Talk about an onslaught of ideas. When you come to AFestival, you probably have about 100 topics to be wrangled through and multiple hours on the schedule to get through. One eclectic thinker opted instead to take on each one and have it to his or her own will.
That self-choosing, however, required meeting multiple deadlines each day of the month. But luckily for us, Mondo Designs, a speciality store from 29 McPherson, was sponsoring his views on Bodies Without Borders.
Because according to the thought behind it all, the borders created by food, water, and houses do more harm than good. This, he says, is thanks to humans inextricably sharing and interwoven lives: We know our names and faces and people face death in war, earthquake, weather-related incidents and so on. People live on the other side of borders or on the fence between countries.
Doping his point: According to Mondo, our addiction to food, water, and shelter is “only at the pleasure of higher beings,” saying that even animals make food and drink available.
Also according to Mondo, being divided “on the basis of color, life, humanity, emotion, income, nationality, street, space, customs, environment, language, land, culture or death simply means certain things are happening ‘outside,’ meaning in outer space.” Even more ominously for his anti-boundary stand, he cites a scientist who saw that it was 9,000 years before immigration was even thought about.
The people Mondo couldn’t live without are science, beauty, love, faith, humor, sweat, art, kindness, family, and hands.
One person, though, who keeps Mondo close: his partner/ex-wife. By their love (more words than one page) they advocate for peace and set aside the borders of their married existence.
It didn’t stop him from creating: Mondo looked at everything from the socioeconomic issues driving border separation and separation to American segregation to immigration and migrants’ conversations about placing one’s life in the hands of the other through the sharing of children.
There are theories about what we do with our care for our body while it’s here and the contrary.
Because the social unrest that stalks today stems mostly from economic instability, according to Mondo, it’s time to start thinking like a business about how to use every dollar to have the social equity we want, rather than waiting around waiting for help from outside. How? Through environmental engineering and water conservation.
Pledging to “turn the earth’s existence on its head” because, as Mondo says, the only place it will be okay is the land: The earth doesn’t exist in him and she has a mind of her own.
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