Israeli Etgar Keret’s The Bus Driver Who Wanted to be God, and Iranian Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis
– Abstract Colonization most assuredly produced altered states of consciousness, in which the fundamental sense of “rightness” was understood to be subjective and culturally constructed, rather than naturally true. In conjunction with this realization came the idea that identity is not something personally owned, but rather, something inscribed upon a body or culture by an agent of power. In this case, identities were projected onto the natives by the imperialists. The colonial enterprise, particularly the European imperialist projects in the east, has forever changed concepts of identity, otherness, and power in both the Occident and the Orient….
– It’s around 5:30am and I am still waiting for the bus to leave the station. I’m so excited about my trip to Texas. It seems very odd because I’m only on the bus with 3 other people; the bus driver and a mother and her young daughter. The Driver He is a short man with white wavy hair and a long white beard. He reminds me of Santa Clause but I am sure that Santa doesn’t carry cigarettes in his shirt pocket like this guy does. He keeps looking in the mirror at the people on the bus; almost like he was analyzing them and judging them….
The Bus Stop of Life
– I stand at the bus stop, en route to the city, waiting, looking up and down the street, where I have been, where I will go, remember the times before when I did the same thing, always when waiting, caught between the here and the now, and smile at another moment, a possible turning point in this life. Bus stops are markers for our lives, three types, stations, timed stops, and hailing stops, the latter where you have to flag down the driver. Bus stations are the most significant, represent life’s milestones, birth, death, marriage, divorce, migration, returning home as the prodigal son….
The Bus Protest: Rosa Parks
– Did you know when Rosa Parks got arrested for not giving up her seat she was sitting in the African American section. Rosa Parks was a civil rights activist that worked with the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) to change African American rights. She was born on February 4th, 1913 in Tuskegee, Alabama. She went to college at the Alabama State Teachers College. After her college education, she became the secretary of the Montgomery branch of the NAACP. “She trained in nonviolent methods of social activism and was therefore well prepared for her historic role” (Matthews)….
Observing a City Bus
– Background: Being a city bus, there seems to be about 50 or so seats, though some people prefer to stand if they are getting off rather quickly (about two or three stops). The space is more on the small side, but was not crowded at this moment and time due to the rain outside, which discourages people to take the bus. The most common objects are headphones, bus books, and smart phones with the passengers. The younger the rider, the more likely they are to have a smart phone unless they are with their parents….