Left: Edgar Degas, In a Café (L’Absinthe), 1875–1876, Oil on canvas, 36¼ x 27 inches; Musée d’Orsay, Paris. Right:Pablo Picasso, Portrait of Sebastià Junyer i Vidal, 1903, Oil on canvas, 49-3/4 x 37 inches; Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
If you look at the world and say “Yes, there are enough homes for people, yes, there is enough food for people, but if we give it away for free they won’t have earned it and the economy will collapse.” Then you have chosen money (a constructed medium of exchange) over living beings who only want to continue living in peace and safety.
And I have no qualms telling you, that is the wrong choice, and you have been brainwashed by this destructive, exploitative system.
In Brueghel’s panorama of smoke and slaughter
Two people only are blind to the carrion army:
He, afloat in the sea of her blue satin
Skirts, sings in the direction
Of her bare shoulder, while she bends,
Fingering a leaflet of music, over him,
Both of them deaf to the fiddle in the hands
Of the death’s-head shadowing their song.
These Flemish lovers flourish; not for long.
Yet desolation, stalled in paint, spares the little country
Foolish, delicate, in the lower right-hand corner.
(Two Views of a Cadaver Room
The Triumph of Death 1562
Pieter Breughel the Elder
Oil on panel