Riding the storm
some instructions for resistance

( a small introduction )

Lightning and low grey clouds. Brave riders. With courage. What a romantic and hopeful image the Doors conveyed with their musical work in the 70s. Even though the song Riders on the Storm begins with a rumbling thunderstorm, it is soon followed by a cheerful piano that blithely makes its way through the sound of pouring rain and thunder, and then, after a few more chords, completely imitates the natural phenomenon of "thunderstorms". With this unconcerned lightness of the piano, it then succeeds in completely displacing the storm...

The "riders in the storm" was a metaphor in the 70s for people who cannot or do not want to fit into their respective society. That is also the interpretation today. It was a matter of standing up to the storm. That was the task of the riders.
But the viewer's/listener's view of this apocalyptic scene was a view from outside, from far away, or at least far enough away. One could take in the scene with a bit of creepiness and compassion from the safety of the sofa. With a joint, of course. The future was dark, but somehow all would go on. For the promise of prosperity and progress seemed guaranteed...

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The view on the future has changed

This promise of prosperity - that was and still is part of the German identity. The promise of prosperity was the foundation of German post-war democracy.
But at some point, globally, it was only about economic prosperity - or rather, it continues to be about the promise of at least a prospect of prosperity.
In 2023, however, the question arises: Is and was the motive of "prosperity for all" only an illusion? And can the future really be about securing the prosperity that exists today?
Loss of prosperity - this is a fear that concerns many people, not only in Germany.

Read more about the shift from the distant riders to riding the storm here: (   The individual   )

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Today we are no longer watching the storm.
We are riding it.
We are the storm. We cause the storm...

That is why this scene of apocaplypsis was to be captured with a dashcam today. In the past, yes, the storm was caused by the others. Today, we can no longer deny the connection between the many crises (our present storm and our own behaviour.
Many have recognised this and have already changed their behaviour or attitude. Just as many ignore everything, hope that the cup will pass them by, bury their heads in the sand.

A few turn on full throttle. Extra. Because there is only one life. Theirs. And then there are a few who turn every crisis into a success.
This is post-modernity. It is determined by plurality.

They say, our Western plurality refers to the multiplicity of life realities or better: to the right of different life designs as a basic constitution of society.

And it is precisely this right to have different ideas about how one's life should be that evidently cannot be enforced.

At the very least, plurality enables different forms of knowledge and theoretical probabilities of various patterns of action.
This is quite contrary to the great metanarratives of modernity, which aimed at a unity of knowledge and a unified truth. But how exactly is this today? Can these different ways of life be realised at all? Does it not remain just another new promise?

Is there really diversity of opinion and a culture of debate today?

Riding the Storm means being alert. But it also means necessarily disobedience, breaking the rules, refusal and this means   resistance  .
So our view of the future has changed - shaped by our concerns about an all in all incomprehensible world. Yet we lack a shared assessment of the situation. For the more unjust and chaotic the world becomes, the clearer it becomes how polarised we are. The struggle for resources and power is rooted in our own individual greed. A trap we have set for ourselves.

From the distant rider to wearing the dashcam    please click here 

Every current situation triggers new consequences. Unpredictable and uncontrollable. That is the only victory of globalisation.

But people still think that they are helpless on their own and therefore without power. And this hiding behind one's own actions is the real tragedy. Because the small, daily, individual decisions and actions are an untapped potential of   resistance  .

To repeat: the struggle for resources and power in the big world has its roots in our own individual greed. The cause of our storm is the ineradicable idea that man can always control his own discontent with his intelligence and creativity.

The storm is thus also a symbol of the question and definition of happiness and contentment. The more unjust and chaotic the world becomes, the clearer it becomes how polarised we are. We lack a common assessment of the situation.


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