which becomes valuable, glorious, even noble. Burning desire will cure the worst cases of despair & resigned obedience.

Love allows us to connect to each other in meaningful ways. It compels us to leave our skin, & be more spontaneous & honest, & discover each other in more profound ways. It pulls the lover out of the monotonous routines of life &  her from other people.

Love is subversive in this way because it poses a threat to the traditional structure of our modern lives. The overrated rituals of the workday tedium & socialized etiquette no longer have any meaning to a man who has fallen in love, for there are more important motivations driving him than deference to some doctrine or tradition. When man & woman are given wisdom & valor by true passion, they no longer will be held back by customs or established order.

The lover speaks a different moral & emotional language than the typical bourgeois man, for the bourgeois have no overwhelming desires. All he knows is the familiar despair that comes with chasing the goals that are set for him by his family, his educators, his employers, his nation, & his culture, without ever being able to develop a passion that guides him to choose what is right & wrong for himself.  Thereupon he is forced to adopt some dogma or doctrine to direct him through life. One who follows her passions will find beauty & love in the world because her passions paint the world in these colors. No instructions will guide her through this world.

This will absolutely pose a threat to society. What if everyone feared loveless, lifeless monotony more than they feared hunger, cold, or danger? What if everyone craved the pursuit of their wildest goal, & dreams more than safety? Think of how different the world would be then! It is quite the truism that the rapidly splintering “mainstream”, the keepers & victims of the status quo, FEAR CHANGE.

So, despite the media synchronized images that sell us on the idea of romance, genuine, passionate love is discouraged. Getting “carried away with your emotions ” is frowned upon. Instead we are taught to always be on guard, lest our hearts lead us astray. Rather than being encouraged to have the tenacity to face the consequences of the risks taken in pursuit of our hearts desires, we are chastised. We are counseled not to take risks at all. To be “responsible”, thus love itself is regulated. Men must not fall in love with other men, nor women with other women, nor individuals from separate ethnic backgrounds, or else the bigots who form the frontline offensive in assault of our modern lives will step in.

Love, as most of us know it today, is a carefully prescribed, pre-ordained ritual, something carried out on Friday nights in expensive movie theaters & restauraunts, & lines the pockets of shareholders in the entertainment business without preventing workers from showing up to the office on time ready to re route phone calls all day. This regulated, “commercial” love is nothing like the passionate, burning love that consumes the genuine. Restrictions, regulations, & expectations smother true love, for true passion can never grow when confined.

We must fight against these cultural restrictions that smother our desires. Love gives meaning to life, it make it possible for us to make sense of our lives, to derive meaning from our existence, & find purpose. Without this, we fall subject to some authority, to some god or doctrine to guide us without ever giving us the self-satisfaction that determination does.

I want to encourage you all to love recklessly, fearlessly, & most of all, passionately, & you will be surprised how much you will learn about yourself, & move onward.

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