STREET ART AGAINST CONSUMERISM
by Los Angeles-based artist Plastic Jesus
Glass Fracturing At 5 Million Frames Per Second
So I work at Starbucks and I went to a local store to cover someones shift, thirty minutes before my shift was over I was cleaning up for closing shift, anyways I was changing the trash bags and the this elderly black lady in her early 50’s says “I’m sorry let me get out of your way.” she moves the table and chair, I was sort of shocked because shouldn’t it be the other way around? I’m headed towards the bathrooms at this point and she was mumbling something, at the time I thought she was just talking to herself but she was talking to me the whole time. I turn around and she said something and I just agreed to it just trying to get my job done and trying not to get distracted, but this is what got my attention. She said to me “What is your name?” I replied “Mergim” She then said “How long did that take to answer?” I just bluntly said “About a second.” She said “Now ask me what my name is.” I asked her “What’s your name?” She then said” My name is Danalia, how long did that take for me to answer?” I said the same thing ” About a second.” She then said “Do you want to know why I asked you that?” I asked “Why?” She said “Because if it takes longer than a second to answer a question aren’t you up to something? Why should it take longer than a second to tell someone your name unless you’re hiding something or you’re up to something devious.” I thought about it all day and it hit me, why do we take long to answer certain questions that are directed to us regardless whether it is personal or not, because it shows we are actually hiding something we don’t want others to know, or answering a question we’re scared to openly tell someone because of privacy or even guilt. It makes you think, just a simple question and you can figure out so much about a person without even really knowing the answer.