I arrived in Taiwan a week ago and of my time in Taiwan so far, seeing a protest in Taipei really triggered my passions, because it’s refreshing to see people being supported by the government to create positive change, especially having just spent 3 months in Beijing (many things are great) but its a place where I am always cautious and often warned about expressing myself regarding politics, and there people are generally unwilling to put themselves on the line, and voice their opinions in public, which is as far as I can see, in contradiction to our very human nature, and of great benefit to those who seek to successfully rule over us, ruled by force and fear or by collaboration, which will provide a better structure for those in power and those they seek to manage, giving people the responsibility to be responsible or removing that responsibility and treating people as irresponsible beings that cannot be trusted and must not be informed or have the opportunity to express their own wisdom, whether true or false.

I don’t know who this gentleman is, I guess a government or educational spokes person, (I attempted to find out, but no such luck) it is a heroic thing really, to be on the street and speak directly, to be accountable to other people, in a vulnerable way, I believe it is an effective way to connect directly for a decision maker to better know if what they think is correct, as opposed to those who drive for a top down, disconnected approach, assuming they have such experience and wisdom to know what is best for those with diverse and often extreme circumstances, enforcing their opinions on the masses and in some countries not alowing them to object to things that are forced upon them, that is a kind of insanity, there is a saying that goes, “a wise man knows he is stupid”, I believe this reveals the opposite to be true too, that a person who thinks he is wise is actually stupid, we are all wise at certain things and stupid at others, anyone who cannot see this, I suggest is verging on insane, not really a problem, unless they are responsible for the lives of people, such as political and corporate figures.

I don’t believe the main problem is with there being people in power that think this way, but rather that we often individually think our opinions are facts, if we can allow a small amount of openness and doubt in what our imaginative brains think and listen to others, then those we spend time with will also start to listen, and perhaps one day leaders will also.

Thanks for reading, Sam

Author: Sam

I'm a multi-media artist, working with drawing, painting, textiles and motion expression, I have been living in Asia for the last 6 years, I'm originally from Wales, in the UK, thanks for seeing my work, please get in touch if you'd like to discuss, my works are available to buy from my shop. Please consider supporting my work, you can purchase something from my shop, all support is greatly appreciated.

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