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Saturday, September 18, 2010

Everything for entertainment - millions for a journey into space
Engineers have developed the new £700 million “Skylon spaceplane”, which can travel at more than five times the speed of sound.
Costing about £6.3 million per flight the 270 foot-long craft can carry up to 24 passengers into space. It could be available for commercial use within a decade.

We live in a reality where we spend millions on commercial travel into space, developping spacecrafts to take passangers into space who pay millions for a ticket - while our own planet is being destroyed, while they say they have no money to sort things out and people starve. This is pretty unbelievable, yet it is the reality of our existence.
This is the again a direct outflow of our money system, where money again, is placed above life itself.
We cannot wait to fuck up space, even before we fucked up our own planet. If I was an alien I surely wouldnt want a human on my planet, thats for sure.

We can spend money on luxuries and entertainment, but when it comes to putting our money into what will matter for the benefit of all beings on this planet , when we are suddenly "lacking".

In an equal money system we would not allow this. The priority is here on earth, this situation has to be sorted out before we even think about having some tourists flying into space for millions. Those tourists have made millions within this money system, thus they made millions by supporting abuse. Since this money system is the cause of the abuse itself. No one is innocent.

There is this documentary called "enjoy poverty", and it is another clear example of how everything revolvs around money and people are pure slaves to it, abusing themselves and each other.
It attempts to symbolize the perversity of our own societies, the dramas and the obscure fascination we have with death.  So long as it happens far away, we can remain comforted, but only just.

Dutch artist Renzo Martens, who spent two years filming the documentary in the Democratic Republic of Congo, calls it a work of art where he  instructs the people he meets to see their poverty as a natural resource like gold or copper.  His interaction with them is detached, his voice monotone, a white man strolling through a landscape and in an environment he could not possibly ever understand and nor does he pretend to.
But unlike some documentaries about poverty and war, Enjoy Poverty presents an even  stronger commentary about the western narrative on Africa’s suffering.   The starving child, the uprooted families, the war, the famine, all these conditions that we associate with Africa come to fore - and are bought and sold for our consumption.
A photo of starving child can net 50 USD.  A photo of a wedding is worth nothing.  As such, the economy of poverty and war is a reflection of not only how we view the world but also mirrors a disturbing trend in our own societies - at least that is what this film wants us to believe.
Taken as a whole, the film works to make us (the west) acknowledge the exploitation of poverty and in a sense, it delivers that message.  However, isolated in its individual parts, the message begins to unravel by making some unsubstantiated claims on donors.
It implies that Medicines Sans Frontieres is both there to help but also to exploit.  At one point, we see MSF leaving an area that still requires aid. On shore, the camera lens follows the MSF crew as it slowly drifts away on a barge.   Left behind are the women and children. But this scene, while shocking, is not really contextualized. An MSF official offers a court response; but with no follow-up and no investigation we are forced to view the departure as an injustice. For the committed individuals at MSF, the decontextualization will surely offend.

Lets stop this abusive system, and create a new system of dignity and equality.

1 comment:

  1. I agree, we need to unfuck the Earth first before daring to put the step on the other planets. Thanks Ann!