We have the beautiful capacity to greatness towards others as well as to
ourselves. But first, we must see the mirror in the monster. We get text
message jokes sent by monsters. 187 people die of food poisoning after
eating poisoned polony and we joke. An athlete murders his wife and
we send text message jokes, cattle plants and people die in our own
country and we send rain jokes. We lose our compassion.
Every time. A little.
“Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not
become a monster. And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the
abyss will gaze back into you.” Friedrich Nietzsche
Can we battle monsters with jokes? Will a text message sent in jest, feed
the relatives of all the victims? And one day our father, sister,
mother or brother gets murdered and we accidentally find one of these text
messages on our own phones – will we laugh? Will we… enjoy the joke?
There are very few people who are going to look into the mirror and
say, ‘That person I see is a savage monster;’ instead, they make up
some construction that justifies what they do. Noam Chomsky
We must try to make a stand. The monster in us must look in the
mirror, the mirror in the monster, and exorcise it. We must send
messages of compassion. We must delete messages that are seeds of
monstrosity and rather send messages of light and love back.
If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be
happy, practice compassion. Dalai Lama
Heal the world. Heal ourselves.
These photos are jokes. It is to express who we either can
be. We can be peaceful and compassionate or we can be monsters. I pray
we don’t become a generation of monsters. I pray our children do not
inherit our hard darkness from us. I pray that we shine like beacons
and bring light.
(c) 2018 Allen Wolfie Simpson
Concept: Allen Wolfie Simpson
Photographer: Hanneliese Bredell