The Unbearable Burden of Being

Speechless – that is what the UK decision to leave the EU has left so many of us.

In just a few days, the future of millions has been turned upside down, and it doesn't really matter now whether the United Kingdom eventually leaves the EU or not.

Every morning since Friday I have woken up asking myself the same question: “is it still true?”

Probably the biggest problem is the extent of international havoc the Leave decision has just managed to wreak. As the markets plummeted on Friday and uncertainty will most likely deepen in the days to come, there is a growing urge in the creative community to creatively work out what to do.

 Let's sum this up: HSBC announced its HQ move to Paris, Sillicon Roundabout may end up in Kottbusser Tor, and the entire music industry may get stuck at the border. The creative sector including fashion, design and architecture may lose millions in funding, and clothes and music may become more expensive. As for the academia, au revoir Erasmus and millions for research, but there will be increased tuition fees and hordes of paperwork for those who would still dare. And no, science doesn't look much better either.  

What hurts mosts are the hate attacks on diverse communities throughout the UK that surged after the vote (including the Polish Cultural Institute in London this morning). But despite the abysmal differences nationwide, we shouldn't forget the wise words of Jo Cox and focus on what we have in common rather than what divides us - after all, arts and culture has repeatedly proven to be most effective in bringing communities back together.

So before I am forced to move my taxes elsewhere, I shall do my best to help prevent this newly legitimised xenophobia from spreading even further. And I urge you - entrepreneurs, creatives, artists, to do the same for the sake of everyone: for the starters, just join your local community or education centre and spend some time with deprived families from both sides. This awesome start-up providing home delivery of food made by refugees can serve as the ultimate inspiration.

Oh well. And if all goes really really bleak, there are still arts jobs in Scotland.