Creating people's geographies
Hope the big-O went well if you participated on this auspicious Winter Solstice date!
Heh … militarism is even reflected in our language — we talk about “earth shattering”– we should start a movement to meme the phrase “earth-unifying” (who said wanting World Peace was just for beauty pageant contestants?).
Good news from the Peace Movement: An Alternet article (one of the few in the alternative press covering this event), has reported that this may become a yearly event until 2012.
Organizers Donna Sheehan and Paul Reffell will be tallying the results of the numbers of visitors to their site Globalorgasm.org. So far:
Since the creation of the site, the city of Madrid, Spain has topped the rest of the world’s cities, with Paris, Los Angeles, Bangkok and Barcelona next in line. In North America, Los Angeles is currently distantly followed by Montréal, Toronto, Houston and San Diego.
Donna and Paul further report that
The contest will be extended through the Christmas weekend, with results to be released on Tuesday the 26th. Just as with the GlobalOrgasm itself, individual action adds up to huge effect. As Howard Zinn said, “…everything we do in the direction of a different world is important – even though they at the moment seem futile, because that’s how change comes about.”
Peace through collective ecstasy (and humour), gotta love it.
And lest anyone think otherwise, this action is a supplement to, not a substitute for, pursuing peace through social justice, compassion and hard work.
The urge to merge is a more powerful (and empowering) instinct than the also powerful urge to surge or purge, and it just so happens that very word is deployed at this very moment: see US commanders in Iraq recommend a ‘surge’ (LA Times). Anyone who dismisses this as frivolous or nihilistic silliness has missed the point and discounts the power of collective consciousness, a magical place where synchronicities and miracles daily occur …
“Just as none of us is outside or beyond geography, none of us is completely free from the struggle over geography. That struggle is complex and interesting because it is not only about soldiers and cannons but also about ideas, about forms, about images and imaginings.”
Edward Said (1994)