composer, multi-instrumentalist, vocalist
The time we live in is stranger and faster than any time that I have previously witnessed. My daughter asked me about the theory of time being relative, and I find it quite adequate to the current situation.
Exponentially growing population = exponentially growing chaos. The newspaper writes "is there any space left for carnivores left on earth?", alluding to the extinction and loss of habitat of wild cats. While nature bleeds and disappears around us, two times as many humans are born than die each day , even in the midst of the current pandemic. We can't even discuss this problem, because we are so busy extinguishing the flames of our exponentially growing chaos. Climate change, species extinction, loss of fresh water, salinization of arid land, heat waves and forest fires, super storms. As every day brings a fresh problem to be solved, we heroically focus our attention on each solution, not seeing the difference between those that set us in a progress trap, and those that don't (are there any?).
Meanwhile, men in uniforms feel very important. They feel so important, that they don't see the idiocy of their actions. They don't see that they themselves have lost their humanity, that they themselves are the problem. I dare say, they can't see that they themselves that the ones who have radicalized. I'm sure that it's different for everybody, how they can relate to what I just wrote. And some examples will be much more important than others. And yet, as a butterfly can cause a storm, perhaps it is the small examples that create the most disturbance.
Dutch policemen 17471 and 31314 are my examples of men in uniforms acting as incompetent, disrespectful, intentionally rude and condescending assholes. They made me think of the Israeli soldiers who were mocking and antagonizing the 8 year old Palestinian violinists that I was accompanying through the Bethlehem checkpoint in 2007. Same smug abuse of their position and misplaced authority.