Art and the philosophy of life

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“The arts are a response to our individuality and our nature and help to shape our identity. The arts are not a frill and should not be treated as such. They have the potential to become the driving force for healing division and divisiveness.” — Art of Quotation (Art of Quotation, a wonderful blog, is closing his blog. Sorry to see him go.)

“The arts, instead of quaking along the periphery of our policy concerns, must push boldly into the core of policy. The arts are a response to our individuality and our nature and help to shape our identity. The arts are not a frill and should not be treated as such. They have the potential to […]

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“For art to be ‘unpolitical’ means only to ally itself with the ‘ruling’ group.” — Art of Quotation

“For art to be ‘unpolitical’ means only to ally itself with the ‘ruling’ group.” Bertolt Brecht, playwright

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Nietzsche – Words To Live By — Waldina

One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star. – Nietzsche

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playing at writing — Wordifull (from Melanie)

casually d r o p p i n g adverbs from unrepentant keys maiming unsuspecting readers narrowly missing the point plump, wet drops of obsidian scrawled lackadaisically … flinging adjectives castrating connoisseurs with color murky yet, each silvery word impregnated with meaning ~Melanie Thomason

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Relationships…

Cat, Animal, Mackerel, Feline, Pet

“You want me to what?” asked the cat in amazement.

“I don’t know,” she said, “I mean, I feed you, buy toys and treats for you. let you sleep on my pillow and…”

“You’re welcome, so what’s the point?”

“I though maybe you’d sit on my lap for awhile.”

“Maybe later.”

“You’re nothing like a dog,” she sighed.

“Thank you.  Is there anything else?  It’s time for one of my naps.”

“Do you ever do anything you don’t want to do?”

“I don’t understand the question.”

“You know I love you, right?”

“Why wouldn’t you?  Don’t get me wrong.  I don’t care one way or the other, but sometimes I’m glad to see you too.”

“Really?”

“Sure.  You might want to buy me a tuna for dinner.”

“Okay, but I wish you’d become a vegetarian.”

“I’d die if I was a vegetarian, you know that, so just get the tuna.  If they don’t have tuna, get a fat trout or something else that’s nice.  After I eat, I’ll sit by you and you can pet me.”

“Okay.”

“You might want to go to the store before all the good fish are gone.”

“Okay.”

“I’ll see you tonight and maybe you could use the good china for a change.”

“Um, I think I need to take control of our relationship.”

“While you’re doing that,” laughed the cat,  “I’m going to chase that bird over there.”

“Don’t hurt it,” she said, firmly.

“Wouldn’t think of it,” he snickered.

“I’ll see you at dinner.”

“Looking forward to the fish,” said the cat.  “And if you pass a pet store, pick up a goldfish or two.”

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“I can’t believe you talk to her that way,” said a grey tabby.

“The trick is to train them when you’re a kitten.  No one can say no to a kitten.  You just have to mew a lot, and open your eyes as wide as possible, until they do what you want and that’s it.  Once they realize they are there to serve you, everything falls into place.”

“You’re right about that,” snickered the Tabby. “No one can say no to a kitten.  But I know how you really feel about her.”

“I can’t let her know that, she already carries me around the house kissing me and rubbing my ears.”

“That’s not so bad,” said the Tabby.

“Actually, I kind of like it but I can’t let her know that.”

“Why not?”

“It just seems, I don’t know, wrong, I guess.”

“You might want to rethink that, my friend.”

“”Yeah, that’s what Dee Dee said but right now, let’s just go and play with the mice.”

 

 

From: Astronomy Picture of the Day…

NGC 1672: Barred Spiral Galaxy from Hubble

Ripples…

This gorgeous photograph reminds me of life itself.  We clearly see the bird, in all of it’s amazing beauty, but life is often more like the reflection in the water, wavy, blurred, and unclear.  Both images are real.

I think there are parts of life we ignore, the reflections that tell us more about what’s going on around us.  The long term designs, caused by the ripples of what we don’t acknowledge as we slowly demolish the things around us.

We need to look at the ripples.  We need to do it now because life, like the ripples, just continue to move outward in bigger and bigger circles, reflecting on everything on they touch.

 

Photo:  Pixabay

The eye of the beholder…

This beautiful peaceful photograph (Pixabay), with it’s sunny misty look, quiet and inviting, can strike terror into those who see it as dangerous, empty and threatening.
It’s not only beauty that’s in the eye of the beholder…ALL of life is in the eye of the beholder.  The eye of the beholder is all there is.

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Springtime in Chicago…

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The moon — Moda-Creative thinking

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