It’s interesting. My friend, Zenzile, decided to start this blog as a way of giving people like us an opportunity to express ourselves freely. Honestly, it had to be a whim of hers in the midnight hour while she dreamed wide awake about the lives we are chasing. In a sense, she was straight jonesing then…..desiring a rich life full of music, art, literature, revolution…and oh yes, love. I agreed to contribute because my musings about this Love Jones Lifestyle could potentially help me push out my second stage play, Honey’s Kitchen. At the center of the story is the high-minded concepts of love and revolution in which one cannot exist without the other. Think about it.
Can’t have a revolution without love…..and love has always been revolutionary. The latter point is something that apparently many are forgetting as we continue our treks on this side of the world, hunting for love and all of its splendor. Essentially, revolution is about change…and nothing changes people more than love. Ok, follow me, over the weekend, a couple of my friends and I were enjoying our Saturday night so much that we didn’t want it to end right away – so we caught the 9:30pm showing of the animated feature, Mega Mind. Yes. I know. Here’s three educated, well-rounded men and women sitting in the theater enjoying a family flick in 3-D. So, you wanna make something of it? Hey, sometimes even the deepest of us don’t want to bask in profundity every single damn day.
Anyway, not to give away the story, but it hinged on how a person has the choice of being good or evil. The main character was the villain who eventually became the hero – and his choice to turn around came about as a result of love. Things change when love is present and whether embraced or denied, it always comes with good intentions. Never mind the bullshit we see in pop culture addled with all of its melodrama. Those iffy, illogical stories leave much to be desired as they are largely based on simplistic notions that even my six year old niece can analyze. In today’s dizzying times, the idea of love has become a passive uncreative parade of lustful thoughts twisted together with urban euphemisms (think: FWB – Friends With Benefits which has replaced the age-old label of ‘Lovers’) and anchored by wack ass lyrics served over looped tracks dubbed erroneously as ‘love songs’. Somewhere between Trey Songz and Jerry Springer, the concept of love is a mind numbing experience—robbed completely of its vitality and power.
You see, love and revolution inspires action. It ain’t no way in hell one can be loved seriously and somehow is unable to come into another awareness; thus moving differently. Revolution will not allow anyone to sit still, or else, it’s counterrevolutionary. If there is not an urgency for change through the undergirding of love, then it is not love nor is it revolutionary. At the same time, if revolution is not motivated by love, then it is an attempt at tyranny.
What is the point? Simple. If you’re gonna do some jonesing, then do so under the right premise. Jonesing is nothing more than a synonym for lusting. We’ve all been taught that lust is a bad thing, however, anything with the improper motive can be deemed detrimental. If lust clouds our moral judgment, then Houston we have a problem. But, there is such a thing as having a healthy lust. We can have a lust for life – now what’s so bad about that? So, come on everyone, let’s jones unashamedly for love and revolution so we can make this world a better place.
I’ll stop here for the sake of pondering more, but I will indeed revisit this concept. It just may take another course when I pick it up again. Until then, continue to enjoy the Love Jones Lifestyle.
P.S. Here’s the mood music for my abstract ramblings on this post.