An experience of togetherness, a cluster of equalityOmar Rajeh
We are not alone. The whole planet seems to be going through a collective reflection. As if we were travelling at the speed of light and suddenly came to a halt. Derailed and alienated, squeezing ourselves in buses and metros, rushing out of our laptops to jump into our mobiles, we now realize that it is not possible to keep on running after time without a moment of reflection. We suddenly look out of our small windows to recognize the colors of Spring that we missed last year. Smelling warmth inside our homes, we question the system that govern our lives, and our relationships to each other.
Coronavirus, not only, gave us a hint about the future consequences of neglecting urgent measures, but also proposed a moment of difficulties shared and felt all over the World. Sarcastically, a moment of real solidarity and concern. It is here where we need to start. These critical moments in hospitals are a motivation to rethink our essentials and our priorities of living. The boring moments at home are a motivation to be, to act, and to question. We get busy making better streets, bigger companies, wider investments, securing a better and comfortable life, while we must not forget to give meaning to this life, and live it.
The real fight of culture is to formulate a new perception beyond the fixed labels of power and domination. An ecological as well as a human discourse. One that fight all the other ‘viruses’ that were contaminating our lives and relationships. Viruses that are grounded by insecurity and supremacy. For this reason, culture and thought need to renew themselves outside of the current economic, political and social oppositions. We need to free ourselves from absurd fights over resources, religious beliefs, cultural backgrounds, and ethnic differences. The real battle is against supremacy in all its forms, against fixed and static centers that control our World. We think of political prisoners, of artists that were banned and prosecuted, of cultural centers closed, of individuals living in poverty and fear, of communities under threat and deprived of their own free choices of life. Cultural discourse has a major role to play, a responsibility to renew itself and come back in a more engaged, attentive, and inspiring purpose. ‘Spaces of inspiration’ that embrace an urgent critical discourse resumed to the individual and immediate interactions of everyday life.
The shock of the ‘virus’ will certainly impose a ‘refresh’ and an ‘update button’ on the priorities of life, and where are we heading. What we could experience today and project into the future is a cluster(s) of centers, of provocative moments in the space of our World. ‘Points of stimulation’ that are not in a competitive mode but rather in an urgency and interactive mode that follows the essential. The essential in this case remains, care and concern. We are not alone and we are all equal. In other words, it is an opportunity to capitalize on culture, on meaning, and on solidarity. Good intentions are not enough and it is an opportunity today to be in solidarity through real experience. It might be an advantage for all of us to be together sharing a force majeure of cultural events cancellations, because there were other force majeure before in few places in the World and words of solidarity were not enough to save the voice of culture and arts.