The building stands empty

By the laws of property a thing is made mine. Slowly, by this process, everything is claimed by its owner, and in return for that which I can call my own, I must agree to lose everything else. The world is no longer mine, but instead, I have my property.

Power is the ability to assert your will. Power is the ability to deny that which someone else tries to assert. Power at its most potent is invisible, it is that which exists in silence, without challenge, because nobody can imagine an order of logic that runs otherwise. The building stands empty. The building stands empty as a man sleeps beneath a canal bridge. The building stands empty as forty children squeeze into the classroom. The building stands empty as the youth group closes for want of a premises, as the shop closes for want of a fair rent, as the family struggles to find a home in which to live. The building stands empty. It is agreed that the building should stand empty, for a pile of papers decree that this building is privately owned, and though it was built on a public street, on which it casts a public shadow on the passing public, the pile of papers decree that it is private, and that, therefore, the building will stand empty.
Blackfriars, 29th April
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