How does the shown object point to a better world?
This is a poster from Oman ministry of health. “keep distance to avoid infection by COVID-19 ”. The picture is funny. It’s just like an about-to-kiss posture at the first glance. I am a working-visa holder in Muscat, Oman, an acient islamic country. But I am from China, “born under the red flag”. I was quite ignorant, at the same time, sensitive about religion. I know homosexuality is a taboo for many religions and cultures. On the contrary, as one of the millennial generation, I am a BL fanfiction writer. So the picture gave me a contradictory tension (and it made me laugh). I kept wondering when “taboo” meets “global crisis”, how could they suddenly dispelled by an amusing illustration without any aesthetics. Currently I am stuck at Muscat away from Home for nearly a year. The picture to me is like a spiritual placebo. Its text struggles with epidemic. Its image fights surprisingly for gender minorities. Its existence gives me an ambiguous hope and ease. A better world should be like this. Responsible, equal, but not monotonous.
This is how I imagine a better world:
A better world for me is like when we get a little drunk, we forget the painful memories and open our hearts to surrounding. No one will take kindness as hypocrisy. No one deny anyone’s ideas. Time counts every seconds. We open to each other, embracing contradictions, imperfections, and even absurd. So in this world, we won’t be so careful. Life will be easy, life will make a room for possibility.