Civilization is uprising, insurrection, revolution; culture is the war of state against state, or of machines against people… Civilization is tolerance, detachment and humor, or passion, anger, revenge; culture is the entrance examination, the gas chamber, the doctoral dissertation and the electric chair; … Civilization is Jesus turning water into wine; culture is Christ walking on the waves; Civilization is a youth with a Molotov cocktail in his hand; culture is the Soviet tank or the L.A. cop that guns him down; Civilization is the wild river; culture, 592,000 tons of cement; Civilization flows; culture thickens and coagulates, like tired, sick, stifled blood.
The smog covering Sarajevo is literal and figurative: Not only does the smog poison the lungs, but it poisons the hearts of the masses. From the coal miners in Zenica, who have been suffocated by capitalism, to the people of the town suffocated by coal smoke, a dark, and foreboding feeling, hangs over Sarajevo. Once, perhaps, people were warm, loving, kind… but now they stare, hoping to see another experiencing greater misfortune, so they may feel they are not the most wretched of the Earth. Unfortunately, we are all, all over the world, experiencing great suffering. The smog hanging over Sarajevo, both figurative and literal will soon envelop this entire planet due to the careless destruction of the environment, and the mechanization of the modern human. War is only a faster version of Fordism, so the sad faces adorning Bosnian cities, soon may paint this entire world a dreary shade of gray.