When you feel lazy or useless, get outside take a walk, bike ride, run, stroll, anything to get you to realize there are millions of things that one could be happy about, such as,YOU are healthy enough to get up and go, YOU are wise enough to know what is good for you, and YOU are determined enough to feel better. These all start with YOU, so get up, get out, be determined, and have an adventure.
My gift to you will be an abyss, she said,
but it will be so subtle you’ll perceive it
only after many years have passed
and you are far from Mexico and me.
You’ll find it when you need it most,
and that won’t be
the happy ending,
but it will be an instant of emptiness and joy.
And maybe then you’ll remember me,
if only just a little.
Roberto Bolaño, “My Gift to You,” from a portfolio of five poems in The Paris Review no. 201 (Summer 2012), translated from Spanish by Laura Healy
Resistance is a key part of how hegemony works. Wardens sometimes allow the prison riots to go on before they shut them down. When prisoners riot for better food, sometimes they get better food. But then what happens? They go back to their cell. They get better food within the systematic oppression of the PIC. The system remains. Hegemonic systems allow moments of resistance to happen to allow for the facade of change while the infrastructure stays the same. By relieving small moments of pressure, moments of resistance uphold systematic oppression.
Dr. Archana Pathak lecturing on Gramsci in Summer GSWS 201