vrijdag 11 maart 2011
The jungle jetset [updated]
The above picture is an enigmatic evocation of the joys of jungle life. You would almost suspect that FARC leaked it as propaganda: join the FARC and you will always have a gun in one hand and a beautiful girl in the other. Whet else could any any modern day Robin Hood hope for? But it is not propaganda, it's found footage.
Tanja Nijmeijer is almost as old as I am, she shares a squatting background and we may well have been at the same places at the same time. In comparison, do I live a shitty, uneventful life? Or am I better off: enjoying my central heating, tea with milk and biscuits, a good book on the Tukano Indians on my side, and the occasional single malt to top it? Dutch Wikipedia describes her as a dogmatic, manipulative person who makes enemies quickly. It's only Wikipedia but it builds a picture and though I have never met her but I do know her in some inexact, by-proxy, way. Crossed destinies...
What I would like to know is: what do they eat? Are they fully supplied from outside or do they hunt and forage. Can a Dutch woman learn to survive in the Amazonian forest from the forest and become a 'native'?
Secondly: the theme of this blog is that the forest is a psychological state: can anything be said about the influence of the forest on the narco-Maoist ideology of FARC?