[See more about this piece at http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2012/02/suspended-together/]
ART.PEACE.CONFLICT – humans “suspended together” on our planet, home.
Everywhere I look, I see connectors to building peace, and dividers further entrenching conflict.
There was a man in the coffee shop, angry on his phone, not engaging with the barista trying to take his order, ignoring her, other than for her to serve him.
He was cursing into his phone about a late delivery of construction supplies (in Spanish accented English). Loud enough the other barista had to ask him to keep it down. Another customer loudly mocked “ay caramba.”
The layers of complexities of conflict and human interaction.
I see scenes like this and I can’t but help believe the realist part of me that says humans have a natural propensity toward conflict and violence, but the peace person also inside of me, scrounging for hope and meaning, questions that view.
Then I sit here drinking my coffee reading a book about the Bosnian genocide, wondering if peace in this world is even a remote possibility.
Then I think about the fact that if I don’t ultimately believe in that remote possibility, what is the point of even being here…and I think about Manal Al Dowayan’s peace doves and remind myself that I’m not fighting alone, the power of art.