“Religion Of Robots” — AleXander Hirka (Burning Man 2018)

Anarchists For Jesus

Preface:
I recently came across this little word bon-bon I had written in 1981. I was 29 years old, and wrote it under the pseudonym I was known under at that time in the
Mail-Art Network — an international community of artists who shared all forms of creativity via the postal system — somewhat an analog precursor to the best of the Internet.
Depressingly enough, much of this is still incredibly timely.
Thanks for reading!

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The story thus far:

The baby trembled with innocent, yet agelessly wise, laughter as the gifts were placed before it.
“A blanket,” said the first man,” of blue and red and white. Sewn by Betsy Ross herself, it certainly remains a heritage worth dying for.”
“And these tools — a sickle and a hammer,” spoke the second man, “are not mere steel and wood, but mighty symbols worth laying down a life for.”
“And I sweet child bring you the vision of one world united by the soma of electronic technology,” said the third visitor, “I bring you a digital game called ‘Little Wars’ which now includes an advanced meltdown function for more family fun and learning. A future worth dying for.”

And so it came to pass that the child grew up, and as we watch Chapter 29 on the video screen we see him sipping an Amaretto and Russian vodka blend at a sidewalk cafe, while scanning a recent New York Times.

The cafe radio announces the day’s news.
“A subversive group, calling itself ‘Anarchists for Jesus’, and claiming a secret membership numbering in the millions, has called for a ‘renaissance of responsibility’ and worldwide action to stop what it refers to as ‘nuclear and other forms of techno-death.’
Through ingenious uses and manipulations of media their message is permeating the globe at an amazing pace. The Soviet press agency, Tass, denounced the actions as ‘imperialist-minded capitalist infiltration’, while US officials stated that the amazingly numerous reports of Anarchists for Jesus actions behind the Iron Curtain were a Soviet cover-up for what one White House aide called “a KGB plot to divert American consumerism from it’s natural path.”
“Well, that about wraps up the 6 o’clock Seemingly Objective Enough Newsbreak,” said the dj. “Now, here’s the latest tune from the Fabulous Trends. It’s called ‘Buy Buy Love’ and it’s shooting up the Mindless Pleasure Charts, so stick your earlobe against the speaker and get ready to shake those hemorrhoids…”

Downing the last few drops of his drink he notices the coaster which has stuck to the bottom of the glass. Removing it he notices that the moisture has revealed a previously invisible message on the coaster.
It reads: “Forgive them, for they know not what they do.” — Anarchists for Jesus

Next: Chapter 30/ “You Can’t Trust Me Anymore” (Available December 22, 1981. Check your neighborhood video center for details.)

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© AleXander Hirka 2019. All Rights Reserved.

original piece — typewriter, white out and rubber stamp

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Writer, visual artist, philosopher, autodidact, curmudgeon. More than half of what i do is make believe. https://alexanderhirka.nyc

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