The real Che Guevera

His face is familiar. Staring moodily out from a T-shirt, almost looking through you, seeing everything. Mysterious, intense, passionate… all words that can be used or misused for Che. Che symbolises much: youth, rebellion, revolution, left wing ideology, anti-establishmentarianism, anti-imperialism… all the things that youth find so cool. And though he or his image is being commercially used and sold all over the world against the principles he held so dearly, he is still fascinating.

There’s another face. Older, and probably more well known and yet unknown. No one knows what he looked like. But he stares in a far more intense manner, gazes of extreme suffering, solemnity, power and love. He too spoke against the establishment of his day. He too, is often hijacked for assorted ideology and power games. But his revolution is far more subversive. Like Che, he shouts against injustice. But crucially different, he presents non-violence in bare nakedness. Instead of Che’s beret, he has thorns stuck in his head, a cruel joke…

His revolution is incredibly slow and difficult… but… I would like to be part of his revolution…


17 thoughts on “The real Che Guevera”

  1. I’m sure his revolution is cool, but the establishment destroys his principles in trying to spread his principles.

  2. Bass, as far as an explanation for Mr. Bean’s response, I can’t give one. But I can empathise. Years of sermons by Zac Poonen+ Easho Jacob+ Any other Mallu Psycho Christian can drive any kid to questions about the establishment those guys represent…My wonder is if the Bearded (?) Guy and they are part of the same establishment at all. ng

  3. I empathise with the bean. But no clue how avalonian got to the point where the bearded guy is part of the establishment. That is not a considered statement. Seems to be more an emotional one.

  4. Ah, i fink beloved has misunderstood avalonian. too many late nights chatting to some dude in phoenix ;o)

    as to av’s point, *sigh*, don’t know – i try not to think about it!

  5. Wasn’t it Gandhi who once said – “I like your Christ but I do not like your Christians.”


    Here’s a parable:

    “”””Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a obviously overtly Religious Bishop (complete in his purple robe and ornamentation) and the other a simple Gandhian. The Gandhian stood up and prayed about himself: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men — robbers, evildoers, adulterers, lovers of violence — or even like that Bishop over there. I don’t preach what I don’t practice, I’m not like him carrying about a repugnant holier than thou attitude.”

    But the Bishop stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, he tore his robe, beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a hypocrite.’

    The Bishop had just read Luke 18:9-14 for the first time… to himself.””””

    Mr. Bass wasn’t pointing to the establishment, rather at the revolutionary. It’s a cheap move to blur that perspective.

    We are all equally in need of the revolution… Me first.


  6. While I totally agree with most of our revolutionary’s philosophies, I cannot bring myself to completely believe in his divinity, thus creating a problem since the damn revolution requires the whole-hearted acceptance of JC as Lord, Saviour, the Truth, the Only Way and suchlike.

  7. “Swami Vivekananda once said that Buddha and Christ were second-rate heroes. He said the greatest men that evr live pass away unknown. They put forth no claims for themselves, establish no schools or systems in their name. They never create any stir but just melt down into love…”.
    Tom Robbins, Even cowgirls get the blues.

    I tend to agree with Mr. Bean on this one.

  8. didn’t swami vivekananda start some sort of what you could call an ‘organisation’? I believe Jesus didn’t start any schools or colleges, hospitals, assorted parachurch organisations, or the like. He made claims about himself and saw them through to the bitter end – which he knew was coming. ‘Melt[ing] down into love’ sounds nice but what’s the use of it in the midst of suffering, injustice, etc?

  9. Lucy, if people like Mandela, Luther King Jr., or Gandhi for that matter, had simply ‘melted down into love’, would they have achieved anything worth talking about or cherishing today?

    Mr. Bass, in empathy with Mr. Bean, what if you had only had the Band playing in your house every day just becos ur parents grew up listening to the band and loved it? But you only had one CD of theirs that kept playing on the deck, and they or you had never seen the band live? You had only met some roadies, some obnoxious, some nice and educated who knew what the band was about..Maybe you would wonder, if I hadnt been listening to this disc all my life, would I even bother with it? By now, the music sounds old and just washes over you without you even noticing, and the all those roadies talking about a band you’ve never seen live begin to annoy you and seem like a waste of time.
    (notice, im extending the analogy, not presenting an alternative one… 🙂

  10. Swami V is well known – which makes him, by his own definition a second rate hero. No need then to take his advice on other men.

  11. The thing I’m really wondering about is if there really is any authentic reproduction of what the bearded guy originally said. Is there any way to really seperate the establishment from the original guy considering that what the establishment has so pervaded popular consciousness. I mean that is how I see it from the outside. The common man really has no access to the original teachings does he?

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