He has a great smile, is a funny & elegant speaker, has SWAG and also made some decisions that shook the US in its foundations. Barack Obama is for sure the coolest president the US ever had.
So, why the f*ck do I feel disappointed upon seeing such a phenomenon live at Seeds&Chips 2017 in Milan?
It is not every day that you attend the same event as one of the most influential world leaders of the past 20 years. And I for sure was not the only one acknowledging the special occasion. Everyone had been talking about it for weeks and the excitement reached the summit right before Obama’s appearance.
The crowd in the conference room was just swarming all over the place. Everyone was walking around nervously, talking to everyone while looking around, taking selfies and not really wanting to sit down as if they had to be ready because the guy could be walking by them any second.
An interesting experience I completely immersed myself in.
Anyway, 30min behind on schedule, Obama entered the stage, thanked everyone and launched a furious and passionate speech about the importance of food and Climate change.
Here are some cool things he said:
1h21min into the youtube video
“We have to create a food culture that encourages the demand of healthier and more sustainable food”
“If we can act boldly and swiftly than it is not to late, and we can leave a world behind that is worthy for our children”
So far so good. Zjef was very happy.
For the second part of the event, there was a Q&A with Sam Kass, chef and personal friend of Obama. In the beginning of that conversation I learned more awesome things about Obama. Like the fact that he is setting up an institution to empower the young leaders of tomorrow. And I also felt a shiver down my spine when he said the following:
“The mark of a good leader, is somebody who is able to empower other people”
So far – still very good. Still muchos Obama Love.
Yet, around 2h00min things started to change – Slowly but drastically.
It all began when Sam Kass brought up the biggest driver of Climate change: Beef production. They both agreed that it was an important issue to tackle. HOWEVER, when it came to talking about solutions, Obama was very very veeeeery vague. He basically avoided to talk about the bold and swift actions that are required to address this issue.
The bold and swift action for which he was advocating just 35min earlier.
I mean – common – It’s so fu*king simple.
To heal this planet you first start tackling the stuff that is the biggest contributor to its destruction. Just like when you are injured, the doctor will first fix that open leg fracture before the little cut on your arm.
Please stop me if I’m saying weird stuff here!
And that’s where my disappointment about Obama rose to the surface. After that moment, I started noticing that his responses were always very diplomatic, yet those responses never reflected the wisdom and boldness that our society needs so badly.
We all look up to the Obama because he is one of the best politicians we have seen in the past years. But the dude is still one of those politicians that are more a part of the problem, than a part of the solution. Their actions do not reflect their words.
Sh*t, I’m complaining about politicians….how did I end up here?
People who know me, know that I never give that much attention or energy to politicians. So why did I start now? Well, maybe it is because Obama is not the real source of my disappointment.
The big disappointment is about us and the fact that we give so much attention to leaders whom we should not be adoring that much. OBAMA is no Gandhi, Jane Goodall, Aristotle or Lao Tze that bring themselves and this society back into balance with itself and this planet.
The big disappointment during Obama’s appearance is a resurfacing disappointment of a realisation I made long ago: I cannot rest until I know our society is in balanced human hands.
So yes, you are understanding this right.
The big disappointment is because I just want to chill out on a f*cking beach, enjoy this amazing planet and make love to beautiful ladies without having to worry about anything else.
ps1: Don’t worry, I also find a lot of joy in life helping our society to transition and get into sync with our planet.
ps2: Learn about a way to produce meat that is good for this planet – check out the Soil Carbon Cowboys