Rebellious Literature?

Posted by Camille / on 05/13/2011 / 2 Comments

Great minds like Allen Ginsberg and Walt Whitman knew the insanity of having "a whole economy based in some version of money making."  They knew materialism is fake, cruel and probably inhibits our evolution as a species in some way because it limits our minds to such shallow capacities.  The beat poets of the 50s and other great writers throughout  history have been able to identify materialism for what it is and have been brave enough to write about it.  Yet the mainstream media of the time calls this destructive and rebellious.  Here is what Allen Ginsberg said about it in a letter he wrote.

"People keep seeing destruction or rebellion in Jack's writing, and Howl, but that is a very minor element, actually; it only seems to be so to people  who have accepted standard American values as permanent.  What we are saying is that these values are not really standard nor permanent, and we are in a sense I think ahead of the times.... When you have a whole economy involved in some version of money making-this just is no standard of values.  That it seems to offer a temporary security may be enough to keep people slaving for it.  But meanwhile it destroys real value.  And it ultimately breaks down.  Whitman long ago complained that unless the material power of America were leavened by some kind of spiritual infusion we would wind up among the 'fabled damned.'  It seems we're approaching that state as far as I can see.  Only way out is individuals taking responsibility and saying what they actually feel-which is an enormous human achievement in any society.  That's just what we as a 'group' have been trying to do.  To class that as some form of 'rebellion' in the kind of college-bred social worker double talk.... misses the huge awful point."  1957

 

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  • Holland says:

    Love this, Camille! More please :) Great minds really do think alike....I've been reading Michio Kushi's book One Peaceful World (I have basically been toting it around for 2 years now referencing it and using Kushi's incredible wisdom as a general guide) I noticed that a lot of his thinking and ideals are right in line with what TZM and TVP speak of. Thanks for sharing this great bit of information.

    May 15, 2011 at 10:47 PM | Permalink

  • Camille says:

    How funny I was just reading a book 2 nights ago from Michio Kushi called Your Face Never Lies. He is a definite authority on healing and I love his approach... modern yet traditional.
    You have such great taste in reading literature Holland!

    May 16, 2011 at 8:34 AM | Permalink

 

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