THE WHAT THE HELL IS YOUR PROBLEM KIT?
A KIT FOR UPTIGHT WHITE PEOPLE
Over the upcoming weeks, I am going to introduce you to the contents of the kit taken as a double page spread from the book of the Kit. Starting with the Roll of DisHonour.
Each artifact in the kit stems directly from observation of our “anglo” behaviour from someone from a migrant culture. Each artifact is intended to make us anglos think about the things that we do, and the associated experiment is created to help us to become happier and more inclusive. (less uptight!) So that we too can enjoy a slice of the freedom of expression and inclusiveness that is very strong in migrant cultures, and understand its social significance.
#1 - The Roll of Dishonour.
Like a true uptight westerner, you selfishly obsess that your freedom must alway come first. But in doing so, you totally disregard others with your selfish attitude. You honour no one, but you dishonour everyone.
The Graphic Designer Marian Bantjes denotes a whole chapter to the idea of honour in her book titled “I Wonder”. She believes that honour is something we give to a person, place or event, to denote it with a sense of respect and importance.
The Siekh’s advocate the idea of honour, and believe that it is important to always serve others, and honour one another with acts of humility and reverence. This does not mean that one has to forget one’s own personal agenda. The opposite of honouring, is to dishonour. To dishonour your own body, is to fill it with vast quantities of toxic substances such as alcohol and fast food. To dishonour another human being, is to thoughtlessly treat him/her without kindness, leaving them with feelings of unworthiness.
Who do you know who behaves with great honour? I would love to hear from you with some stories of honour!!
The Kit, which is a piece of Social Design, where Design is used as an agent for social change, was created as my final masters project in Cross Disciplinary Design at the University of NSW, Sydney Australia.
It utilised many disciplines, and helped me to understand the cross disciplinary nature of my own design practice (I am a graphic designer).
I hope that the life of the kit grows, and that people use it to promote ideas and discussion that affects positive social change. For this reason I am printing it as a booklet. If you are interested in purchasing a copy for $15 Australian (plus postage), please feel free to contact me.