Arts Cinema Africa One
posted by June 7 at 11:44 AMon
An action scene from Blood Diamond:
What is Blood Diamond about? Not Africa, of course, nor about the evils of globalization, but about the maintenance of American middle-class values in the storm of the public’s growing awareness about the evils of globalization.
Middle-class values are entirely attached to property laws. Which is why the marriage in the middle-class system converts love to property, to an agreement, a contract. The symbol of that contract is the wedding ring, which is often the most valuable piece of property in a middle-class home. What Blood Diamond attempts to do is, one, make an ironic connection between the violence in poor West African countries and the diamond on a wedding ring purchased from an American jewelry store: death for love, pain for joy, and so on and so forth; and, two, to provide a solution that adjusts, rather than totally changes, middle-class values. The adjustment that will correct this evil (the false problem) is how one shops, how one buys diamonds and other products originating from the mineral-rich cradle of mankind. But the property value (the real problem) remains in essence the same.
What must be smashed to pieces first is the middle-class mind and its mousey faith in land ownership, in savings, and the laws that convert a marriage into a piece of property. These values are the burden of the world. They fill university class rooms with students not looking for an education (in the Latin sense of that word) but job security, for the sunshine of a big paycheck. The middle-class mind cant produce knowledge or low/high culture because all it can think about is building financial certainty. But the designs of the middle class are the same as a house being built on running water, on a river that can never be crossed twice. The middle-class mind is one of a slave who pays his absent master for the job of overseeing him/herself.
My next images for consideration will be, two…