The newsletter for the website Väggen försvinner / The Wall Disappears

Monday, November 3, 2014

November - Are you normal?

Today Väggen försvinner turns 1 year and is yet still only in the beginning of the beginning, because as Bob Dylan sings,”it's not dark yet, but it's getting there”.

In 1970 the movie The Conformist exposed the core of the concept normal as an ingredient in the rule of fascist Italy, and this ideal of normalcy has survived and is no longer associated with fascism.

To conform, to be normal, is still the core of the Western society today. The result is that vital questions disappear, as in the case with the Banksy painting, as well as the messengers that are a threat to the conformity must be killed, as in the movie Kill the Messenger.

Yet to dissolve this system of suppression we need to keep asking questions and discuss them openly. How can this system be successfully declared as a democracy at the same time as it is promoted as the only possible worldview?

Citizenfour is a documentary about Edward Snowden and the mass surveillance he disclosed in 2013. What will happen next? Who will be the next whistleblower/victim of this so called democratic system?

Prince and 3RDEYEGIRL give an upbeat message about shifting from the conformity in their song Fixurlifeup: ”when you’re just another brick in the misogynistic wall of noise … don’t worry about what the crowd does, just worry about being good at what you love”.

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