Friday, July 30, 2004
Sometimes nothing can be a real cool hand
Moreover, the very encouragement to "de-cide" is a power play in and of itself. Through the use of this language we are told that to choose one of our two given options is to live, to avoid death. But when death still follows the choice (even when one has chosen with the winner) dissent is gagged. Those who would choose not to decide are in effect given no oppurtunity to do so. There are those who are holding the cards and those who have been dealt a very bad hand indeed (both foreign and domestic).
St. Paul speaks to this very issue when writing his first letter to the Corinthians:
Fully realizing that we hold nothing, and indeed are nothing we must still speak. Therefore, this blog is but a small attempt to fail to communicate with such discourse. My hope is that it will be a resource and open space for people to learn a new regional dialect. A place where we can dance when they raise the Terror Alert level, where we can give when they encourage investment, where we can weep (like the prophets of the Hebrew Scriptures) when they proclaim victory, where even our death witnesses to their defeat.
Consider your own call, brothers and sisters: not many of you were wise according to the flesh, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But YHWH chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; YHWH chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; YHWH chose what is low and despised [proletariat and base, even] things that are not, to reduce to nothing things that are, so that no one might boast before the face of YHWH.