It Was A Bit Weird
Doing something like that is not your everyday endeavor. It’s troubling to say the least. Because all of a sudden you have to question assumptions about things you’ve taken for granted your entire life. Traditions, expectations, behaviors, all of it goes out the window. While you’ve got a bunch of nerds sitting there with binders full of protocols telling you to talk about math or physics like that’s all that matters, that’s all we have in common.
I think that’s bullshit.
I remember reading the biography of one of the negotiators, not some big name, but he was a diplomat who ultimately was instrumental in the opening and re-emergence of North Korea. His entire, and I hate to say ploy, but tactic was to just treat them like he would any other person. So he was sharing photos and talking about his kids and getting them to do the same. For months and at every opportunity he got he worked the soft power angle. He recognized a commonality that extends throughout all life - we beget more.
So I had to tell the pencil-necks to shove it. And went out there in an ill-fitting suit, probably as a result of me calling the technicians pencil-necks. They’re really not, but sometimes as good people and as smart as they are, they’re too close to the science to see the bigger picture. I dragged along pictures of my kids, who weren’t talking to me at the moment but then when you’re concentrating on first contact things tend to get left undone. And I took out a bbq.
There was a cooler with beer, hot dogs and all the mixings. I figured, man we could try the science route but it isn’t who we are, it’s not how I was raised and it doesn’t say much about humanity. So when we met, we sat, we drank, we ate, we talked. Turns out they’re not so bad themselves, but who puts mayo on a hot dog?
Today’s art is courtesy of J.C Park from Hamburg, Germany.