Photographer: Madelon

First or second fiddle

Why do some people play first fiddle?

Why do some people play second fiddle?

Do some have superior qualities?

Do some have inferior qualities?

Many first fiddles just have more power.
More power because of more money.
More power because of the right connections.
More power because they are more assertive.
Some first fiddles make a lot of noise.
A noise that outdoes all others.
Even though the noise is often disagreeable.
Some first fiddles are violent.
Some first fiddles just think
they rule the world.
The world would look different
if the sounds produced by second fiddles
were listened to more often.
Violence often plays first fiddle.
Peace often plays second fiddle.
That is the way our society works.
That is the way it continues to
give privileges to some
while leaving out others.
That is the way it continues to
produce massive riches here
while ignoring masses of poor there.
The orchestra of life today plays a piece of music
that is melodious to some
while cacophonous to many others.
The director now is definitely in for replacement.
Money directs it all today.
Humanity needs to direct it tomorrow.


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