The Party Party
A Political Party for the Rest of Us
"INTRODUCING THE PARTY PARTY — AN ALL-INCLUSIVE ALTERNATIVE
TO THE TRADITIONAL TWO PARTY MODEL. LET'S DO GREAT THINGS, AMERICA!"
"WE MUST PROTECT AND RESPECT EACH OTHER, NO MATTER HOW HARD IT FEELS. NO MATTER HOW WRONG SOMEONE ELSE MAY SEEM TO US, THEY ARE STILL HUMAN. NO MATTER HOW BAD SOMEONE MAY APPEAR, THEY ARE TRULY NO WORSE THAN US."
— ANDREW W.K.
— ANDREW W.K.
Yes We're Going to a Party Party
"Joy for its own sake, laughter and conviviality without pretext, meeting time's advance with unapologetic delight, raucous noise, good friends — these are nothing less than the eruption of the hidden light cracking the conventional crust of our mature good sense, our dehumanizing obsession with control, our idolatrous reliance on possession as salvation."
-- Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson
Process Theology and Partying
Process theology says there is something absolute about
the enjoyment of being alive in the immediacy of the moment.
And it says this enjoyment can be enriched by positive
relations with others, who are also enjoying being alive.
This means that mutually empathic enjoyment -- otherwise called partying --
can be an important part of a healthy society and a healthy politics.
Especially if it is intentionally inclusive, helping overcome we-they dichotomies.
Perhaps partying together help overcome a divided America?
Perhaps Trump and Clinton followers can party together?
Really now, why not? Is mutual animosity working better?
This is what the Fat Soul Manifesto, and the Fat Soul Band, is all about.
It's about merrymaking as a path to justice, and justice as a path to merrymaking.
More about the Party Party
Andrew W.K.: founder of Party Party
The Absoluteness of Enjoyment
in the Immediacy of the Moment
In “Nature Alive,” the eighth chapter of his last book, Modes of Thought, Alfred North Whitehead writes that “the notion of life implies a certain absoluteness of self-enjoyment. . . [t]he occasion of experience is absolute in respect to its immediate self-enjoyment” (1938/1968, 150-151). In other words, life is a process of pure auto-affection. It involves a “self-enjoyment” that is both “immediate” and “absolute.” Self-enjoyment is “immediate” in that it happens pre-reflexively, in the moment itself. I enjoy my life as I am living it; my enjoyment of the very experience of living is precisely what it means to be alive. “The enjoyment belongs to the process and is not a characteristic of any static result” (152). Also, self-enjoyment is “absolute” in that it unfolds entirely in itself and for itself, without conditions. A living occasion is “absolute” in the etymological sense of this word: it is unbound, set free, released from all relation. Every moment of life is an autonomous “self-creation” (151). A living occasion must “be understood without reference to any other concurrent occasions” (151).
-- Stephen Shapiro, Self-Enjoyment and Concern
And maybe there's a spiritual side to it, too.
Maybe partying together is one way that
we experience heaven on earth.
Andrew W.K. - Advice Columnist and Pizza Guitar Enthusiast
One thing we do know, even in the face of all these unknowns, is that we can experience genuine moments of heavenly beauty in our own time living in this world. We can realize true moments of undeniable happiness, if we pay attention enough to notice them as they happen. We can even imagine a version of heaven that simply consists of what we already know and love about life right now.
Like many spiritual concepts, the idea of heaven can be explored as a symbolic illustration of many genuine aspects of our own day to day reality. It can be contemplated by believers and non-believers alike, and can offer us extremely valuable insights into our true self and the nature of what it means to be human right here and now. In this way, heaven is a state of true perfection which is already present and at the same time always in front of us. It's something to unfold and reveal and work towards and to earn. Those precious moments of happiness will eventually slip through our fingers in the same way in which our loved ones will eventually slip into the unknown, as we ourselves will too — as all things must.
But ultimately, none of these looming and inevitable experiences with the unknown are to be feared or dreaded — they are meant to be questioned, explored, celebrated, and ultimately faced with a sense of awe and humility, and if we're really strong, with a sense of humor.
Let us recognize heaven when we find it around us. And let us work to make heaven here and now for one another, as much as we can. It's quite possible that when we die, that will be the moment we realize we had already been in heaven all along.
Momentary experiences of heavenly beauty -- and trust in the possibility of future beauty -- can help fortify a life and bring people together despite seemingly irreconcilable differences in politics and ideology. These moments are tastes of transcendence and touches of grace. There may or may not be a party after death; we'll find out. But there's more than a few on earth, and they satisfy a profound spiritual need in life. We're gonna have a good time.
-- Jay McDaniel
-- Jay McDaniel