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What is Strictly Revolutionary?

 Strictly Revolutionary: this is my strategy at living a decent life to counteract all the tyrannical injustices that I have learned about in my studies. To me, strictly revolutionary is a state of mind, a way of life and a constant challenge to attempt. The term originally occurred to me around 2006 when first attending Humboldt State University for political science and a heaping dose of activism. When it comes to DJ names, it certainly works pertaining to RPMs, revolutions per minute. In terms of turning the tables, another type of revolution. The world turns, and so on. A revolution can be possible in a variety of ways and strategies. That is why I seek to do so in every medium available to me: stand-up comedy, skits, freestyle, poetry, hip-hop, podcasting, documentary making, radio, TV and visually. Hope my efforts are of worth.

As the phrase goes, "be the change you want to see in the world." There are a multitude of relevant philosophical adages. Some are biblical as in Luke 6:13, "Do to others as you would have them do to you." If only more people could represent this, we would all be significantly happier. I certainly do not find these sayings logically translate to oppression, brutality, genocide and hatred. Somebody might not be empathetic to "towel heads" and extrapolate that they want to get blown to bits by drones of cowardice. When realizing the interconnected fabric of our world and how our actions resonate then we are all in the same boat, on a lot of common ground. I want to make clear that conflict and confrontation are not inconsistent with this line of thought. If I am doing something seen as ridiculous then let me know, whether it is something conflicting with my objectives or having my fly down. I try to think about every action I take, and by doing so cannot as readily contribute to something I see as wrong and dishonorable. 

Once your perpetual analysis is fully integrated, then a new way of life can emerge. When I got my community college degree in 2006, a new world opened up to me after studying political science. Instead of buying the prescribed history book I used Howard Zinn's "A Peoples History of the United States" and passed the two part class. I no longer wanted to 'brand' myself like some cattle to be an advertising consumer of sweatshop garments from Perry Ellis, Guess, Nautica or Ecko. My first revolutionary clothing was the classic iconic Che Guevara t-shirt. I learned more about the chemicals, sweatshops and cotton subsidies. As a result I started seeking organic, fair trade and alternative fabric like hemp, bamboo and flax. Similar issues arose in every facet of existence, focusing on local, organic, wholesome foods, rather than distantly processed chemical garbage. Part of the Strictly Revolutionary idea is focusing on a diet of all aspects of life: material, visual, audible, mental and so forth. That is why I think all aspects of our lives should be rooted and self-reliant locally in respect to politics, governance and products.

Living Strictly Revolutionarily is not easy. But as with muscle tissue, it must be exercised to make it strong. No pain, no gain. If we become atrophied mentally and otherwise and comfortable with our heads in the sand, then it is easy to be oblivious to threats. Einstein once reportedly said, "Imagination is more valuable than knowledge." No matter how much one knows, all it does is extend the circumference of uncertainty. If we cannot imagine anything other than what is generally accepted, then lies and half-truths may become generally accepted as reality. Perhaps this is an aspect of flexibility that is needed perceptually to think outside the box. By staying aware and imaginative, shortcomings and improvements become apparent. For instance, my unusual revelations when trying to eat vegan and discovering my organic agave nectar is flavored with beaver glands. Gotta roll with the punches, however infuriating.

I don't think that I am perfect, that is a lofty and unrealistic goal. Perhaps this is consistent with beliefs that people are supposedly born with sin. I am only human, I am flawed. Accepting this allows for the self-reflection Socrates spoke of when he said, "The unexamined life is not worth living." My mission is to bring forth some of my ponderings in this examination to the table. I have done a lot of impulsive and passionate things in desperate activist attempts to remedy the wrongs that I have learned of. All I can do is look back at international news coverage, charges I fought and defeated, however somewhat Pyrrhic victories. My hope is the experiences I have had and my current multimedia blitzkrieg will be more successful than my past pursuits. Continuous self-improvement for oneself is necessary to live, Strictly Revolutionary. 

Jason Robo