Riding the metro.
Old man by the door. Old coat.
Suddenly he begins to talk, loudly, turning himself towards the other passagers, so much emotion in his voice.
“I´m against the war. I´m against imperalism!” he says. He repeats it a couple of times. People nod. Train stop.
He dissapears in the crowd.
This will be the image I will remember Paris by.
“Be effective” said Abigail in the comments. I thought about it a lot. It was a good thing to think about. How to stay focused in the midst of all of this… confusion.
Now I´m doing video diaries from the climate summit for danish newspaper Information. This is my first.
I´m staying at the legendary bookstore Shakespeare & Company.
In the day the place is crwoded with people, costumers, in the nights I sleep among the books. This place is the epicentre of the litterary beat generation, they found a way to creatively critize the status qou, they changed litterature, I sleep in the same beds, I touch the same books, I connect myself with history, all of this spirit, the spirit!
My sanctuary be the books, but of course. Also when dealing with climate change and activism we need to talk about the stories we tell, what we repeat, whats hidden in the shadows… so it makes sense for me, it makes so much sense. I sleep by the Notre Dame, I read Anais Nin:
“Now the will to create, or creative will, which pursues the artist and haunts the artist I found to be applicable to our individual life, to our personal life, as it to a work of art.
That is, we do have a will, a possibility, and a potential to change ourselves, and doing that is not an egocentric or turned-in activity. It is an avtivity that ultimately affects, influences and transforms and entire community.
So I feel the great changes in the world will come from a great change in our consiousness. We have to become more aware; we must not despair”
All is connected.
We are all connected.
Past connected to now, future, strangers connected to the most private, all of the trees, all of the skies, activists in Paris, off gridders in Canada, climate summit, daily life, old man in the train, me, I think I´m having revelations…. I think this experience is changing me.
Ps. Coincidently ended up the midst of the french anarchist community last night, my gods, what an experience!