Alex Olivera
Alex Olivera

The power of commitment

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As I watch in horror the results of the Impeachment trial and realizing this “closure” will bring no closure at all to one of the most infamous periods of our moral lives, I say to myself: “We built this together”. Some of us in our intellectual bubble, some others in our artistic one, others simply into the routine bubble: automatons, iPhone dependent, über consuming, addicts society. This is a CALL made for ALL of US. The house has been burning… where were we? Now we see emergents. Suddenly reality hits us: the reality of “new “reality””is not anymore a cyst somewhere. But an ever-wrapping psychoticism, supported by hundreds of thousands of dollars, that are willing to adhere to whatever, who whichever, as long as the money flows: pockets of opportunity. Where were we?

The question I am rising here talks about responsibility: at a point, of we do not get involved, someone else will. This is not a comforting outcome when it is clear, for a long time now, how this human world seems to work.

There is someone to blame but let’s not be short-sighted. We truly need to dig under the “cherry of the cake”, in sociological terms, in historical terms, in us, as individuals, because THIS is our society. We built it, by doing and also by not doing. So beyond blaming we need to take responsibility. Check our commitment to “Tikkun Olam”, right? How much of a better world we want to leave behind us, or rather in front of us. We cannot alienate this “phenomena” from context. A broad context. This is what has been emphasized by the prosecution in the Impeachment trial, rightfully so: context.

And then, in this internal dialogue with myself, where there is never just one voice, I come to understand the Revolution of 1917, as the outcome of total submission and usage of the people that were actually owned by the Zar. One extreme that calls for the other extreme. Remember: when in a battle you position yourself, you escalate. Look at the ongoing situation in the Middle East.

So am I saying that the advent of fascism in Europe was self-created? Here is when we get into wavy waters. Here is where we need to truly understand not only the position of the victim but also an incapacity to read the reality, once again; the context. It is true that when we look back we are already seeing the bus from under the tires: alevai alevai alevai alevai, right?

I know that when I urge ourselves to take responsibility when I urge us to commit ourselves, not to our group but as social creatures leaving in a world, that it is indeed our back yard, it seems hard, -not to say “impossible-. But there has to be a way today, by which we can evaluate “risk”. Just as the EU determines environmental regulations based on possible risk factors — quite opposite to the USA, that deals with post-factum (meaning that until something catastrophic happens, it’s OK, we register the deadly chemical as “permitted”). The question, the very burning question is: If we are not capable of doing it so, of evaluating the behavioral emergents in our society, should not some institution do it? What are sociologists for? Should not we be a bit more vigilant, not breaking into people’s email but monitoring towns? Does this sound too Soviet? Well, not everything about the Soviets was terrible. We need to learn even from those we disagree with. Otherwise, we can fall into logical fallacies in our reasoning.

Keep questioning, keep interested, keep powerful.

About the Author
Alex is a Clinical Psychologist, a peace worker, a writer, a music composer and artist. She has lived in New York, England, Argentina, Italy, Amsterdam and the Middle East.
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