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Mike Ellis – Mezeker Means to Remember

Sorry for the long silence and a big welcome to the second post in the series hip hop meets poetry in a quest for peace.

Today I would like to show you Mike Ellis‘ performance on Def Jam Poetry.

For me Mike Ellis has found a way to skillfully address a diversity of topics ranging from social grievances, to war, to the often not very helpful reactions of politicians. It questions perceptions of wrong and right, of suffering and  misery and teaches a bit of modesty. It is easy to feel as a victim, feel that one is suffering the worst but as he says for most of those who live in so-called ‘western’ countries, even those who one might consider to be bad off are comparatively well off.

But here is what I think. ‘Your story is worth a verse’. Every person experiences reality the way he or she does. So in their own context their suffering is as real and as threatening as any other persons. So, what is there for us to do? Of course I am not saying that we should deny our own conflicts and problems, but we should remember that ‘you can’t avoid strife until the next person’s struggle is so often worse‘. We should learn to place events in our lives into context, but at the same time never forget that ‘in the context of the universe, your story is worth a verse‘.

See you soon or more of the series.

Nina Aeckerle

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