Yeah, this post isn’t about anime. It’s just a late-night thought that came to me after playing Thief. I’ll make it short.
So, you never really know a city till you’ve walked at least a total of six hours in it, across different neighborhoods. And that’s not counting the time on the bus and getting stuck in fucked-up traffic. In five hours, walk past the rich neighborhood, from sky-rise apartments with top-notch security and well-made houses with automatic gates and a security guard, into the middle-class areas, where people live in moderate-sized homes with just enough space for a car garage and a small garden, and finally, past the poor neighborhood, where people do laundry in the streets, shit into the river, and live amongst piles of garbage. Yeah, that’s Jakarta for you. A city rife in inequality, a city that basically says “fuck the people, we’re listening to big money”.
No wonder criminality rates are high and people’s stress levels are off the charts. I can’t blame them: they’re stuck in traffic, inhaling toxic fumes, and everything’s so fucking expensive.
If this kind of inequality goes further, we’ll get to a state where the 1 percent goes to live on Elysium while the 99 percent live in a godforsaken city. What can I do? I’m not an action type of guy. I just and watch. Observe as the world passes by me, pondering on its every detail.
There, that’s my dump for tonight.