Monday, October 6, 2008

x is for malcolm

malcolm X that is! in light of the economic crisis, if not downright collapse, currently going on in the united states and other countries where the engine called capitalism has been pulling the economic train, some of malcolm's words ring so true, I think we should start referring to brother malcolm x as the prophet malcolm x. here's just a wee selection of the prophet x's quotes that have particular relevance today:

It is impossible for capitalism to survive, primarily because the system of capitalism needs some blood to suck. Capitalism used to be like an eagle, but now it's more like a vulture. It used to be strong enough to go and suckanybody's blood whether they were strong or not. But now it
has become more cowardly, like the vulture, and it can only suck the blood of the helpless. As the nations of the world free themselves, the capitalism has less victims, less to suck, and it becomes weaker and weaker. It's only a matter of time in my opinion before it will collapse completely.

If you don't stand for something you will fall for anything.

You're not supposed to be so blind with patriotism that you can't face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who says it.

I'm for truth, no matter who tells it. I'm for justice, no matter who its for or against.

Truth is on the side of the oppressed.

x is also for xenia. in addition to being the name of a small town in ohio and a really neat female name, it also is the word for the greek concept of hospitality shown to those far from home. it is often translated as 'guest-friendship' and consists of three basic tenets - first, the respect from host to guest. second the respect from guest to host. third a parting gift. a host must be hospitable and provide food, drink, and if required a bath. a guest should be courteous and not be a burden. and in terms of a parting gift, the gift is to show the host's honor at receiving the guest.

let's not confuse xenia with xena the warrior princess. if you don't know xena, well, what can I say...

photo: nyc, september 2008


Barbara said...

X is a tough letter. Good job!

tut-tut said...

You can be my guest any day! Great quotes. I learn something here everyday; your alphabet journey continues to be enlightenting.

R.L. Bourges said...

interesting thing about the word xenia is it's also the word for a a) a female stranger and b) one of the roots of the word "xenophobe".

While in Greece a few years ago, I noticed that the beautiful concept you speak about was eroding because too many of the guest weren't living up to their end of the bargain - the respect is supposed to be mutual. Too often, the "guests" (tourists) seemed to take the hospitality for granted. A pity.

(You really have an eye for murals, don't you? I love the line "If you don't stand for something, you'll fall for anything."

Merci for another great post, petite souris.

Merle Sneed said...

What a great post. Perhaps our hope will be renewed soon.

Anonymous said...

So, maybe I am the only one viewing your site today who is "from Xenia, Ohio"!! Hadn't thougt of that as a claim to fame! I don't think the town embodies the Greek meaning of the word as you explained it and I don't know how it came to have that name. My dad worked at Antioch college back then and that was when Antioch was a hot bed of alternatives. Someone once said to me that Antioch wasn't so radical as the area around Antioch was so not-radical - conformist, bland, closed. That is more my experience of nearby Xenia. But what a beautiful name.
Your wanderings and highlights are gems. Thanks again. much love, Susan

Megan said...

Thanks again. I'm so sad the alphabet is almost done, but I can't wait to find out what comes next!

Great quotes today.

Anonymous said...

what , no xylophone? I loved those things.

Tommy Smothers recently said yet again, that the word politics meant many blood sucking parasites.

poly= many+ tics.

WAT said...

I had no idea Malcolm X had said these powerful prophetic words about capitalism, but I'm right there with him. The greed unleashed has caused its unfolding right before our very eyes!

Could this be the end of it as we've known it?!

bitchlet said...

thanks for the quote and the wonderful x post.

Chuck Pefley said...

Kim, great post today! I particularly like the quotes you've mentioned.

lettuce said...

well... lets hope malcolm was right anyway... its hard to know how optimistic to dare to be

we used to love Xena in our house

Steve said...

Love the photo! And this quote really resonated for me: "You're not supposed to be so blind with patriotism that you can't face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who says it."