In this world,

whenever you cross a border,
be it a physical border,
a more abstract transgression,
or anything else,
there will always be people
who will position themselves
on that demarcation line.

They will want to look at your papers,
perform a “routine” check,
do a “random” search,
and the likes.

They often have short hair,
they sometimes have tattoos,
they probably look
almost exactly like
those “criminals”
they are searching for.

The fact that they choose
to position themselves
on the line
means they are sensitive
to whatever it is
that is normal
and that is not.

However, they are afraid.

Their fear makes them stay
on the inner side of the circle.

They do not want to cross the border.


They’d like to do it, but they can’t.

It’s probably very frustrating.

So they misinterpret the word “security” (free of care) and call themselves such,
when, in fact, these are some of the most troubled people you’d ever meet.

They want to cross the line, but they can’t do it.

So their anger is channeled into
simulated authority.

They stand on the inner side of normality
guarding it against (what they call)

Anything that falls out of the pattern
is detected
and pulled back into the circle.

They are afraid,
so they want others to be afraid.

(people like excuses)

That’s why the others
should never agree
to cross the border
to the “normality”
that is not theirs.

Perhaps there should be others
who guard abnormality against normality.

Security from the other side.

Jourdan Dunn by Sean & Seng
Jourdan Dunn by Sean & Seng

The agents of otherness
those who are not afraid to cross lines
and who are not afraid of people who cross lines.
Because all this demarcation is any way just a painting.

Doesn’t really exist.

Or it only exists for those who are protecting the line.

Only evaporates into the air.

A good way to notice normality
is a very rigid pattern of behavior
exaggerated sense of authority.

When any of these behaviors are detected,
the agent of otherness
should be alert
and ready
to protect the other side of the border
from those who are afraid.

This may be done in a way that is obvious or not,
depending on the situation.

But it’s absolutely necessary that this infection of fear
does not disseminate.

Let them have their circles,
their borders,

let us have the rest
(including their circle, too).