Now this is a puzzler. Been reading about the woman in Colorado, Lisa Jenson?
Right, her homeowners association is going to fine her $25 a day until the wreath is taken down because a few religiously insane neighbors consider the peace symbol a protest or sign of Satan. Like there’s something wrong with that.
Progressive Online files this under Dumb Americans, but I don’t think they’re dumb. Whatever its origins modern Amerians know exactly what the symbol represents. One look and the words “peace sign” come to mind, if it has a label that would be it.
No, file this under Fucking up your life. It’s simple warmongering, doing what warmongers do. These are people who need to fight. Who seek to be offended, by seeing problems where others don’t because they simply don’t know how not to fight.
Who reacts to a peace symbol with aggression? A peace symbol represents the absense of aggression.
No matter, aggression is what aggressors want. To them, a peace sign is a declaration of war.
This aint about Iraq, or even religious fundamentalists, it’s broader than that. We know that symbol. It reflects a sense of life, a way of being in the world:
Lisa Jensen said she wasn’t thinking of the war when she hung the wreath. She said, “Peace is way bigger than not being at war. This is a spiritual thing.”
That’s a woman who cherishes peace; the absense of conflict, including inner conflict.
Her beatitude is what’s under attack here. It’s enviable, beatitude. If you envy something seen in someone else you might try to develop that quality too, or you might try to destroy it instead. Then no one has it.
What we have here are embattled shitstirrers conflicted by their own unhealthy craving for hostility. The wreath reminds them of their inner conflict, their hypocrisy in following the teachings of their Lord Jesus, “Blessed are the Peacemakers…”
The wreath could be used as an opportunity for more of that soul-straightening self-development, but hostility is the more comfortable default mode, to which they return again and again, what they project into their environment, and so see nothing destructive in declaring war on a neighbor, a person they have regular dealings with. Most of us want our regular dealings to be cordial and free from animosity so we behave accordingly.
These fucks prefer yanking their fellow homeowners into a time-stealing and onerous policy review process, there’s the Christmas spirit for you.
The homeowners will schedule time and preparation to gather round the rule-worshippers for the tedious command performance of grievance and defense, followed by negotiations, new rules, re-written and painstakingly elucidated, the more taxing the better, the more excruciating the process the more gratifying for the warmongers. They live to destabilize, because they are unstable.
Shame on them for bringing grief to their neighborhood, and heapings of shame for fueling a climate of anxious surveillence concerning self-expression. Be it resolved, from this day forward, we’re watching every move you make.
Mindfucks. Associated Press:
Bob Kearns, president of the Homeowner’s Association ordered the Archictural Control Committee to require Jensen to remove the wreath, but members refused after concluding that it was merely a seasonal symbol that didn’t say anything. Kearns fired all five committee members.
Whatever comes of it there will be no truce, no resolution, no genial compromise, because they’re not finished. There are pauses, in which they feel dead, then the freefloating hostility builds and some random stimuli rankles by daring to suggest a comparative point of view, and it’s once more into the breech, violating boundaries, autonomy, self-sovereignty, whether on the ground or in the psyche, it’s all war all the time.
Today’s uproar on the symbol of peace tells me nothing new about the shitstirrers, but it does suggest tranquility is something to be cultivated and guarded despite their continuous assault on secular representations of mental well-being.