I should probably get a tattoo that says: If you don’t stay idealistic, I’ll find a way to come back from the past and decapitate you.
I don’t want to get into socialism versus neoliberalism arguments anymore, because both have not succeeded in proving themselves in practice. What I do want, is for people to stop describing things, quality of life, people in terms of monetary value. You need food, clothes, shelter, health, education and freedom to make your life your own without being harmed or harming anyone. The world needs peace, environmentalism, and truth.
That’s it. Nothing more. And money can just be a way to mark a thing in the equation, like when the ‘x’ stands for a missing number. Where can I find a system that achieves that?
I think a major issue I have with living in the US is the fact that people don’t just sit and talk without a reason. Career, money and dreams come before friends, and I get that on some level. (very very slightly) But, it’s not for me, I need to go and sit in a cafe and talk about bullshit, walk next to the river and listen to someone’s love problems, sit near the fortress in the city, drink beer and discuss politics. I need people and I need them talking for real (no small talk, no class related stuff, no internet conversations)
For the past days I’ve been going through an existential crisis. I saw myself as some one who can effect the world, make it a better place, my idealistic nature allows for such foolish thoughts. Now, they’ve been crushed by the fact that I can’t see evolution in our society, has this world ever become a better place?!
The US celebration of Osama’s death has resembled the public executions in the past, we’ve gotten technology but ruined the Earth, we got rid of Hitler, but look what Israel is doing now, artists such as musicians and dancers are not considered inferior, but they now make money sometimes solely on their looks, and so much bloody more.
Have we improved in anything at all?
What is the purpose of so much material, doesn’t it just limit you?
It’s funny how a trip, a play you saw, a concert, a meal in an Ethiopian restaurant, will last you longer than any piece of clothing, smartphone or whatever you have on your amazon wish list right now.
*books do not count because they are the most valuable material things along with cameras… they capture and preserve reality… and I shall spend my whole life hoarding them…
[nothing else seems more important]
Watched Beautiful Losers the other day and there’s a quote from there: Freedom of the press is guaranteed to those who own one. Obviously, there has been a lot of talk about how today, with internet access, cheaper technology, etc. anyone can get that freedom to express themselves and the ideas they carry around. But, at the same time, if your freedom is used well and attracts a lot of people, it will quickly be swallowed by the capitalistic system. Will your art remain yours? Can the presence of money be controlled?