One of the biggest mistakes of our society is to think that we live in a democracy that is based on reason and good intentions. What i can see on our beloved island is a series of restrictive laws that will gravely interfere in the layout of our future. How can anybody seriously decide a law to declare live music illegal in open spaces, ironically not for all venues but for most of them, and, if that is not enough, inside the venue music will be limited to 65 db – just so you got an idea, if you’re having a normal conversation between just two people it usually surpasses this limit.
A good friend and owner of a beach venue told me that he will have to install a limiter for music on his terrace with a maximum of 55 db – the sea itself with the sound of the waves would surpass this limit, so what to do, prosecute the sea? The ‚Association of Musicians in Ibiza’, recently created, is trying to intervene into this law, pointing out that live music is a vital pillar in our society, and that the musicians are willing to collaborate to find a reasonable solution satisfying both parts, the music lovers and the neighbours that seek well-earned rest from their labour.
Ironically it is also strictly forbidden to organize a manifestation in Spain, so slowly but surely the basic rights of citizens are undermined to easily enforce any new law. In the meantime the petrol companies still find a way to undermine accomplished laws to reach their goal by benefitting from a recent project called ‘MedSalt 2’ using air guns in a seismic survey to explore the ground of the Mediterranean Sea and its salt layer, seriously damaging the fauna of our biggest treasure, nature. Ironically, this is exactly the same method that they would use to find oil reserves and, guess what, they already manifested their interest in the result of this research.
Oh, and if that wasn’t enough, if you are drunk and you call a friend to drive you home you better go on the backseat as a drunk copilot is subject to fine too now. I’m just imagining four drunk friends taking a cab home (which is the damn right thing to do) and the driver says „i can only take three of you if you are all drunk“ – wow, that makes so much sense.
This island was all about ‘The Beach’ and ‘Dune’, ‘More’ and ‘The Big Lebowski’, ‘Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas’ and ‘La Grande Bouffe’, ‘Pulp Fiction’ and ‘From Dusk Till Dawn’, spiced with a touch of ‘Apocalypse Now’. If we start to prohibit our roots and limit our needs to find a solution to problems we might as well end up with ‘The Great Dictator’ versus ‘Blade Runner’, spiced with a touch of Donaldo Trompeto.