Sunday, December 7, 2014

radical mycology

"We perceive this lifecycle as a metaphor for the way humans and, more specifically, radicals, can choose to view our interactions with each other.  We see our spores as the ideas we have every minute of our lives:  those of a better world and freer existence.  And while many of our spores, just like those of our fungal allies, do not immediately find a solid footing and lay to wait, at times a select few hold on to eventually find space to thrive.

Over time our spores encounter ideas flowing from like-minded allies and, if found compatible, the two inevitably combine with infinite variety toward the common goal of survival.  In this way, we see our networks of mutual aid and grassroots organizing form an organic web through our communities just as mycorrhizal fungi share nutrients and knowledge across the forest.  Slowly, resources are pooled as information is gathered and shared -- acts hidden underground from the mainstream -- until the point that the culmination of all the previous toil leads to a final direct action:  the projection of a fruiting body.

As this fruiting body thrusts forward with strength and determination, the now unsettled ground reflects the change that has occurred.  The time spent building and working, we now see, wasn't for nothing.  Action has happened where it could not be stopped.

And as the fruiting body dies back and the immediacy resolves, it sends out spores all over the world to influence, inspire, and grow where they can;  to continue the cycle of resistance in the face of oppressive forces."

Radical Mycology Ed. 1.1, 2010

The Spore Liberation Front

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