It took me a while to think about the photos that will come. It’s a sequence of photos about the Jews in NY. How they keep their strong traditions apart from this boiling ground of different cultures. NY is probably the best example of a mixed culture city but that doesn’t mean the cultures are blended together. The walls are everywhere. Some face inward and others outward and that’s a natural behavior. The Big Apple is in fact a Big Brain full of cultural synapses enabling people from all over the world to live together. That’s possible because of the american constitution and no one can deny that it was built with long and exhausting dialogues. I guess the effectiveness of these dialogues gave birth to the idea of freedom of speech that came later in the first amendment. The founding fathers were able to create this method to manage governance throughout all spectrum of american lives. When I see this photo, I see millions of killed people on both edges of this sidewalk corner. Both of them represent those who suffered the worst punishments and persecutions. That’s a quiet and uncrowded neighborhood. They are brothers in pain but despite their common grief they lack of dialogue. They converge to the same corner. Instead of celebrating life nodding to each other, they just stepped fast with their own lives. Thankfully not for nothing this time because there was an armenian descendent behind the camera. Who also share a family genocide as a history background. On that corner for 3 seconds, there were 3 representatives of 3 past genocides. No dialogue, but I hope the silence of this photo can help to remember how harmful the absence of dialogue can be. Fortunately I was aware of that moment and that’s my way to talk with them. We are all brothers at this same corner of the universe and manners, gratitude, education, honesty, will to evolve, common sense, self-awareness, respect, law and last but not least, dialogue is what will make us the people.
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