After doing a piece on observing transpolitics in cinema, and after suggesting an alternate definition on Urban Dictionary, I decided to take it upon myself to run with this word further and expand what I mean when I use.
The transpolitical is the genuine humanization of people who have been victims of ideological and physical harm by political conflict. It is to my opinion that we should strive to achieve the transpolitical. In other words, we should try to transcend, to go beyond, to surpass conflict that usually is based on ideological or political views for something more simple; something more human.
The transpolitical is reached through moments. It is hardly a permanent experience. It should be seen as a long or short period, one that can last for years under a social revolution, or perhaps something as short as talking to someone on public transportation.
The transpolitical is anti-political. It is anti-political in the sense that is refuses to be about a politics of conversion, a politics of authoritarianism, or even a political ideology at all. Politics as a word is defined by the struggle of power – to transcend this is then to be beyond it. It differs from the simplification of politics because it is not about changing political structures to begin with.
Transpolitics is concerned with regaining human experience with each other. They are projects that go and unite people, despite political preferences, despite religious differences, racial background, language spoken, etc. The transpolitical is the arena of which these differences are shed away and disposed of for the needs of something greater.
A transpolitical project is not something major in scope, although it can be. It can be a community garden for example, or an effort to capture community moments in art so they can be seen by its members. It is moments where intersectional perspectives align to the point of where identity and its divisions are in mind, of course, but they become ever so irrelevant as solidarity, and thus humanization of individuals takes place.
A transpolitical moment can also be individual. A person that prefers to socialize and disrupt the noise of silence in public transportation is one that enters in the realm of the transpolitical. When individuals who do not know each begin to discuss and discover their world around them is a moment that should not be taken lightly. Friendship and family, sex and love, are all moments where the political, where the noise of ideological drama becomes a backdrop to be ignored, if not dismissed, and if not, destroyed.
Transpolitical moments go beyond the political – but it does not destroy the base of the political to begin with, though it may be transformed. The base of the transpolitical is still founded upon differences, and thus, it is why these moments are always temporary. Such is good, because interests can come together for a need that goes beyond the individual and beyond immediate social relations, and then disperse.
The transpolitical is not always peaceful, where it may be reached to a response to a threat. Yet, conflicts can be solved by where both sides may work towards a project in which differences are not necessarily gone, but the realization of the common humanity of both sides is recognized. A transpolitical moment between communities and political factions can reach a peaceful world, at least for a moment.
Family is transpolitical, because when a child is queer and their family decides to accept them rather than continue into Church morality, they are humanized and whole. Revolution can be transpolitical, because when indigenous people resist assimilation or annihilation, they become empowered and unafraid. Friendships are transpolitical, because when a person is depressed, or needs help, they are there to aid and be a shoulder to lean on. Love is transpolitical, because individual who would die for each other, despite racial or ethnic conflict, can be a source of solidarity rather than division. We can all be in the transpolitical if we decide to do so.