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Monday, April 12, 2010

As a follow-up...

I just finished Chuck Palahniuk's "Haunted" last week. There was something in one of the later chapters that jumped out at me. It reminded me of what I wrote last week--perhaps it explains a lot about some of the things I've said and written over the past few years:

"...consciousness raising is rooted in complaint. What so many people call a bitch session. In communist China, in the years after Mao's revolution, an important part of building a new culture was allowing people to complain about their past. At first, the more they complained, the worse the past would seem. But by venting, people could start to resolve the past. By bitching and bitching and bitching, they could exhaust the drama of their own horror stories. Grow bored. Only then could they accept a new story for their lives. Move forward."

I want to tell a better story.

4 comments:

Justin G said...

I think there's a lot of truth to that.

Justin G said...

though i don't see what it has to do with salsa....

JD said...

Lol... Perhaps it doesn't pertain to salsa. But it does have everything to do with the post before that.

Kickert said...

I know I sound like a broken record, but this is exactly what Brueggemann means when he talks about the two parts of prophetic imagination. First you must criticize the current system so you can energize a new reality. You have to say "it doesn't have to be like this" so you can say "this is how it could be"

If you haven't read the book yet, you really need to. It is pretty academic, but once you finish it, everything seems to click.