Saturday, May 12, 2012

“Gang fight, gang fight, the gang is down to fight!”

The song is rather beautiful, except for a few lyrics. For instance, it seems to me a little exaggerated to call Kenya a ‘hopeless place’. Even more so when the video depicts a completely satisfactory situation.

The lack of all kinds of technology isn’t sufficient grounds for hopelessness, even when we, the ‘developed world’, have people who cannot function properly without technology. The fact that some of us cannot, does not mean that it applies to everyone, especially when those others are not used to using a smartphone or checking the vastness of the Internet every day. They are not hopeless when they can live like they have for decades.

Another thing is using that situation for financial gain. Going there, playing a little violin, making a video of it and then selling it on iTunes?

Sure, it is better than donating a ton of money and then yelling all about it over public media, and it is a sure-fire way to benefit the people living there by giving them a pleasant day or week. After all, donations don’t always reach the people.

“Usually, when there are people going hungry, there’s a guy with a gun making it happen.” – from “Burn Notice: The Fall of Sam Axe”

But at the very least the music is good.

I am Alpha and Omega,
the beginning and and of the end,
I start and I finish
I am inevitable.
Hence my life is a circle
that has been bound together
with the circles of others.

And that goes quoted only when you share it. It is mine, all mine! “Muahahahahahaaa! So, you know, that’s coming along.”

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