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Propaganda

Take the man seriously! See what happens? History repeats itself. No matter the winner of the American election, there is a huge mass of fascists among us. Stupidity is extremely dangerous and time has come to stop laughing about it.

I am afraid. Human rights and decency are taken from granted by most intellectuals to the point of neglecting their teaching to the less fortunate. Politicians, as I mentioned in this article, are fond of herds and encourage fanaticism towards their party, like the one of sport fans. Their rhetoric is still demagogical, revealing a mindset in which voters are nothing but a mob. Unfortunately, as this election shows us, they still are.

Dividing to rule continues to be the credo of both intellectual snobbery and politics. Non-educated voters search for identity in their leaders, vulnerable to the feeling of being related to them as close as possible. Dictators and thugs are instinctively aware of this, embracing the theatrical part as people’s souls while climbing to the top. All they have to do is naming an enemy to blame for the mob’s disgrace.

The farming of fanatics must have an end. Genuine democracy leaders must invest in ethical education, defending the values of human rights and empathy. Intellectuals must become humble and conduct their energies to efficient communication of the pragmatics to basic human respect.

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Blankets

A few days ago I started to design blankets to the Home & Living section of my Etsy shop. While doing this, thoughts came up about cosiness and emotional shelter, also about Linus from Charles Shulz’s Peanuts. Now and then, we all feel insecure and in need of warmth.

From a long time I’ve thought of trying to live on designs for t-shirts, mugs and stationery, but objects like blankets, pillows and dog tags never crossed my mind. The universe of emotional attachment to objects fascinates me. The objects we choose both become an extension of our identity as a solid, concrete anchor to ground our existence, like Linus’ blanket. It is a thrill to become a designer of such powerful sources of emotional health.

Blankets might be the most obvious symbol of the role of objects in our lives. We depend on them to face the harsh hail of daily life.