Thursday, June 14, 2012

shorts [vi]: che guevara + UP

no, he was not and has never been the vocalist of rage against the machine. go, google Ernesto 'Che' Guevara. you can do it. i, he, we celebrate his birthday today. and to do so, i share, not just googled pictures, but also thoughts on his being a student of medicine and his revolutionary track and so on. below the cut, and camila's image, is an excerpt from my unpublished article unearthed in my gmail account. it was written months ago, and, maybe, someday, somehow, if the article is decent enough, i can put it somewhere, somehow, in another zine, maybe, in the, i dont know, manner of pseudocuments:

and, here, hope you learn something from it as the sem starts:

The medical doctor, Guevara* said, “must go to the core of his new work, which is the man within the mass, the man within the collectivity.” Prioritizing personal interests first, before those of the people is manifested in the academe, by distinguishing the terms “scholars of” and “scholars for” the people. The former, used by militant activists, implies being one with the people and learning from them, while the latter seemingly separates the scholar from the people, thus putting premium on formal, theoretical work within the academe and making integration with the people secondary.

In line with this and in responding to the underserved’s needs, Guevara asserted that we have to practice solidarity instead of charity, where the former is only possible by being “of the people,” the latter by being merely “for the people,” as if a messiah. Thus he said, “We should not go to the people and say, ‘Here we are. We come to give you the charity of our presence, to teach you our science, to show you your errors,  your lack of culture, your ignorance of elementary things.’ We should go instead with an inquiring mind and a  humble spirit to learn at that great source of wisdom that is the people.” Individualist aspirations, such as that of the scholars for the people, when magnified and placed in a larger scale, ends up advocating the profit motive, instead of the populace’s objective interests.


addendum, care of carlo:
"Orchid" by Tom Morello![link!]
*"On Revolutionary Medicine"

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