According to Mark Fisher, “It is easier to imagine an end to the world than an end to capitalism” because we have a deeply entrenched belief that capitalism is inescapable. Many of us fighting inequality are trying to prevent the worst effects of capitalism instead of ending it, apparently because we don’t think it is really possible. This inability to see and move beyond the global system of exploitation is rather politely described as a ‘reflexive impotence’. Nice. Mark was a white economist from the UK, a bit cheesed off with the local arrogant reflexive impotence of his fellow global north movers and shakers.
But what does this mean for us, who believe it can end…who want it to end, or are dedicated to the fall of the global systems of exploitation, othering and extraction…but are also dependent on this same bloody system for survival?
We have always been a deep thinking, doing and imagining people.
We cannot afford to wait for those with power in the same systems that have historically invalidated our ways of being, to recognise us. Until We Remember is an attempt at elucidating histories that have been denied, raising the knowledge of our organic intellects and expanding the expression of our collective imagination on a landing site that is not owned by a multinational tech company. To collectively see beyond capitalism, we need to be given the opportunity to trust our intuition, feed our spirits and hear ourselves think.
In an era of competing world influencers who fight with ideas, we are not just passive consumers of the stories they are told. We are a vibrant,complex thinking and feeling people, who are already mutually imagining the world as it is. Our communities are consistently told who we are and what is possible. The myth that attempts to suppress our individual and collective ability to imagine a kind and equitable world is crumbling and it is our duty to grab our freedom and express, trust and encourage our inherent wisdom and agency.
Until we remember is inspired by a deep belief in the hearts and minds of everyday people. As children, we are taught that our potential is endless, until the ‘real world’ teaches you otherwise. This real world is an imagined world made tangible. We need the safety to trust that this potential is not lost or only accessible to those with privilege. It requires an acknowledgment of our trauma while moving towards a healing centered approach so that innovation can be raised from the ground up.
During the crumbling of late capitalism, we need to strengthen our spirits, to act with courage, to deepen our capacity to discern and decide the narratives that are true to us. We can be led by community approaches to our collective difficulties and make/believe our own ideas of an improved world.
Until We Remember is an ever – growing collection of spatially connected stories. Stories are plotted on the map to explore how our narratives, cultures, ideas and experiences connect to the land. This site was birthed from conversations and discussions about the current structural, social, and psychological injustices around racial equity, colonization,class, and gender on the Coloured Mentality social media platforms. (https://www.facebook.com/colouredmentality, @colouredmentality) This site centers the experiences of black and coloured people and locates our lived experiences on a map. While made in South Africa we look forward to growing Until We Remember to include more contributions from the Global South in particular.