Couple points gun at protesters
Yep, this photo might go for 2020 world-press photo. For me, it’s the symbol for our divided fucked up world.
Why didn’t the couple stay inside? I mean, the house is big enough. Did they want to make a statement? Their 5 minutes of fame? Or did their nervous systems went into a dead alley and some fuses popped?
“Honey, get the AKA, It’s those damn BLM protesters, they might attack the house. It's our constitutional right to wave some arms and protect our property”
This is far beyond the question of who is right and who is wrong ladies and gentlemen. This photo is an amazing symbol of the sign of our times.
And the sign is pretty damn off.
As a European, this image is even weirder. It shows the last frontier before a pending civil war. Many people in Europe believe this civil war will start in the U.S exactly because the right to own guns, the relatively short history of the country and yeah, at the end of the day, America is the Wild Wild West. No offence.
Is it the result of different groups in society being pushed against each other, and when there’s enough rubbing our skins, the fire might go off? When one movement claims their right to be fully seen as humans with all equal rights, some other groups get offended, get afraid, get aggressive, get their guns from the basement and does silly things. Starts a civil war?
The fuse has never been so short in history and the amount of dynamite massive.
Record unemployment, racial hypertension, COVID crisis, ecological collapse around the corner, the mother of depressions waiting around the other corner.
COVID 19 has shown us a rare window of collective opportunity around 15th of march when the world stood up and self-isolated to flatten a curve. United we quarantined. Planet earth put the volume down for 3 months, nature could hear itself breath.
Was it the silence before a perfect storm? The eye of the hurricane?
We came out with massive BLM protests all around the globe. A powerful movement to stop discrimination of black people once and for all, including the abuse of power and violence by the US police departments, the very thing that sparked the most recent protests.
What does this photo tell you?
What does 90% of your Tweets show? Why has Facebook turned into a snakepit?
A divided world where people stand opposed to each other, not hand in hand, united, to fight for a common goal.
Like, uh, The survival of Planet Earth? Democratic Civil Rights?
“I’m sick of COVID-19. I’m sick of black vs. white. I’m sick of Democrats vs. Republicans. I’m sick of gay vs. straight. I’m sick of Christians vs atheists. I’m REALLY sick of the media. I’m sick of no one being allowed to think what they want & feel what they do without offending someone.” — Serena Williams on FB.
Sorry, this is not THE Serena Williams. But does it matter, it went viral, this Serena makes a point. We don’t need to be an influencer to spread wisdom and go viral with it. In fact, I predict the rapid decline of influencerism. It’s time to find your own truth, embrace your own wisdom and own your own expression.
Only to find that you’ll probably offend somebody with a short fuse. This post might offend a bunch of people with short fuses. But it doesn’t stop me from writing my truth and what I stand for. In respect and compassion for all of humanity.
How do we collectively grow out of this mess? How can we take the next exit on our highway to more hate, violence and destruction?
What is the elixir to end the magic spell of You against Me? Black against white? Republicans against Democrats? Elite against the people? Virus against humanity? Nature versus Man?
Is it the Dr Strangelove super vaccine that will reset our DNA into a 5G powered nanochip that will turn us all into obedient Borgs?
There must be another way, a more human one.
When you understand where division starts, you’ll have a better idea of where it might end. When you know the ingredients of your short fused-ness, you might have a hint for the elixir to remove the spell.
Let’s assume it all starts in the mind. The mind likes to judge, separate, like or dislike. The mind says funny things like you’re either with me or against me. Overall, the mind wants to control. The mind makes up 56 conflicting rules to fight a virus, so we think we’re in control.
The mind reacts on emotions, creates order, offers instant solutions. In our current tensed timeframe, the mind needs to deal with the following three psychological conditions that drive the behaviour of most of us on a daily basis:
Unsafety, Separation, Fear.
- Safety — The mind creates safety through self-righteousness. I am right. I am right to defend my house. My house is my safe haven, I shoot or threat to shoot everybody that comes near
- Separation — The mind creates the enemy. When you’re not with me, you’re the enemy. There is no in-between, the mind lives and operated in the grace of duality.
- Fear — The mind feeds itself with fear. Fight or flight. Where is the exit for a flight? Which weapons do I chose and what tactics when I fight?
It’s all in this one photo.
Apparently we collectively need to go through these dark times hopefully to embrace each other at the other side of catharsis? Or is there another way? A shortcut maybe?
The current changes make people feel uncertain.
The old is shifting like a tectonic plate gone joyriding. To what to hold onto? When our foundations are melting like icecaps in a heatwave, who to turn to? Our old normal is gone, and everything that came with it.
The only certainty we have on ground zero is there is no real certainty. No wonder half of the world population walks around with an ignition cord the size of Bill Gates fake smile.
I know only one thing. The answer, the elixir, is in our hearts. It is in including the other, in that moment of transcending your hate, your aggression, your urge to be seen, heard, to be right. Nothing to made wrong here, sometimes we need to go on the street and fight for our right.
And sometimes our hearts whisper higher wisdom. That voice telling you that the other, your enemy, is actually you.
It's all in the embrace. It can be all, again, in one image. Remember the 12-year-old wise young Devonte Hart wearing a sign around his neck saying: Free Hugs?
It was during protests in Oregon in 2014 in solidarity with the family of Michael Brown, the unarmed black teenager shot and killed by a white policeman in August, following a grand jury’s decision not to indict the officer.
Young Devonte Hart couldn’t take it anymore, tears were rolling down his face when he hugged white Portland police officer Bret Barnum who actually asked for the hug.
Where the mind divides, the heart unites. The heart is the place where peace resides. When we fight, beat, shoot, kill or slaughter, what else than ourselves do we really hurt?
Find peace in your heart. Fight from the heart, shout from the heart, hug from the heart.
United we stand strong as humanity, for the strong challenges that are awaiting us. Now is the time to wake up and stand united, from love, patience, compassion and inclusion, not division.
“The Kingdom of God is within man”, not one man nor a group of men, but in all men! In you! …You, the people have the power…Let us fight to free the world, to do away with national barriers, to do away with greed, with hate and intolerance…You, the people, have the power to make this life free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure… Then, in the name of democracy, let us use that power, let us all unite — Charlie Chaplin, excerpt from the final speech from The Great Dictator movie
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