Personal Analysis

Gustavo Gutierrez, in his seminal work “Liberation Theology,” developed three levels of liberation for the individual. In brief, the first level is liberation from social oppression. The second level is personal liberation. The third, and final level, is a spiritual liberation, a liberation from sin, which is in the Christian context, considering the source material. Essentially the process of liberation involves an outer to inner function, one as Gutierrez describes in speaking of Pope Paul IV’s summation of this theory, a process in which a person develops from being “less human,” to “more human.” Insomuch as the process is concerned, I do agree. Perhaps not with the exclusively Christian solution of “elimination” of sin as the final conclusion, but I do appreciate the dynamic. While I may disagree with the exclusivity, the dynamic still holds a vital, necessary function. In the aforementioned paradigm, the external is what leads to the internal. I simply posit the opposite – the internal is what leads to the external. When one realizes, first, their own humanity, then can their external environment begin to truly experience change. One need not wait for environmental factors to change for people to change. Coming to grasp with one’s true nature is usually not contingent on such. Yes, environmental factors certainly influence, which often times leads to an awareness of consciousness. This can only be sustained for so long. 
There must be depth; a deeply internal change, akin to a religious experience. We’ve witnessed revolutions fail, as their respective leaders had the conviction of awakened consciousness, but largely remained unchanged as individuals, thus these revolutions degenerated. I had mentioned previously the process of the Christian removing “sin” from their life. While this process is largely religious in nature and tenor, the mechanism still remains. This mechanism requires a thorough, introspective appraisal of self. And this is what is applicable. Of necessarily the religious function but the steps which are executed to reach such a state. The vigor utilized to critically and structurally analyze society must first, before anything or anyone else, be applied to ourselves. We must apply the principle of structural analysis to ourselves as individuals, because it begins with the individual. This is “Personal Analysis,” and personal analysis must be paramount to structural analysis. We must identify the superstructures in our own lives and deconstruct them before we embark on destroying the superstructures in the external world.


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