“Disobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is humanity’s original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made, through disobedience and through rebellion.”
- Oscar Wilde
‘…Flusser suggests that our times may be characterized by the term “program”, much in the same way that the 17th century is loosely characterized by the term “virtue”, the 18th by “reason” and the 19th by “progress”. In suggesting this shift in worldview he then poses a provocative question: If I function within a predictable programmed reality, can I rebel? And how can I do it? The answer comes swiftly: Only malfunctioning programs and apparatus allow for freedom. Only a malfunctioning functionary can hope for freedom. The essence of freedom is unpredictability. But once co-opted and objectified by apparatus and their programs, all that is left for us is a life of bored contentment within the nauseating paradise of a predictable eternal return of the same.’
Try teaching on a primary school level. I program daily, and I am the malfunctioning functionary, daily. So I tell my grade seven’s to swear and draw zap signs if it makes them feel better. But I still need to tell them about the program…even force the program, in order to teach them.” First learn and then rebel. Rebellion only serves as progress once you have the brains to do it properly”, I tell them. And I never know whether my influence will set them free or trap them, one day….
…But obey awards, competitions and special mentions by the program, the serve the ego well. Yet, when they are absent, the ego suffers. Either rebel or follow. There’s no such thing as a rebel award winner.
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