More and more of my town is looking empty. Businesses are closing down, retail properties are losing their tenants. While painting this picture, I considered putting the words, “Rent This Space,” or “This Space For Rent” on the billboard. Finally I decided to leave it blank. Atlanta has many blank billboards now, advertising nothing at all.
Oftentimes in the media, newspeople talk about the economic crisis as though it were a natural phenomenon, like a drought or a flood. They speak about it as though no one really caused this to happen, as though it were not a human invention. But it is, of course.
It’s just one of those things to be categorized as an “institutional truth.” You know, the things that are only true because we all agree that they are. The economy, the scale of human worth, money itself… all of these things are figments of our collective imagination.
When I get too wrapped up in these fictions, I often look to the sky. THERE is something real. Gigantic natural forces at work, bigger and older than all of us: things that have long existed before any of us human beings, and will continue to exist long after we are all gone.
- Space for Rent: motherjones: Well said, Tom. (bigstarlet.tumblr.com)