russell higgs

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NEW PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

I have genuinely never ever understood patriotism. I have never understood why anybody would assume (or want to assume) that the country they were born in (or that they live in) is superior to any other country. Equally I have never understood why anybody would automatically support a team from the country they were born in or live in.

If I were ever asked to commit to any kind of pledge of allegiance, I could only ever make a sincere pledge to the planet as a whole.....

"I pledge allegiance to the earth and to the flora, fauna, human and posthuman life that it supports. One planet, indivisible, with safe air, water & soil, economic justice, equal rights and peace for all." etc

tuesday 07112006



NEW PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

I have genuinely never ever understood patriotism. I have never understood why anybody would assume (or want to assume) that the country they were born in (or that they live in) is superior to any other country. Equally I have never understood why anybody would automatically support a team from the country they were born in or live in.

If I were ever asked to commit to any kind of pledge of allegiance, I could only ever make a sincere pledge to the planet as a whole.....

"I pledge allegiance to the earth and to the flora, fauna, human and posthuman life that it supports. One planet, indivisible, with safe air, water & soil, economic justice, equal rights and peace for all." etc

comments (7)

  • Shanti
  • Switzerland
  • 7 Nov 2006, 14:04
i absolutely agree, russell. unquestioned allegiance is one of those often unconscious but definitely conditioned states i still work to eliminate from my way of being, ever since first recognising it after i left america. the team support thing also feels uncomfortable, as does any form of "us" and "them". it certainly is popular, though, and vehemently defended...

thanks for posting this.
  • Shanti
  • Switzerland
  • 7 Nov 2006, 14:09
private message to you, russell... you don't look so well today. i hope you're taking care.
  • Mal
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 7 Nov 2006, 19:15
I think that patriotism is a fear of the unknown or the inability to understand and accept difference and is often driven by so called leaders of a community or country, in an effort to control. I think that many humans (not all) feel the need to belong to something and in order to belong to something they must exclude elements that they do not understand and therefore, out of ignorance, perhaps patriotism is born.

I salute your allegiance Russell.

Do you remember the old sci-fi series space 1999 Russell? You remind me very much of some interplanitary leader from the planet Zark, in a very 70's fashion. I particularly like the reflected window scene in the purple disk.
I think patriotism is just tribalism on a completely different level. The need to belong to something, to create a sense of safety by way of a collective, has always been around, even before man came on the scene. Animals also fear isolation, it often comes hand-in-hand with a quick demise. To stand alone, singled out as "not belonging" or different is abnormal, to be feared, to be ridiculed and eventually erased from the collective memory (by whatever means). Patriotism is an easy way of hoisting our colours without ever really caring. To be a humanist is of course an idealistic thing to which many aspire, but rarely do anything about achieving. I applaud your declaration Russell, I have no cause to doubt your committment to the cause.
  • nev
  • Australia
  • 8 Nov 2006, 16:04
Russell i find it increasingly harder to just drop by your site and leave quick comments as your posts really strike a chord with me. the governments of the world with not subscribe to your allegiance as it doesn't involve oil, gas, share price, power profit and greed over humanity and respect. Our conservative federal gov in aust has little regard for humanity unless it involves trade deals, or oil'gas opportunities etc. they refuse to commit to kyoto protocols even though we are in the worse drought in probably 1000 years. They have locked up asylumseekers in foreign countries or kept them detained in desert detention centres/prisons. they have deported australian citizens as they thought they were foreigners trying to illegally enter australia. They have committed to wars that clearly were not supported by the public. They nurture media that will present their views instead of a balanced view. The U2 concert i went to they had similar pledge articles they displayed in their visuals. Keep up the good work russell. And i hope your work can influence the many visitors that you get.
I so agree with you, Australia. I keep chekcing in with you, Russell. I've made visiting your website part of my regular, and often daily, practice. Thank you for putting out new work no matter what.
Hi, I'm new to this shutterchance thing, and found you at random. What a stunning collection!! And can I ask you to consider adding to your new pledge of allegiance that it should be illegal to be a member of any political party- maybe if we had some politicians willing to stand up for their OWN beliefs, parliament just might be worth a damn. Keep it up, man- this is great.

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