Avalanche (English) Issue 10 March 2017

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Editorial

M arch 2017
Time seems a self-evident measure of life, to the point of being assigned to the natural order of things. And with algorithms becoming more infused in daily life, its significance as a factor of being tends to increase. But time imposes itself on us as an uncompromising, exter­nal force, demonstrating an indifference to individual paths. The irrefutable fact of passing time belies hide­ outs or erratic behavior. Life measured by time needs to be productive, to show results.
As time becomes the guidelines of life, what exists be­ tween these lines are only circumstances. And for circumstances you find adequate responses while moving on to another particular situation. Thus life can consist of only vague intentions mingled with chance. The only logic that binds the different chapters of the biography of such a life together, is the one of time. The plot is the strategies applied for the achievements we have suc­ceeded in.
Still for many such a life seems aimless. So we can pro­ duce a meaning that tells us who we are, and who we have been. And who you will be. A grand narrative that moulds an existence that is more limited (since it also tells who you cannot be and who cannot relate to you) but more comprehensible. The question of identity be­ comes a deus ex machina, the key to all answers.
But what if being productive is not a satisfying aim, and to belong to one or an other seems aleatory. Instead of a logic aimed at results, we propose a method of life. One that entails developing autonomous practices and anti-authoritarian relations. A life that gets it oxygen from these liberating experiences. This is certainly not
a stylistic choice, as some might reproach, not one of the lifestyle options inside this society. But a disruptive ethical position that creates it own conflicts with author­ itarian logic.
When our intentions are resolute, the logic is not exter­nal but our own, we can instead of responding to circum­ stances, create the situation we are moving in. Through anarchist projects aimed at opening spaces for encoun­ters while sabotaging the tools of domination, and thus subverting the logic of authority. These projects are occasions, experiments where ideas and actions inter­ twine becoming expressions of a perspective that goes beyond the particular.
If the monologue is the tool for those who want to pro­duce a hegemonic narrative and the debilitating repe­ tition of cliches of common sense for those who obey to the dominant logic, dialogues are an integral part of the effort to create new paths. An approach that starts from an honest reflection of one’s own trajectory and that doesn’t seek to efface differences. A dialogue is in opposition to the rhetorical tricks used in too much dis­cussions, that are employed to align others behind one discourse.
We have to create more moments of dialogue. This pub­ lication can be one, although with its own limitations . But dialogues between individuals, through experienc­es, are a necessity.
Moving between the periphery and center
along the banks of the two rivers
until the coasts of the Atlantic
correspondance@riseup. net
avalanche.noblogs. org

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