facebook thread: is the term “destruction” when calling upon the necessity to “destroy capitalism” antithetical to buddhism?

i can see why the word “destruction” can connotate something negative because particularly in the west, the duality of “bad” and “good” exists so heavily. to me, though, destruction, as well as, creation is just change. when change happens in our lives, personally, interpersonally, collectively, systemically, we have the ability to see and feel both loss and gain, both destruction and creation. and i think to see and feel both is to notice the reality of what is, that life encompasses both and all. i think when capitalism is destroyed, when our hystory moves from this economic system to another, as it has done in the past, we will in its place have to create another way of relating to each other. i see capitalism as a hystorical necessity but not as a necessity of happiness- it is not built that way. and its my hope that our way of relating will be something more whole, empowered and supportive than capitalism has served for us because really, in all this “good” we see in capitalism, we need to ask ourselves, what are we really seeing? who is it really good for? who is really benefitting? and what has benefitting actually been defined as? do we want to benefit on the backs of poor, brown and marginalized? if so, i will be one of those that capitalism exploits and thrives off of and so will my communities. and i’m not ok with that. i’m not ok that behind the glittered veil of commodities, of more of everything, of the delusion of more, we have an assembly line of suffering- of our bodies and of our land. i fully support and will continuously engage in destroying capitalism, as will i fully support and will continuously engage in the creation of something else, a something else that centers itself on our connection rather than our alienation. to me destruction can be a beautiful thing.

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the last love note of and for my beloved.

i love you.

you have grown in ways unimaginable. you have supported yourself throughout and thoroughly. you have loved yourself the best way you could and the best way you ever have. you looked in only to have light brighten your times of dimness, of confusion, of trauma released.

you are strong and

so so beautiful.

i thank you openly and lovingly for lifting up into everything you could be and grounding into who you already are.

[a letter written on the last page of where i find refuge.]

creative observation # 13

i fell asleep to your words

as though reading them

was not enough.

they traveled in,

into where dreams are formed and

soul penetrated.

 

you provoke that which has not stirred,

inspiring each rhythm of breath and

thought until only what is lived is

what is felt.

and i feel you deeply.

in our quest to merge our spiritual with our political, we must let reality, as it continues to change, permeate how we see ourselves in the world. it is important to remain dialectical, to collide the past with our present in order to form the questions that will inspire creation, that will inspire us to look at what is without dogma, attachment or romanticism.

questions in preparation for the first radical poc fuckin’ sangha (meditation in community) at the makerspace-LOL:

  • what does individual liberation look like without collective liberation? how does privilege play into that?
  • what about nonviolence vs. armed resistance? what about the violence enacted on us everyday by capitalism, by colonialism?
  • and how about stealing? what is theft really when land, resources and community have been and are perpetually stolen from us?