There is the potential movement today for even the brightest types of democracies to normalize into a hybrid totalitarian, democracy-lite, formational violence. Of course, whether these institutions were ever true democracies to begin with should, must be questioned, but that historical mapping is beyond the scope of this present section, though not out of mind. The younger generation presents true potential to revolutionize the very interpretation of a democracy, but we have seen this potential in the younger generation with prior generations and it has not come to pass. It is possible any type of government tied to capitalism necessitates violence and a forced acceptance of inequality. This seems the most likely scenario that will develop in the future. However, of course, that could arguably be changed if different types of people ran for office, were enticed to run to office; a different personality type compelled to run for office would offer a revision of New Deal politics that pundits and commentators may well say is the first step towards a post-capitalist society, if corroborated correctly.
Let us entertain this thought. Let us say that with this younger generation new personalities enter government, those that resemble the difference between value of self and inflated self-importance. Let us say that a full, broad version of the Green New Deal has been enacted, and from a bottom up approach lifts the inclines of society in a thorough and magnifying presence of autonomy and deliverance. Is there still violence?
It is most likely a single, solitary, national revival of self-value would greatly diminish though not extinguish the inducting claims of interpersonal violence. It would be present and real. However, through an obvious, necessary, and easily implemented revolution of the education system, incidences of interpersonal violence would be cut back even further. I do say “easily implemented” because the academic community has the understanding and know-how to implement this today, we only lack political and sociocultural will.
The dominance of an esteemed society would make graceful commingled estates of pastures of grain and deliverance. Taking the path with least resistance, it is through this first a.) political reformation followed by the b.) educational reformation that the path to a post-violence society would most easily be riddled out of confusion, but, alas, there would still be bureaucratic structuralism that would most likely not understand how they were failing a complete elimination.
First must come the elimination of structural violence, then what must follow is the letting go of violence of the self. The educational model would prepare and sustain a path towards this deliverance, but not complete the work. A new pattern of selfhood must be explored expeditiously. An adroit sovereignty of self awaits those to release their importance over the Other in all matters of displaced rhythms of selfhood and false alliances of ego. To become another is to become oneself. It resolves interpersonal violence as well as spiritual malfeasance and the relenting whispers of arcane retributive glances towards denial of form.
Ultimately, and this is the big secret, we are fully capable of doing this today, right now, within the confines of political and structural violence, we can each find within ourselves to be released from violence-customs. However, it is living with each other that becomes the problem. In that we must together treat the doctrines of self-togetherness and absolve the limits that we perceive living with each other brings. Still, make no mistake, we can do it today if so motivated to try, and some must do it to aid in the pathway towards a large-scale deliverance. There must be those who have already succeeded, waiting for the rest to land in the presence of warmth and welcome them with open dexterity of self.
Painting: Bert Hurley’s Loose Nuts: A Rapsody in Brown, 1933