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I heart OST Berlin

May 26, 2010

There is something truly magical for me about the city of East Berlin. I have always been enamored by the city and urban space itself. Historically, cities have always been a safe haven for radicals, punks, the addicted, homosexuals, queers, and artists. Enamored cannot even begin to describe the very special connection I feel to this incredible city. It is a city amongst cites it’s a top dog it massive and full of life and energy, revolutionary spirit with history seeping from the pores of everything in the city.

The city is soooooo beautiful. The art is amazing; the city is plastered with a colorful skin of graffiti mainly composed of overt political language and tags of peoples names and crews.  Right near the train station there is a vinyl sign that reads “suicide circus’ (pic coming soon) and underneath is a glorious masterpiece for all getting off the train to see.

            The city is ripe for organizing and social reproduction. Around every corner there is a park, or a plot of benches, or wide open spaces where people can picnic and relax in PUBLIC.

            Some would describe East Berlin as dirty and unclean. However, I would strongly disagree. East Berlin isn’t trashy or dirty its well used, lived in, genuinely experienced by a diverse and beautiful public. It is clearly evident that East Berlin has many many more functions than those lending towards a more capitalist nature.

            And lastly for this post….a nod to Nationalism.

If you had asked me three days ago weather or not I was an American Nationalist I would more than likely have responded with a long draw out history via Howard Zinn ultimately concluding on some ridiculous tangent about how I plan to renounce my citizenship after completing my PHD in western critical theory. However, being in EAST Berlin, seeing the wall meeting the people, and becoming acquainted with city I can see and understand the nationalistic culture surrounding the city.

Part of the wall at Potsdasmer Plotz

I have observed first hand what it is to live in a city that was once your and no longer. The architecture and the streets and even the air stand as a constant reminder of a city and a life that is no longer. I feel as though if this was my experience the city would haunt me constantly making me urn for the city that once was the city I once loved the community and the environment I was once apart of. Translating this observation to my experience as an American, I realized that REGARDLESS, of the history associated with a particular state, be it the GDR and its violent authoritarian overtones or America and its own Authoritarian overtones of slavery, genocide, and torture the country is the peoples. America, weather or not I agree with her, she is my lady, my peoples, America is my home girl, and as her friend, her brother, and comrade I owe it to her and the other people inhabiting it to constantly be there for her through better and worse. Because if America really wants to be just and be a truly incredible country she needs support help and people constantly pointing her in the right direction.

Adam Uddin (Living my Utopia)

P.S. Uncle Karl has a very comfy lap,

Uncle Karl

P.S.S.  Were going to see baby white tigers fed by bottle tomorrow at the zoo.

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7 comments

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