Art and the philosophy of life

Think about it…

we
have
to
make
room
in
our
hearts
for
everything
that
lives
on
this
planet

 

humans
do
not
own
the
earth

 

the
species
who
SHARE
this
planet
with
us
do
NOT
belong
to
us

 
they
are
not
ours
to
do
with
as
we
please

 

is
this
what
we
are
or
simply
what
we
have
become

 

is
this
what
we
were
programmed
to
be

 

the
killers
and
destroyers
of
all
life
and
beauty

 

the
wars
never
end

 

wars
against
each
other
against
nature
against
ourselves

 

why

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comments on: "Think about it…" (15)

  1. So beautiful, Gigi !!! 🙂

  2. I would say in response to your poem question that no one really knows the answer and indeed there are a lot of directives surrounding this matter including countless religions that have sprung up telling the masses how they are to behave.

    • You are so right. Patriarchal religion causes hatred and division between people and is responsible for torture, murder, war and death. But then the catholic religion is a death cult, so I guess that’s to be expected. The churches in Italy are filled with heads, body parts, bones, and other various bits and pieces (including crypts with bodies in them). The people there are comfortable with these things and bow to them, worship them, and treat them with honor and respect. Hermetically sealed in glass cases, sometimes adorned with valuable gems and gold, they are there for all to see. A severed head. Americans are not used to that, believe me. I was not the only one who was horrified at seeing that. And, of course, the churches are filled with priceless art, gems and lots and lots of gold. Over the top and showy to the max. Some of the churches, even in small towns, are so crammed with ornaments and art that I didn’t know where to look. I stopped going into churches. After the head and part of some guy’s larynx in a glass box, I’d had more than my fill. How they got from Jesus to gold and dead body parts I’ll never know. I thought Jesus talked to people while walking down the road or while sitting on a rock. A lot has changed since he was here, that’s for sure. He wore what other people wore and never dressed up in strange clothing either. But humans twist everything for fun and profit, why not this too. I think religion is based on fear, plain and simple. I’m not afraid, I don’t expect anyone to save me. I love animals and nature. I do the best I can and I’m satisfied with my life. Content. I never have to prove myself to anyone or anything but me. If I’m okay with me, that’s all that matters. I shun authority figures and those who have power over others. That’s just the way it is. I’m free from the of rules and restrictions of others. Just imagine Gretchen, if we spent the money the church has and the government spends on war…if we used it to plant gardens, to grow food and to house people and feed them. Educate children. If we taught love and respect for nature in schools. If we taught equality and the need for all genders in decision making, so that men would never think of making decisions with out the input of women. If we tried to build a world where people enjoyed diversity and no longer hated others because of their differences. BELIEFS destroy. Hatred passed on from generation to generation destroys. Religious that go to war to protect their gods, destroy. Everything we do is destructive. We need to educate kids to keep bees, to nurture the earth and each other, to stop looking at screens and start looking at the beauty that has been growing up around them. Greed has no place among those who wish for equality and beauty. The care and nurturing of animals, wild and otherwise, needs to be TAUGHT. But it won’t be, at least not in my lifetime. People are afraid, governments are draining the life out of us, using our kids as targets to get even more of what they want. Bullies are everywhere and animals are disappearing. Over crowding, starvation, war…that’s what the men in charge want, that’s why we have it. Violence, not peace, death, not life, hatred, not love is what patriarchy stands for. That’s why the world is like it is. This is the world of men, of religion, of anti-life.

  3. Poignant and prophetic. Why in the name of religion do we kill? What religion satisfies our greed to claim us master over the servants of this world? It cannot be a true religion in the sense of love, respect, trust, honor and caring if it destroys both sides. Why is there ethnic cleansing, is my body cleaner, my soul more refined than yours? Who has whispered this as truth and proven it?

    I live ideologically, my head in the sand, my heart in tune with the goodness this world offers. How can I hate you if I do not know you, how can I know you unless we break bread together?

    • Well said. We need to wake up. We have been brainwashed and conditioned to see the world as threatening, instead of beautiful and welcoming. We have been conditioned to believe in and want power over others. Whether it’s through government or religion, that’s what we have been taught…hatred is handed down through generations from parents to children. We need to WAKE UP and see what has been done to us. See what continues to be done to us and then we need to stop believing that violence, hatred war and death can be the answer to ANY problems. We have to STOP thinking that government, authority figures, the people in charge are doing ANYTHING to make things better for anyone but themselves. Fear is blanketing our world and we need to stop trusting others and trust ourselves.

      • And all of it begins at home. Our children learn from us. If each of us would vow to make an effort each day to walk out the door and think first of our neighbor and second of ourselves we could begin a chain of momentum that could not be worn down, factioned or misguided by others. It would be born of tolerance and concern ; hallmarks of peace. If only we could shout it from the rooftops and let it be heard. If only so many people had hope, a choice, a chance. If only I start with my, today, can I bring myself into the tomorrow I wish to see.

      • It doesn’t work that way. Our kids are outside, in the “real” world. They have to fit in, to a degree, and no matter how strong you are…I’m a radical feminist, so is my daughter and my son was raised that way too but he saw what the world was for men. He understood me but the things he learned were in conflict with what actually was. We used to talk about it all the time. He was one of the guys who got a pass. Doors were open for him and not for others. He knew what was going on but it was there for him and he had nothing to do with it. The world is what it is, right now, not what we want it to be and it can often difficult to instill values in our kids that don’t make sense to what they experience. My kids were activists. They marched, demonstrated, got signatures on petitions, they did everything but because my son was a tall, good-looking white male…well, the current world was made for him and while he knew and did the right thing…he also knew what was going on. So home is where it starts but outside is where things can change and you have to fight the schools and everything else to keep things moving and that takes up all your time and it doesn’t last because once you stop, they move right in again. Believe me, I’m aggressive and demanding and I can be nice, when I have to be but THEY have all the power. You also have to overcome the beliefs other have. Difficult to make women believe in themselves when they are taught from birth that their looks are all that matter, that an which wedding dress they will wear. Kept poor and dependent, they are told fairy tales, where the mother is always dead, and they can marry a guy they never met, once he decides he wants her. I lectured on that all over the place. So trying to get the garbage out of the system is a job of epic proportion. Know any fairy tales for men? Yeah, right. Any Groom magazines? That’s what I thought. That stuff is pounded into female minds everyday. We need to stop being ornaments and become people and with the media going 24/7 and glamorizing EVERYTHING for women that’s like trying to move a mountain. As idiotic as my generation was we were serious about a lot of issues. I don’t see that today. But then kids are busy taking pictures of themselves and texting so I suppose they just don’t have the time to think about those things. They don’t seem to care so maybe it doesn’t matter any longer. I don’t know. It matters to me but that doesn’t mean it should matter to them.

  4. Oh Bling your heart is so big! I don’t even know what to say because I know you so well! I love it when you write like this! I do! How do we get so off? Sigh!

  5. why, indeed. I have no answer that is for sure AND it is still important that we ask the questions… to at least get people thinking, pondering…

  6. Scheduled to post on A4P on 10/7

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