Love Aesthetics

November 14, 2016



image & words / Ivania

Apocalyptic – is how I would describe the now. But there is a subtle positive note that deserves to be mentioned: strong messages of peace, equality, love and caring for the environment are overflowing my social media feeds. It is like a wave of positive visions and wishes for the future. This wave is bigger than the one in June right after Brexit happened.

If this global mess incites people to take a clear stand for their values all across the world, can it be a good thing in disguise?

These crazy, intense, radical events like Brexit and Trump for president are obviously the last gasps of a dying breed of fascist, capitalist men in power. Their last, overdone battle for the throne. This is not their beginning, this is their end. I think these bold, exaggerated, extreme events will cause a contrast, a reaction, just as big and extreme in the form of love.

We’ve all seen the numbers, Trump nor Hillary would have been elected if only Millenials got to Vote. There would be no Brexit if only millennial got to vote. Millennials are the ones who will have to live with the consequences of today’s decisions the longest.

There is the argument that the people you follow (your friends, family, the people you admire) share similar opinions. Thus everyone lives inside a social media bubble surrounded by likeminded people. That might explain why I rarely see any pro-Trump (or Wilders – the Dutch version) articles on my feeds and in turn Trump supporters might also rarely see views other than their own on their feeds. But my point is a bit different than that. Friends and people that I follow who never have spoken out, have always been inactive or never seemed to care about politics are now taking a clear stand for their values. They are articulating very loudly, clearly and explicitly that they want a society with freedom and respect for everyone regardless of color, gender, sexual orientation, beliefs, origin.

Deconstruct and reconstruct, creation = destruction, right?
Creating something new simultaneously means destroying something old. Something fresh, new, different, that has not yet been, means destroying the old, the typical, the now. Wouldn’t it be great if these crazy developments are signs of an old, outdated system breaking? Will the next step be a positive contra action? I sure hope it unfolds (backfires) that way. I’m hoping that the consequence will be a peace movement à la 1960s.

So let’s continue, don’t let anything contaminate your views, spread positive vibes and love harder!

Meanwhile, while we -the biggest parasites on earth- keep arguing about money, skin color, about how other humans with the same kind of genitals can’t put a ring on each others finger, imaginary geographical lines, drilling up black liquids etc… and ignore the realest problem: our beautiful planet urgently needs to be fixed!


Some things I want to share
/ Alan Watts about possible positive consequences of misfortune
/ History might tell us what may happen next with Brexit & Trump
/ Angela Merkel’s requirements
/ This graph
/ For my fellow Dutchies: Proof that our ‘tolerant’ country isn’t doing great either. Joyce, wat een heldin ben je.
/ Meanwhile, we’ve past the carbon tipping point

This were just my two cents on the world’s current mess. Posting only about relatively unimportant things -like the aesthetic side of life- has been increasingly difficult for me. Even with a background in journalism, I’ve tried (unsuccessfully) to avoid all news, it is so upsetting I can not function. After a video from Syria I need a two hour crying-break from my life. Perhaps I’m too sensitive. This is turning into an even longer rant. Okay bye.



  1. Lisa Galesloot says:

    too sensitive doesn’t exists. thanks for this.

  2. Maja says:

    I loved to read your two cents. And I believe you are right. At least I hope so.

    //Maja – Denmark

  3. Deb Mattson says:

    Thanks from an older American. You’re an admirable and intelligent young woman; I appreciate your comments.

  4. aart says:

    How about Biomimicry as source of inspiration to life? Thats a source to design, to love and natural aesthetics. It includes sutainability and connection in many ways
    🙂 Aart

  5. Tucker says:

    I don’t do social media but this blog is one of the few I check on. This kind of article from you makes me understand why.
    ,Thanks from the U.S.

  6. Liia says:

    Felt it like if i was trying to explain those things to myself, thanks a lot!

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