Posted by Dr. Amrit Chadwallah
The Dumpster has been so quiet recently. I went to find Tutor, fearing the worst, but he seemed remarkably cheerful, sitting on a sack of garbage, and talking to himself, gesticulating as if making a speech:
For years we have talked about Wealth Bondage and the many ways we are subordinated to it. Yet, in the last year or two, one by one we have found ways to get engaged in real world projects for change, hopeless or not. Whether it has to do with giving, or promoting givers, legacy planning, or working with organizers or activists, or going into medicine, or exploring wirearchy, or writing letters to public figures, or messing with technology to support civic spaces, we are reluctantly sometimes and often against our better judgment linking with others whose efforts in aggregate may threaten the world we have and encourage the world we want. The Dumpster began as a hangout for the marginal grumpy gifted. It was a shame and a disgrace, affirmed proudly as primitive Christians wore the cross as a way of embracing their own criminalized status. If the Dumpster is now emptier than it was, it is because the people in it have better things to do than hang out and complain. We are no longer fascinated with the Sideshow run by the media and the think tanks. We are less and less interested in who wins the next election, because we have seen that Candidia wins either way. Attention is an alternative curency and we would rather invest ours elsewhere. Carnival is coming and we are practicing jumping in and out of the Dumpster as Clowns jump in and out of their little car in the Circus. Where we are going our antics will not be considered funny at first, so accustomed are the multitude to another kind of farce, but that is the reason we had better keep it light. Nothing is sadder than a Clown who breaks role under pressure. When the crowd sees the point of the jests, Candidia, our Ringmaster, may run for the exit. That too is part of the show.
Well, "through the glass darkly." Tutor is certainly opaque, isn't he? Still, it will be fun to watch from a safe distance as he collides with the powers that be.