Only By Blood

Only By Blood

Once I heard that politics is war without bloodshed. I don’t think that holds water anymore. Because when the only means you employ to achieve victory is the sword, ideologically or otherwise, then the only thing that will ever maintain your ascendency will be by that same bloody sword. Peace. Peace is an illusion wrought by fear of retribution, retaliation, and repression. Now, none of these statements are original nor novel; nonetheless, they ring true and prescient. They are reflective of current events a time that has jettisoned decency and community for the sovereign self. The reality before us is that we are never as civilized as we believe ourselves to be. Rather, given the opportunity, the oppressed, be it in mind or body, because of reality, or delusion, will often jump at the chance to achieve “justice” by simply displacing their oppressors and celebrating through the newly embraced power to oppress. Because retribution, because slaughter and justice are often muddled, conflated to the point of confusion, violence as protest and oppression and fear as justice. Liberation and equality are not categories of the modern movements of social justice; the only requirement for victory is dominion. There is no shared power to be had anymore. The only beliefs that ring true in their hearts are reflections and variations of their own creeds and confessions. 

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