H/T Gerard via Buzzfeed
Is the young anarchist in the photograph proud of himself? Is he? He is all but naked, he is holding in his teeth a pair of very expensive sunglasses, and though frozen for a moment forever, you can make out the swagger of a man who believes he has accomplished something very important with his wanton act of vandalism. He has made a statement, of course.
Death to the police! The law be damned.
But I am not interested in him...he's a piece of wondrous crapmanship, all right. No. It is the trumpet that has caught my eye.
The trumpet was made according to very strict guidelines. The combination of copper and nickel and other metals was exact, the precise width and bend of the pipes were carefully hammered out, and it was passed on to someone else who buffed and cleaned and polished and buffed again and again and again.
The specific color of brass that plated it was not some helter skelter crap shoot, but a precise calculation by metallurgists.
The trumpet and the trumpeter are the outcome of strict, ordered and well-disciplined minds and hands, as its music is also ordered. They are in tune with all around them, and take their cues from all around them. And as a result of the order and skill, we who are not skilled in the playing of the trumpet meet with the sublime and are elevated by it.
So, clearly, the man holding the trumpet is not worthy of such a fine creation. As an anarchist, it is the wrong instrument for him. He should be playing the vuvuzela. The vuvuzela is a loud, obnoxious, plastic one-note irritant. Those who blow it adhere to no civilized rules of decency, there is no music in its bell, it is an abomination from hell. It is mass produced by people who don't care about anything but selling as many of these noise makers as possible. It is the base, appealing to the low.
Why is he holding this trumpet? Have you ever just walked into a store and bought a trumpet? It is an expensive thing. Not a toy to be played with.
sort of money an anarchist would pay out for anything, if he so much as thought about paying for something.
Not that I can imagine him actually paying for anything. Perhaps he will be allowed to make monthly payments on a slightly toasted police car. I wonder what his credit score is.
Update: From Digital Journal via
Quoth Alkidya in the comments:
"My take on the Trumpeter???
He, along with a hundred other Black Bloc anarchist thugs broke into the "Mettro Sound and Music" store on Yonge Street, looted the place and he got the last musical instrument. His preference was an electric guitar but they were all taken.
First come first served. One guy tried to commit suicide atop a music store.
Maybe it was that trumpet guy? I hope he succeeded. "