The Local Kids - Issue 3

From The Local Kids

Life is separated into different phases; as you pass through the years, you are supposed to move on, to progress. One part of life is dedicated to education and exploration, inspired by the naivety and idealism of the inexperienced. Another is about application and comfort, framed by the maturity and pragmatism of the learned. Eventually you arrive at accomplishment and can reap the rewards of a fulfilled life. Only maybe temporarily upset by some (un)desired reskilling and the uncertainty that the future holds. At least that’s how it should be. Or should it?

The progress you make seems often nothing more than a narrative structure imposed on loosely related events. That destabilizing thought sometimes flickers through the activities of everyday life. But forget that thought, because you have already invested your time and you want the results. Stubbornly we hold on to the story of achievement and merit. In the meantime we become attached to the perpetuation of this social reality because we don’t want to lose everything.

What if we let go of the linear construct of time to mold our perspective on life? Not to not apply ourselves anymore or to live from impulse to impulse. But to avoid the rigidity of (supposed) wisdom, the certainty of the past and the arrogance of the entitled. Life goes in waves, or the circles of a spiral, or some other image that fits a fragmented whole. Of course this goes against the logic of society, and thus the guiding lines of many people around us. We are not traveling along the same paths; our lives are discordant. This is a radical difference that at times makes it hard even to communicate, to find common ground. Nonetheless we shouldn’t banish the unforeseen and have the confidence to hold on to ourselves while we turn this world inside out.

Winter 2019

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Béru was the Crass of France. They were really huge all across the French world's underground. At some point they waned and fatigued as they got richer, tho that wasn't as bad as Crass selling out. Also they were great for the late '80s, but they aged pretty bad since the '00s, as the either more hardcore or more electro music took over the scenes. Tho they sure did shape the French anarcho-punk subculture and attitude for a long time, 'til te nasty drugs came in and then the Appelistes.

i liked the lyrics of that song they posted, but not the clowny pop-py tunes, yet their cheerfulness and energy was contagious. french is a funny language. also, i find it funny how in your account appelistes are as pervasive and pernicious as nasty drugs and mark such a landmark in the history of france XD

Not in the History of France, duh... ;-) Just in the history of the counterculture in France over the past few decades. It's pretty obvious how the appelistes can hardly be considered "countercultural" at this point, yet they did have an overwhelming presence in the squatter milieus for several years, probably still have. No it can't be really compared to the notorious ketamine-induced camper truck raver scene... It's a different... dimension.

while watching the Antifa - Chasseurs de Skins documentary and then found this video which is pretty good production quality for 1989 and is a high energy crowd scene with an over the top performance. That's what attracted me was the emotional energy and I heard their shows were riotous afterwards.

imma watch dat

>What if we let go of the linear construct of time to mold our perspective on life?
I live one day at a time and come from a place of abundance and not scarcity. As a result there is more spaciousness in my life. Time is less of a factor. Being present and without expectations is just a happier life.

Life is everything that got you to this point. It could be five key points or seven swim lanes of events. We are not our circumstances.

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