Leading up to One Billion Rising: Rise For Revolution 2016, Eve has just released her latest piece. Activists around the world will read it at One Billion Rising events and V-Day benefit performances.
RISE | DANCE | DISRUPT!
I think we must live now on the edge of incomprehensible madness, refusing to give up and refusing to pretend. Dancing on the precipice of annihilation while passionately encouraging and welcoming the new paradigm. This is most difficult in a world, in a system that has thoroughly indoctrinated us in a refusal to think, in the sound bite, in yes and nos, likes and unlikes, with us or against us pathology, in idiotic, consumable brandable, reductionist absolutes. To be an enthusiastic absurdist requires embracing ambiguity, insecurity, and it means looking at the predicament we are in head on. It means leaping and assuming you will fall, dancing in the chaotic impossible passionate possible.
So we must learn the art and practice of disruption. We must release the tentacles of our false securities and interrupt the world as we know it. We must assume that anywhere we live or anything we are doing can change or disintegrate on a dime and we must practice changing and letting it go. Living as if there is no future but the one we are creating. Nothing guaranteed but our willingness to live as pioneers of a new consciousness and way. And we must become disrupters. That is the power of creative resistance. Interrupting business as usual, taking stands that forfeit our acceptance or economic elevation, risking disapproval and controversy, participating in actions that loosen our grip on the suicidal givens and push the tyrants to fall. Disrupters, fighting and dancing with all our might for life over comfort.
– Eve Ensler