I am sitting in a café, and seem to be having a flashback to the time when agrowspace was created in Austin, TX. I literally sat there sketching for three weeks, filling sketchbooks and typing notes. I was in a similar place as I am trying to sift through watching Americans walking around in a coffee shop, seemingly oblivious to people and in that wonderful state of hyperfocus where all the thoughts or synching and coming together about an idea.
“are you in the military?”
“no ma’am, I deal with the other side of feeding people or making them laugh.”
the woman then looks at me again and asks, “are you a police officer?”
“no ma’am, I wasn’t kidding about the guns and butter. I work on the butter side of life.”
I am not sure what or why the woman came over to talk to me. but I was a bit taken back when she asked about guns, carrying guns and other things. “ma’am, I live in a country where everyone has machine guns, yet, there is scant gun violence. what I am doing here is watching the people walk by and around and trying to make sense of American culture and how people live. what I don’t understand is why are people so scared and afraid since 9-11?”
“because there are more assholes” was her honest response. “I carry a gun with me" was added for some effect i did not understand.
there are certain parts of the united states where you do carry guns. mainly in the middle of nowhere. the wild west where lawlessness can and does happen. as I think about it. the police presence in the states is a type of membrane to keep the society from falling into anarchy. if the people had a massive freak out – well, let’s not even go there with the possibilities with humans acting inhumanely.
I sat and listened to the woman chat about life, then she grabbed my boob to show me what a man did to her and why she carries a gun. last night on the infamous “mule staring at a new barn gate moment I had with my sister in law and botched, there were women grabbing boobs, so I asked the woman, “is this some new greeting where people grab each other’s boob in the states?”
I know this will sound odd, but I guess I must have some sort of presence that people feel ok coming up and sharing their thoughts with. but I heard the tale of attempted break-ins, sexual assault, heart attacks and then aneurysm. that is when it all clicked and perhaps there is some lasting damage in her mind. It is not every day you get your breast tweaked in a Starbucks, and truth be told, my brain was staying focused even though usually, this type of chat would distract me.
“I can see and have had this conversation about guns in the west, in various parts of the world, but I didn’t think I would ever have one in a town near Gettysburg, where they make more chocolate kisses than bullets. it seems surreal.”
Then I went into my thoughts and watching what the “norm” of life is like in the states and confirming that it is time to take a shot at creating some small, higher quality ideas and protecting them from the ravages of “scale it up and suck all the ROI you can by diluting the product!” and the trend where brand loyalty is dying in the states. it seems like an oxymoron, where everyone talked about brand, yet, there is no loyalty. I wager you can simply create a company that just makes up brands and shoots them out like a Vulcan cannon into the public – and be successful.
my job is to take all the technology and ideas and create a place where people can grow and eat nutritious non-pesticide food grown anywhere and in any climate on the planet - year round, or sit in spaces to un-jam the noise of the world…
seems like a recipe for failure with what I am seeing while watching people and listening to consumers. yet, I there was a conversation with a guy that
so I get a refill and one of the Starbucks employees was in line and we started to chat. I guess the cultural diversity classes happened and she was a bit shocked that such a thing would have to be taught.
I asked, “what happened to common sense between humans treating humans like human beings?”
she looked at me, shrugged her shoulders and replied, “I don’t know if common sense exists right now in America?”
perhaps that is why I am amazed and wonder about the declaration of independence, “all men are created equal.”
seems pretty easy to grasp when I read it. it also has me worry about our future in the country. the reason being is that the land of the free and home of the brave, really is turning into the land of the scared and afraid.
my question is, “what are people so afraid of?”