Valeria Solana is the author of the so called S.C.U.M. Manifesto. S.C.U.M. stands for Society for Cutting Up Men and is a call for women world wide to engage in a war of genercide against all males. The opening paragraph indicates that due to the latest scientific breakthroughs in en vitro fertilization that men are no longer required for human reproduction to take place. Ms. Solana seems to think that what would remain after the extermination of all males would be something that could be thought of as human. Such thinking is purely delusional and the product of a psychotic sciopathic mindset.
Ms. Solana was the gender warrior who shot Andy Warhol the brilliantly gifted artist and impresario who became a major trend setter on the international stage owing perhaps to many things. Chief amongst these might have been Andy Warhole’s simple working class roots in Pittsburgh, PA where he grew up as a quite, kind, and unassuming youth of Russian ancestry. Andy was only a second generation American but he became the master of a whole new artistic idiom that in turn created a whole new pop culture based upon the Whitmanesque concept that true beauty could reside in simple things that the American culture often took for granted.
The other aspect of Andy’s life that seemed to touch so many people was his absolute and completely disarming gentleness toward all people. This was particularly evident in his loving acceptance of the deeply troubled Valerie Solana who eventually was responsible for his death which can be thought of perhaps as a uniquely American kind of crucifixion. It seems to me that the gun is to American culture what the crucifix was for the Roman culture, i.e. a common medium of execution.
The story of this real life and real history drama can be discovered in the memorable film “I Shot Andy Warhole.”
America is unique in that it has spawned a whole new venue for hate never seen before in the whole history of the human race and one can pretty much say for certain that if this particularly nasty version of hate were to triumph then what remained would not be human.
Modern humans can learn much from traditional societies that have universally based themselves on myths such as the ancient Native American creation myth that when the first human was born (or created by Great Spirit) it was split into two different halves with one being the woman and the other being the man. Such myths teach us the real meaning of what it means to be human. Humanness does not consist in either the purely male or the purely female. Each needs the other in order to function and define itself as human.
To the kind of psychotic sociopathic mind that degenerate capitalist culture produces the world is seen as a war of each against all and all against each other. Sociopathy is the essence of a depraved capitalist culture that worships power in all its various manifestations because such power means power over other people and the supreme gratification of that one lonely lost ego called the “I.” What a sad and degenerate fate capitalism has in store for us if left unchecked by the very social, moral, and political forces that humanity is capable of bringing to bear to negate this threat to our common and mutual human existence.
We live in an era of Ted Bundy’s and Valerie Solanas. The way forward is not to embrace the social psychosis that capitalism spawns but rather to embrace our common humanity and to celebrate it as best we can each in his or her own way depending upon our own individual circumstances by always remembering that as humans we and not mere isolated atomized lonely and impotent individuals. We are the physical manifestation of the consciousness of the Universe. We are the way that the Universe looks at itself.
Capitalism needs to create and us vs. them mentality in the minds of the working class and it is ever in need of exploiting every sort of social division that exists in order to keep the ruling class on top. It is the utter perversity of capitalism itself that finds it so necessary to poison the most fundamental of all human relationship. In doing so it makes us less human if we buy into the artificial and life negating reality that it engenders.
Ms. Solana was a victim of capitalist oppression herself. The way that she dealt with that oppression was to embrace the hatred that the system spawns for the human in a bogus faux attempt to feel “empowered.” That is a very popular word these days as everybody who is anybody or wants to be somebody needs to become “empowered.” The very word itself gives testimony to the idolatrous worship of power that is the real religion of the ruling class that is being foisted off on us as something legitimate and indeed almost holy but not quite.
To be holy means in the final analysis to be whole and complete. That can never be the case as long as we see our other half as “the other.” It only happens when we begin to know and feel that there is indeed something out there and in here that is much larger than this lonely isolated atomized “I” that is the poster child of the nuclear age. It’s no mere coincidence that an age that threatens humanity with nuclear destruction is an age of atomized individuals who see “the other” as an enemy that needs to be exterminated. There is no hope for such a society which is why it has to be utterly and complete rejected in ever aspect of its being. It is not us but some truly imaginary “other” that we risk becoming if we are not able and capable of rejecting it and the values that it has spawned in its wake that now threaten us with utter moral and spiritual destruction if not real physical destruction as well.
The choice is ours to make and our life is shaped by the decisions and choices that we make every day. We can chose to be more or less than human. The choice is our to make, right now today!
Note-This piece was originally posted to Open Salon on 05-14-2014