Dedication to all serious minded activists

In Wit on 10/12/2011 at 5:43 pm

As 10th December is Human Rights Day, I dedicate this DH Lawrence poem to all the serious-minded activists in the SDP (except Danny), human rights movement (GLBT, no-hanging, abolish ISD, no tortue, etc etc), wimmin causes, animal rights movement, TOC, the boys at New Nation (the funny thing is that they think they are entertaining: they try too hard to be entertaining), Donaldson Tan and his friends at New Asia Republic, WP, NSP, SPP, RP, SDA and the PAP. And don’t ever do what the S’pore SlutWalkers did. They tried to be provocative but howled like wild animals when they were mirepresented or mocked. And the SlutWalkers (S’pore Chapter) event turned out to be beyond parody. See this and this. The US and other SliutWalkers should disown the S’porean SlutWalkers, juz like the international socialists once disowned the PAP.

Chill out and make yr messages entertaining. An American civil rights activist who went on to make a fortune in the media said something to the effect, “Entertain the people first, then make them think”. (I can’t remember the chap’s name).

A Sane Revolution

If you make a revolution, make it for fun,

don’t make it in ghastly seriousness,

don’t do it in deadly earnest,

do it for fun.

Don’t do it because you hate people,

do it just to spit in their eye.

Don’t do it for the money,

do it and be damned to the money.

Don’t do it for equality,

do it because we’ve got too much equality

and it would be fun to upset the apple-cart

and see which way the apples would go a-rolling.

Don’t do it for the working classes.

Do it so that we can all of us be little aristocracies on our own

and kick our heels like jolly escaped asses.

Don’t do it, anyhow, for international Labour.

Labour is the one thing a man has had too much of.

Let’s abolish labour, let’s have done with labouring!

Work can be fun, and men can enjoy it; then it’s not labour.

Let’s have it so! Let’s make a revolution for fun!

(Tip of the hat to Jim Henley.)


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