“So that the desire to be outside does not became resigned mutilation, but arms itself against every form of authority and exploitation.
So that one passes from the Power of dialogue (with which one thinks everything can be resolved) and from the dialogue of Power (that invites everyone to reasonable negotiation) to a feeling of radical hostility toward the existent, to the destruction of every structure that alienates, exploits, programs and regiments the lives of individuals. The black of the dog (this animal which is general associated with the idea of submission, of servile meekness) is precisely the desire to come out from the herd of voluntary servitude and open to the joy of rebellion. Not the black in which all cows are equal (even if it is in their being against or outside), but rather that in which the boundaries between destruction and creation, between extreme defense of oneself and the construction of relationships of mutuality with others, disappear.”
Today, in this period of health emergency, it is particularly important to share and reflect on questions of disease and safety of life. That is why we are presenting anew some articles from Canenero, that were written between1994 and 1995, which can help us to have a clearer view of the situation, as they are outside the media stream of news we are immersed in.
This pandemic caught everybody unprepared: from the individual who had never asked themselves too many questions about this society to the one who had always found it absurd to accept spending their whole lives breathing particulates of dust and then ending up with a tumour. But even in so-called radical milieus the critique of health safety has failed. What we are hearing and reading from the media and newspapers is a constant bombardment of news of the dead and the sick due to the Coronavirus.
So how is illness understood and what is the reason for being terrified of it and of death? In this society medicine has succeeded in creating a common view – or cliché – according to which health must necessarily be medicalised, any disease or symptom has to be cured immediately, often without even questioning what caused it. Faced with the risk of falling ill, most people rely blindly on doctors and experts, resigning themselves to the expropriation of their lives in exchange for a maimed but guaranteed existence.
In fact, beneath this blanket of collective fear that the state and the media have created, particularly as regards the spreading of the virus, people trust the opinion of experts without wondering whether safe distancing, face masks and forced house arrest can really be the solution to this pandemic.
The idea of survival at all costs, the idea of a life to be lived (endured) as long as possible even without enjoying it intensely, even if some of us might not ideally agree, nevertheless leads us to put our bodies into the hands of those who see them only as machines functional to the state’s will to continue to perpetrate its power.
For example, from various texts emerges the critique of technique and the fear of nothingness and the unknown because the entire history of the civilization of technique can be seen as the battle against the terror of nothingness. Because, while survival is a duty for society, there are those who believe that their lives belong exclusively to themselves.
Some, faced with the awareness of not wanting to continue to exist any longer, decide to take their own life without asking anyone for permission; faced with the unshakeable hope of recovering from a tumour, they decide to leave medicine and escape the fear of death by going towards it. And other suggestions to try, yet again, to give rebellion the wild joy and impulse of a destruction so much desired by those who feel strangers in an enemy territory. And this territory is the whole world.
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