Sunday, October 14, 2012

"Culture Is Resistance"


Three more different protest events against new cuts and more taxes - which will be impossible to pay! - announced by this government for 2013 took place in Lisbon yesterday (as well as in other cities from north to south). People simply can't take any more austerity, this country's economy will be ruined soon.
This time I decided to support culture as it has never been so neglected as it is now. I took this shot when the Portuguese Symphony Orchestra was performing. Writers, poets, actors, movie directors, dancers, musicians, singers, bands have raised their voices on this stage.
 
Culture is the people's soul
Fernando Pessoa
 
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By the way,
Exactly when an economic war is going on in the Euro zone and just one country is in command, when the EU shows total incapacity for dealing with the crisis, when some governments are fighting their own people, the Swedish Academy decided to award the European Union with the Nobel Peace Prize.
No comments.
 
(Web image)

P.S.  It's Norway that gives out the Peace Prize and Sweden gives out the other Nobel Prizes. Thank you, Ladyfi.

23 comments:

Cezar and Léia said...

ahhh Fernando Pessoa, words of wisdom!
Léia

黄清华 Wong Ching Wah said...

Everywhere, people vs the government! Why!

Cathy Hudspeth said...

The world is in a very difficult place. It is good to know we are all in it together; wish everyone knew that fact.

Honest Abe said...

I truly believe the system of things in this country, taxes pays the bills, has run its course. There has to be a better way for everyone.

Fill your mind with Mind Stuffers

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

I am surprised that there are not more demonstrations around the world in view of the challenges facing people and governments for years.

Birdman said...

Everybody's up in arms these days. I say relax... count to 10.

JM said...

@Birdman: How can people relax when many have no more money to feed their children? We've been counting to 10 for too long!

Sharon said...

The irony of that award was not lost on me.

Sylvia K said...

Peace Prize??? And, yes, we have been counting to 10 for too long! It is truly sad to see our world in the mess that it is and the people that are responsible still claiming they have all the answers!! I don't think so!!! Great post and reminder, JM!

Halcyon said...

I don't understand why the EU won either. And who will get the prize money? Definitely an odd choice.

ArtandArchitecture-SF.com said...

Touche - It is a strange time we live in.

Virginia said...

Having seen the devastation and frustration in Greece via our blog friend Costas (Nature Digital), it is sad to see it being repeated in so many countries JM. So sad and we are helpless to do anything!
V

PinkPanthress said...

I am still in shock that we (the EU) got this year's Nobel Peace Price, such a farce!

I know it won't change a thing, but I wish with all my heart that we all as humans start to think before we talk or act. :(

Kay said...

Death by a thousand cuts.

Randy said...

Amazing post. This is what I fear if we end up electing a new president, cuts and taxes. I hope that things change for every ones sake.

ladyfi said...

Europe is facing so many challenges.

By the way, it's Norway that gives out the Peace Prize and Sweden gives out the other Nobel Prizes.

Stefan Jansson said...

Ha, you need to get your facts right my friend. The Peace Price has nothing to do with the the Swedish Academy.

☆•.¸.Mildred.¸.•☆ said...

Tão triste ver tanta gente aflita!
Nem sei que dizer nem pensar! O futuro parece tão obscuro!

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Um beijo e feliz semana, JM****

Jack said...

Your photograph is excellent, JM.

Joan Elizabeth said...

So many prizes and awards go to weird winners. This is another example. I don't get it.

Dina said...

So much unrest and lack of peace in Europe this year, the Prize seems to come at a very strange time.

Gunn said...

I guess I as well as most people here in Norway do not understand WHY it could happen......
I would have voted for other candidates.
I am not a politician, but this little group of voters can not have followed the news on TV.

And who will collect the prize in Oslo???
Time will show:) !!

Stickup Artist said...

This is seriously distressing. Why on earth would a peace prize be awarded to states that have inflicted so much hardship and damage on the very populations they are there to protect, support, and uplift. Seems to me the people should get the peace prize for not (yet) having "stormed the Bastille." It remains to be seen what policies emerge after our upcoming election here in the U.S.