Just south of Green River, Wyoming
One thing that nearly a year on the road has shown me: There is nowhere.
There is nowhere to go. There is nowhere to outrun patriarchy. There is nowhere to outrun capitalism. Nowhere to feel safe. Nowhere to feel comfortable. It’s gone, along with my blissful ignorance. Anywhere I go will be touched by it, if not in any other way than by my being present there.
Another thing that nearly a year on the road has shown me: It is damn near fucking impossible for a person to understand something when their survival depends on them not understanding it.
This is why reform of capitalism won’t work. This is why people don’t see how bad their relationships are until they leave. This is why you can’t dismantle a system which pays your salary. This is why making a difference “from the inside” is ultimately a bunch of tyrannical horseshit. This is why there can be good in people, but there are no “good” cops or judges or politicians.
Y’all tell yourselves what you need to in order to deal with it, tell yourselves you’re somehow starting a revolution by playing the same fucking game you’ve always played. You and I always will be fooling ourselves to some degree, as long as we’re inside the machine.
As long as I’m using money, as long as I smile and thank that server who is obviously treating me differently because I’m fuckable in their eyes, as long as I’m alive and interacting with this society, so too will I be telling myself that somehow my participation is warranted and benevolent and different than everyone else’s. That for some reason my reluctance, my anger, my squeezing myself dry to avoid as much as I can changes the impact of my acts of compliance.
I shopped at Walmart today because they have the cheapest price on motor oil, which my van burns like a chain smoking gangster.
I put gas in my house twice today, and twice yesterday, blazing across Wyoming to beat a looming snow storm.
I paid my taxes. On time. But only because I fear being hunted.
These are the choices I have made, the things I hold onto in order to survive turncoating on the tech industry, on rape culture, on romance supremacy, to resist couples privilege, being kept.
There is nowhere.
The only way actually out of this mess is to stop going along with things that insult your fucking soul.
All The Things.
And that’s a life’s thankless, lonely fucking work, right there. Chipping away.
A whole life’s work, at least, planting seeds for more life’s works in the future. Slamming your head into the ceiling.
Existing is so fucking expensive
and so, fucking, exhausting.