Wednesday, 28 March 2007

Walking, not following (since Ice Age)


After searching creatures who would have respect for him Syd finally finds a large group willing to worship him in a sort of ritual scene in ‘Ice Age 2’ [directed by Carlos Saldanha]. He is delighted and worried at the same time. It is either too good or too bad, says Syd. Needless to tell the rest of the story.

The message is delivered in a very funny way, as the whole film. And how smart! It also serves as a reminder of the perils of managing power and a large amount of followers (or even a single one). Any kind of follower.

Actually following something or someone seems to have nothing to do with respect. But in some way they are seen as being intertwined. As respect is so hard to get nowadays people try to gather as many followers to gain some sort of control and, they might think, respect. A tricky path (un)consciously taken.

Syd stumbles and slides as he walks. Aside from a style his steps help us know him better. He’s got a playful way of living, which enables him not only to survive but also to learn. About anything that matters, including the risks of following the steady footprints of others.

Sunday, 25 March 2007

Heroes: so many, so less


And so it goes...
Here we have a politician (rather than a president) who calls any single category, the adressed-of-the-day, as a hero. Might be Ministers or businessmen, blue collar workers or survivors of the urban violence. In our meaningless reality no one seems to complain. Let them be heroes. But why is that so appealing for him to say such a weakened word?

In the TV series ‘Heroes’ those so called have special abilities: mind reading, flying, foresseing the future and so on. But they are more inner oriented than compassive or trying-to-help people. What is left of old good heroes? Were they captured by the individualistic wave as well?

Sounds like myths. Or classics, divas, best bands... Heroes as devoid of meaning and heart. A label to catch audiences not to be caught so easily any more. Just another trick, just another tasteless device?

When you stroll around your town you may find many heroes along the way. You won’t recognize them though. They lack chances to reveal themselves. And a proper window or screen. And what is more, they lack naming.