A powerful New Year's message

These photos was taken by me at a music workshop for local women run by Sufi adept Ahmed Abdelhak Kaâb in Essaouira on Morocco's Atlantic coast. Long-standing readers will know of my love for Morocco and the ageless wisdom of its generous people. Recently TIME Magazine selected Elon Musk as its “Person of the Year”. Morocco World News put this gesture of vacuous sycophancy firmly in its place with a coruscating op-ed. Below is the conclusion from that exemplary piece of journalism which contains a powerful message not just for the classical music industry, but for all humanity. 

'In the end, perhaps Elon Musk does deserve to be “Person of the Year.” He deserves it not for any contributions he has made to humanity, he deserves it as it serves as an apt example of our current world. Indeed, Musk's brazen adulation and celebration perfectly captures a culture where pandemic responses are limited by profit-making, where business booms amid economic crisis, where vaccines are available only in certain countries, and where life-saving institutions such as the World Food Programme have to beg for money.

Elon Musk is a prime example of much of what is wrong with the world today -- a world of unapologetic individualism, where we idolize those who hoard billions of our resources while millions are left to starve.'

Comments

Recent popular posts

A Negro in front of a white symphony group? No - I'm sorry

Scott Ross and the paradox of genius

Have all the really great musicians come and gone?

...and the musicians were paid £800

New classical audiences need new music

Scott Ross and the paradox of punk

All we are saying is give convergence a chance

Classical music must woke up and smell the coffee

When classical musicians fought against tuxedo fascism

Classical music has many saviours