When indifference becomes the dominant ethical form, a blind society reproduces itself without any progress. Stereotyped rituals made of secular cultural layers legitimize the repeated and undisturbed application of multiple forms of slavery. Come back to see means to challenge this complex system based on common and differentiated domain practices, through a critical reading of what simply appears - by definition - normal. Identification, analysis and recognition of components connected to a powerful system of generalized and normalized violence.
Normal is the absurd that we are no longer able to recognize, hidden under the guise of a blind acceptance.Each year in Italy, our streets are home to itinerant circuses with animals. City hung with gaudy posters celebrating the success of public and announcing ever new extensions of the shows going on. Flyers that ensure a reduction on the cost of tickets are distributed outside schools, or left on the windshields of cars.It’s normal to pay for attending the detention of an individual through the bars of a cage, the exhibition of a horse running in circles and jumping at every whiplash; laughing at the clumsy parade of a poodle dressed in a tutu, or an exotic snake locked in a trunk.It 's normal to involve children in performances which become vehicles of an education to disrespect, promotig the misunderstanding of cruel messages and conditions of suffering; mixing laughter and injustice, urging an amused response to images that contain, otherwise, pain and discomfort.
Many slogans suggest that one day at the circus is worth a thousand documentaries. Why do we accept and pass on this information, without first asking ourselves what kind of knowledge can actually result from a kind of relationship that is modeled on the artifice of captivity?
During this investigative experience in Rome, circus workers show me pictures of some tiger cubs born a few months ago. Photographs taken through barriers and fences, just like mine. But they do not see those barriers anymore. Enthusiastic and proud, they tell me of animals that have born and grown up in the circus for over four generations; as if it couldn’t be otherwise, as if they couldn’t live anywhere else. In this way, humans transfer and attach directly to the animals what is their personal need to defend the status quo. It 's normal: the self-fiction is the only really acceptable in a microcosm closed in itself.
We are used to meet cages and walls everywhere, between human animals as among those not human. These are now an integral part of our social environment conditioning, as powerful filters, the way we look at things. These suffocate us, crush us: we must not continue to build them forever. We know that is not right, but we continue to do so:obviously, normality and justice do not coincide. Blindness is the inability to imagine an alternative; a black vision that promotes the use and abuse of other individual’s body and its annihilation for recreational purposes and profit. Anthropocentrism, the ideology of domination at its best, which denies any form of connection with the different, encouraging us to enrich us with suffering, instead of vital respect.
It’s urgent to return to see: from the resigned justification of appearances to the understanding of what, below, gradually disappeares. Where the view is not coming. The individual. Violated; condemned to be anything but what it is. To belong to everyone but itself.