Night

Vincent van Gogh
Café Terrace at Night
1888
Oil on canvas
Kröller-Müller MuseumOtterlo

The city is silent

I walk up and down

This place seems abandoned

No movement, no sound.

Tall houses of bricks

Stand up from the ground

The street lights are cold,

No movement, no sound.

Two brothers in arms,

A bum and a hound,

Sleep down on the pavement

No movement, no sound.

A worker emerges

And throws them a pound,

The poor stand together,

No movement, no sound.

And me? Why I’m here?

And what have I found?

The world is the same,

No movement, no sound.

Can We Really Break The Cycle?

Georges Seurat. A Sunday on La Grande Jatte — 1884, 1884/86. Helen Birch Bartlett Memorial Collection.
Art Institute ChicChicago

Can we start living outside the norms and obligations of societies, beyond the prejudices, the mass consumption patterns?

The only thing I can say about my life right now is that I am tired. Tired of running in circles, tired of running away, tired of struggling for things that will most probably never make me happy.

For many of us it is time to redifine their way we think, to learn the function of generosity, the role of a good, long break, to learn to say no when we have to, to cherish everything that life gave us, and to build with what we have. We live under the umbrella of fear and division, we live to serve others, constanlty ingest what we are given, never doubt.

We drag ourselves from one paycheck to another, from one loan to another. Every year we buy year new gadgets without even learning how to use the old ones. We travel to escape our lives, then we return to find ourselves trapped again. We try to evade life and death alike. In a world where everything falls into the hands of private bussineses, society will only feed basic needs, never ensure security to its people, never create free citizens. Is this what we’ve become so proud of? Is that what we actually need from life?

What can we do then?

Tackling social policies and cultural prejudices would be a part of the answer.

Living for a clear, achevable goal and having the right expectations would be another.

Telling the stories we want to tell, telling them out loud, and giving other people the courage they need, will always help.

Discliplining ourselves to push our own imaginary boundaries and find the strenght to pursue our dreams would be ideal.