Bas Kosters 'Shake My Hand, I'm Your Friend'

Bas Kosters ‘Shake My Hand, I’m Your Friend’

To my happy surprise, I can now send multi-racial emoticons to my friends, and I think it’s so cool. It is a kind of ‘better late than never’ happiness, because it actually shouldn’t be anything but normal. It’s a good thing for a worldwide used app like emoticons that they are engaged in striving for equality. Next to multi-racial emoticons, they also have a queer and lesbian emoticon. Although the biggest battles have been fought concerning racial and sexual equality, there is still a way to go – could emoticons help us in making a better world?

When I was young, I had many dreams about the alteration of my appearance. What if I could be white as snow, or a bit taller, or change shape, just as I change my outfit? Things that go beyond the possibilities we have now. What would actually happen in this world if we could change colour as easy as our emoticons? Would we use colour change as a way for better understanding our fellow men and women? Or would it become the newest fashion hype? Colour match your skin with your outfit – it’s the latest craze. Or, even better, a designer could design your skin colour together with your new clothes.

What would the global population look like if we could choose our race or sexuality? How would the numbers be, and how would they compare to our current population? I wish we could give it a try. Does this freedom of choice concerning our personality lie in our future? And if so, what would you choose to be? What is your desire? I would like to be a gay albino with protruding ears and bright blue eyes.

Bas Koster

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