The Feral Child Manifesto
by Rachel Creager Ireland
Note from Veronica: It has come to my attention that a person who goes by the name of Feral Jeff would like to post here. He has some rather unusual views, and I have with trepidation chosen to allow him to publish his manifesto. While I am fully in favor of his living in whatever way brings him joy, I am quite uncomfortable with his ideas on parenting. I’m only comforted in the thought that nobody with the slightest bit of sense would actually put into practice these ideas. Nevertheless, Jeff is very persuasive on the subject of freedom of expression, and I find I cannot bring myself to deny him this space altogether. But please, if you have any thoughts, talk some sense into this man!
Resisting the Tyranny of Language: Raising Feral Children in a Civilized World
Any complete hegemony must needs address not only the theory and lived experience of persons of every sex and gender, of the dominant as well as the oppressed races and classes, and of those in that stage of life rightly known as the formative years, that is, childhood. In this, one of a series of articles on the feral lifestyle, we will discuss in particular the theory and practice of raising children by the feral method. We begin with a few words from the late, great, twentieth-century thinker Kenneth Burke.
“Even if any given terminology is a reflection of reality, by its very nature as a terminology it must be a selection of reality; and to this extent it must function also as a deflection of reality.” –Language as Symbolic Action, 1966
Indeed, embedded within the nature of language itself is its inevitable propensity to deflection of reality, which limits the possibility of perception of any other reality by the receiver; and which thereby manifests the transmitter’s own version of reality upon the mind of the receiver. Thus language itself is the earliest and most enduring form of oppression, beginning in infancy when the child receives his first Beebo, which becomes his teacher, friend, and master, incessantly exhorting the captive infant to be happy, to learn, to adopt language as his primary mode of thought. The Beebo is often said to be an improvement upon the ancient parental system, in which the child was constantly surveilled, in a world devoid of even the most basic privacies, by the direct gaze of relatively immense and powerful adults, whose first linguistic priority was for him to address them with the titles of authority by which they called themselves, that is, “Mommy” and “Daddy.” Nonetheless, one who seeks a truer, freer, purer experience of beingness must go further than the eradication of the Parents; our work will not be done until we have altogether revolutionized human existence by the eradication of language.
For what is the linguistic experience but an exercise in the tyranny of one’s thoughts over those of another? As Burke so brilliantly expressed, when one invokes a word, one limits the vast infinitude of possible meanings; it negates the availability of any other word within the mind. The Feral Vanguard goes one step further, to proclaim that the very existence of language, even unspoken, which is to say, spoken only within the mind, limits the consciousness of the bearer of such language. There is no true freedom for the mind which has been corrupted by servitude under the yoke of language. And this damage, once done, cannot be undone. It is irreversible. The reader is challenged to think, to be, aware, in the moment, for the span of time required by even one thought -without words, and without then immediately telling oneself, in words, that one has had a wordless thought. For those to whom this most bitter curse has been bestowed, it is impossible even to imagine the mind unfettered.
And with this as our most precious dogma, we of the Feral Vanguard are blazing a new path, but one which goes backwards into time, into the time before language, both historically and in the individual consciousness. We recognize the purity and unlimited potential of every newly-born infant, and in reverence we withhold our speech. There will be no Beebos, no cubes, no wallscreens, with their endless advertising, no media, nor even walls, of any kind, for these children. They will grow and develop in the most innocent and immediate way, so in tune with their truest nature that to be or do anything outside of that nature would be unthinkable. They will seek food when hungry, sleep when tired, express joyfully and freely every bodily function in the most natural way, unhindered by social convention, manipulation, oppression, and the preconceptions of their own nature which are inevitably transmitted through language.
There are certainly many facets to the Feral Method of child rearing, but freedom from language lies at the heart of all our efforts. We refuse to participate in the dominance play and training of the palate which inevitably accompany the feeding of prepared foods; we allow our children to be free in their natural bodies, unfettered by the social expectations of clothing; we give them the tremendous advantages of independence, self-reliance, and ingenuity, which are best learned in the successful triumph over adversity when one is faced with the need for shelter, sustenance, and safety. But of these practices, the protection of the child from language is the most essential, and when language is introduced, any benefits of all the other practices are irreparably compromised.
For more information about the Feral Vanguard and its most noble mission, please contact Jeff via this blog.