Assumption Too Far
Rhapsody on a Theme of Joel Leon.
First, read this excellent essay, "The 'More-ness' of Privilege," by Joel Leon. (here)
Assumption is more than presumption. It also means "take." Apply that definition and you have a whole different view of the world, its history, its economics and its culture.
"Civilized" people prefer to define assumption as mere presumption, as if the massive crimes it engenders are only misunderstandings instead of intentional grabs. Presumption can be excused as the sleight of words operating independently of hands. Oh, well. Ha, ha. You misunderstood. Truth can be ugly and when it takes the form of puss splattered on our faces when the lie of presumption is popped, we know. We know it, too, when presumption dissolves into intent, true intent, not flowery words obscuring the hard edge of take.
But there is presumption behind assumption. To reach assumption, you must presume. To presume, you have to be so full of yourself that you believe the lies that puff your ego into action. The same presumption that inflates some, crowds out others, making way for class distinctions and a path to dominance, to assumption, to taking. In days of yore, yore being a millisecond past, this strategy entrenched structure and hierarchy that elevated and blocked according to the deceit of fumes inhaled from the rotting damned, a stench made sweeter in whatever heaven may exist by the anticipation that those presumptuous enough to assume will eventually burn hotter on the spit of final truth.
In the meantime, we endure assumption, taking. Assumption is greed gone gargantuan. But make no mistake, it is not merely the acquisition of goods and services, of money and bodies, but also of minds and souls. Assumption is not content to posses, it seeks to command, as well. Therein is its fatal flaw and the key to relief. Because, while objects can be piled high and actions of limb and torso can be performed to accommodate a monster's pleasure, the human mind rebels at assault upon its dignity and the soul insists upon its sanctity. Command exceeds control by a step too far.
For millennia the various dominant societies exercised control on a merely hideous basis. Then, Europe discovered America and found a place to practice utter outrage well enough out of sight to extend the logical consequences of its depravity without disturbing its pretense. Then, newly minted Americans dispensed both with pretense and Europeans, embracing raw criminality to horde the whole of its bloody treasure.
But lately, Americans have been nice people, exemplary even. Right? After all, they've long since put aside that historical wrong wherein they were the actual link between hideous control and utter outrage. Right? Surely it's not fair to say to the descendants of those newly minted Americans of the oh-so distant past that their forebears' link was, by its truest name, racism. Right? It's cruel to say that they constituted the very outrage that was control stepped into the mire of assumption. Right?
Pause for a story:
Elitists always stand out. The humility that smooths the edges of humanity is missing in them, raising the distinct outlines of well-chiseled presumptuousness. You can spot them anywhere even without the telltale signs of economic dominance and the glow of white privilege. I saw this at a glance one day in a father and his very young son. What riveted my attention was the authoritative voice and demeanor of the boy. He was being raised to command in modern America.
Where did that come from? The past--the past that never went away and that is becoming again the future. It is assumption. It is taking, forced by elites upon the rest. In that, there is nothing new. But when assumption acquires racial imperative, as inclined by many of even the lowest whites, it seeks to command, to enter minds and hearts and souls and make demands upon them. That this should be commonplace in America today horrifies the future.
Right? Assume--no--see it so.
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