Gifts …

18What’s happening in this world today is disastrous … global warming from man’s over-production, over-population, greed and corruption, worship of money and power — loss of natural resources, deforestation, pollution, fear and malice ….

It’s happening because we developed tools more rapidly than we have evolved to deal with the consequences of our advances.  We’ve developed to “survive” at all costs, while making a good life easier for some and impossible for most.  We have been fruitful and multiplied without limitations beyond war and destruction.  We believe what we want, selectively choosing those facts that suit our prejudices and discarding the facts that should give us pause.  We’ve lost a sense of justice and moderation in our dealings and for all intents and purposes destroyed an essential balance.

What we’re facing now is annihilation by those very instruments that have been propagandized as making our lives better.  Mankind has taken the brake off the train as it begins its descent.

What can we do about it?  The challenge for me has never been indifference but a sense of futility.  In these times, our direction seems decidedly toward mass destruction.  With the threat of nuclear war looming, what toll would describe the loss if this played out?  What have we wasted in human potential at this point?

What does it mean to hold a mirror up and affect change, to be open to creation as a child?  This is essentially what a creative does.  It is what it means to be an artist — perpetually investigating and challenging.

The image we hold up to the world is our experience — the more individual, more honest that image, the more meaningful.  At the point where our lives, our work intersect with universal truths, the more apt we are to connect with others.  This is what life is about … a symbiotic relationship and balance, that creates and destroys.

What each of us contribute to the fabric of life is as dear, as essential as any other.  The challenge has always been to follow your own heart within the constraints of an environment that may often be harsh and contradictory.  Moderation, the key, and truth, the answer as we pursue our individual paths.

 


From Ecclesiastes 3 in the King James version:

Wherefore I perceive that there is nothing better, than that a man should rejoice in his own works; for that is his portion: for who shall bring him to see what shall be after him?

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To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven …

 
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