kindling is a reflection on conflict and the stories that are created to justify violence. It is a reflection on how one event can be interpreted based upon someone’s pre-existing assumptions. On how truth can be employed as a “mercenary,” in some sense, to exact vengeance upon a perceived wrong.
I heard a number of different stories surrounding the murder of the young settlers in the West Bank this summer. Stories that vindicated and vilified both sides of the conflict. Conspiracy theories. Hopeful assumptions.
And still—lives were lost. The Truth of what transpired exists, somewhere out there. Even if we cannot know it. But this event, as plenty of others are, was twisted and reconfigured at times to achieve political or ideological ends.
These falsified “truths” are used to fuel the fires of conflict. Kindling.