Monday, May 20, 2013

The wrong question


  During interviews, discussions and such I’m constantly asked one particular brand of questions. It can seemingly cover a number of subjects, but it all pretty much boils down to this:
  - Why are you a radical?
  In which I reply without thinking twice.
  - You ask the wrong question.
  And the questioner in question glare at me, stare baffled at me, even if we don’t necessarily sit face to face, and then, after pausing:
  - What is the right question?
  - The question you should ask yourself is, I say, stressing the point, making it practically impossible to miss, even to the most brainwashed journalist or lackluster observer: - Why you are asking that question.
  They come to me and other truly radical thinkers and observers and actors upon the stage with tons of baggage, a huge set of assumptions taught them by a society long since paralyzed by stale agreement. They are not used to have their perceptions challenged at all, and certainly not in such a fundamental manner.
  The answer to the initial question is usually very easy, like this: «Because it is right and because the world has become the horror it has become».
  But in those settings, the way I see it, it is wrong to answer such questions with the obvious answer, because it is far more important to challenge the preconceptions than to play the distractive game of questions and answers. As long as the world is a tennis court (and you the ball), or a stage (and you the audience) it is crucial to not play tyranny’s game, but turn it back on itself.

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