Bonjour friends! I am hoping everyone is enjoying the last of their summer. This post -I am afraid will show my darker side but I have no other choice at this time. I have for some time believed that the arts, along with the sciences, philosophy, education, and an occasional angel could save humankind from our self-destructive nature. This has been a hard summer for me and my faith in humankind has taken a serve beating. I hate human ugliness in all forms but I can not claim that I am immune to the temptation to occasionally beat someone over his/her head with their bibles. Please let me state this post is NOT about Jesus but rather about political powers and people who use religion -any religion to justify the oppression of people! That includes not just in America but any world government that oppresses and murders people in the name of religion and nationalism.
So, in short, I am calling on all artists with their many gifts and talents to save humankind! We have lost our way and are on the verge of becoming madmen and monsters! I know, human history is full of madmen and monsters. Most of us can recite their names and deadly deeds but we fail often to understand the true depth of their destructive powers and the stench of death their cruelty left on humankind. As we remember human cruelty; we can also remember the artists, scientists, philosophers, people of higher learning, some religious leaders, the common people along with an occasional angel - that were the voices of the damn, the powerless, the sick, the starving and the dying. We see their artwork, hear their songs, read their poetry/novels/plays, and remember their pleads for sanity.
The picture I am posting today is of poor quality and I don’t know the artist’s name or the name of the gallery in Paris! I do remember the sculpture surprised me and I almost laughed at it; thinking it was a cute take on my country’s grand Lady given to America by the French! Suddenly, I didn’t finish my laugh -I was caught by a sudden feeling that this piece of ART stood for more than a cute version of “America the Beautiful!” I was in a hurry, so I took a quick picture and went about my business. I am often amazed at how a piece of art, a song, a line from a poem, a dance from a ballet or even a movie scene will suddenly appear in my brain wanting to remind me of a forgotten lesson! Humankind needs the reminders of those evey lessons of cruelty, un-forgiveness, the greed of money and power; along the hatred of race, of women, of children, the old, the sick that all lead to death and destruction of humankind. It a monumental task -I am asking of all artists, and visionaries to save humankind, and I know, that this request may be impossible! You; old and young artists must all try -for without your gifts, your talents, your insights, your love of humankind we may be doomed to repeat history in all her self-destructive powers!
Re-teach us to love one another, and to aim for the power of salvation to guide humankind. It is time for Artists, Philosophers, Scientists, religious leaders/people and yes; people with good souls to rise up and remind us of our collective humanness! I plead with all of you...show us the way back to our souls...be humankind’s angels!
This will not be an easy task, many of you will find criticism and the concern from others who will feel you have lost your mind, they will fear for you, they will say,”you have lost your way into the political rip tides and will surely drown.” And they be right! For some of you, the reaction will be swift, and maybe dangerous!
Please know that I am not a silly school girl or a senile old woman and I am aware that while many of you will be met with adulation, but depending on where you live; you could draw political attention may in fact place you into the circle of danger! Artists of all gifts and talents have always been drawn to the fire, been drawn to the depth of human despair, and have felt human evil try to devour their artistic voices in the past! Artists may feeI human evil again. I am often reminded of novels, dairies, plays, poetry, songs, paintings, movies that have shaken mankind back to their collective humankind! Please shake us, chide us, stir us, and stare us in our eyes, shout at us, pin us to our imaginations, corner our hearts and touch our souls...for the survival of humankind’s existence please, please be our angels! The pain is almost too much....