More on writing and on the value of words.
Musings on coins.
One of the tasks set to me while I worked full time for the postal service was to deliver IKEA catalogs every year to those who had no objections to receiving piles of advertisements in their mailbox every week. As I had to drag these rather heavy things around for most of the week one did grow curious about the exact content of their glossy pages. So I did have a peek or two, page after page filled with pictures of rooms that looked almost lived in, furnished with IKEAs best products.
I am blessed in that I live in a country where higher education, meaning any studies after high school is free. When I say free I mean that there are no high fees or tuition to simply attend a class at a university or college. Financing your studies is a whole different matter.
Sometimes I wonder how much we truly benefit from this free access to college and university level classes, even more so when they have opened up to let more people attend than before, introducing new laxer requirements for certain groups. Let me stress that I do think that a free higher education is a good thing; I cannot help but compare myself with friends in the USA who in some cases never could even dream of college because of the costs. If you have the desire and ambition to go to college or a university I do think that this should be an alternative for everyone. But that is not where I find myself stumbling.
Now that I have joined the vast community of creative individuals that work and practice in the world today I can’t help but take a closer look at it, pick out the slight differences that exist in what we produce and what gets readily consumed by the public. The arts, which is what I like to call everything that we all produce, whether it is traditional art, comics, literature, music, more cinematic endeavors or something else altogether all have different penetrating power and different appeal. What is the most common form of culture that we serve up to the masses? And what does that say about us as a creative community and society at large?
Back from a trip and this one poem really screamed at me to share it, it must have something to do with my mood right now.