An apt thought for the moment...
|Michael Chase: area of interest|
I'd posted this word/image on a much earlier blog post here: http://sophiemunns.blogspot.com.au/2011/03/we-must-rethink-everything.html and tonight, doing a major renovation at this somewhat neglected Visual Eclectica blog it just seemed to sum up my current preoccupation in general.
Nothing like having a good think about things... not just the old stuff that ails us... or what we are doing tomorrow... but the big stuff... the out there stuff that we are all part of anyway. Like how one can open the covers of a book such as this one... a library book I started to read a while back... to be reminded about big ideas, big inventions, changes, eras and such.
I remember being curious about why the writer chose to include what he did in his history of the world in objects... 100 is not many to narrow it down to..
Its fascinating to consider the uniqueness of our responses to questions, big and small.
Years ago I was deeply touched reading about a Dominican priest, Matthew Fox, who'd been silenced by the Pope in the late 80's for his outspoken views on a number of things ... but if I recall properly it was his speaking about was happening in Central and Sth America at that time that had really brought this about. Liberation theology rings a bell.
Matthew Fox (born 1940) ... was an early and influential exponent of a movement that came to be known as Creation Spirituality. The movement draws inspiration from the mystical philosophies of such medieval Catholic visionaries as Hildegard of Bingen, Thomas Aquinas, Saint Francis of Assisi, Julian of Norwich, Dante Alighieri, Meister Eckhart and Nicholas of Cusa, as well as the wisdom traditions of Christian scriptures. Creation Spirituality is also strongly aligned with ecological and environmental movements of the late 20th century and embraces numerous spiritual traditions around the world, including Buddhism,Judaism, Sufism, and Native American spirituality, with a focus on "deep ecumenism".
Fox has written 30 books that have sold millions of copies and by the mid-1990s had attracted a "huge and diverse following". He was likened by academic theologians in one New York Times article to the controversial and influential 20th century Jesuit priest, philosopher and paleontologist Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, particularly for his interpretations of issues such as the doctrine of original sin and the Cosmic Christ and for the resulting conflicts with church authorities.
I particularly loved one of his leading thoughts : Its not what we are in the habit of doing that matters but what we might be able to do... the world doesn't really need people to do what they habitually do... but to ask what would the world really like us to do... or what it needs.
OK...to be honest the words are terribly hazy now... anyone familiar with this whole story might shoot me down and say I've got it all wrong. I apologise for misleading you if thats so... BUT!
Think of that question: What does the world need us to do?
I like to think that somewhere between what we like to do and what the world needs / is aided by... there is a task for each and every one of us... should we chose to consider that, believe that and move towards it.
Ideal world perhaps you say? The stories we love it would have to be said very often have this key theme at their heart. The person who finds their joy doing something that gives joy or hope or support or aid or ideas and learning to others comes to stand as an inspiration to others. Then again, some are so under the radar most have no idea what they spend their time giving to others.
I remember in late 2011 when in London taking in the crowds at the Brick lane market marvelling at the vast crowds or people from every corner of the globe. I currently live in a city with a remarkably submerged cultural diversity. It exists... but not in the populous, exuberant way it exists in a city like London.
|Brick Lane Market London|
I walked for hours taking in the multiplicity of offerings... the sights, sounds and aromas ... and then I came across this plaque on the wall on my walk through the teeming masses!
Buxton I had not heard of... but I had to stop and say to myself ... well... if this isn't a reminder that it takes people, not just one either, to change things... I don't know what is. Loved that juxtaposition of the plaque to the masses swarming around me sharing the late Sunday afternoon party of many nations!
So what are we in the habit of doing?
Why do we do what we do?
When we fail to find some enriching relationship between what we do and what others are supported by, the world is supported by... it can be a tough life. Stuck in really difficult jobs we are certainly challenged to find a way it bring something more to that work. Life can really test us... so we need people who can remind us of other ways through... other things to strive for or risk doing.
The Groucho Marx question is interesting! I've borrowed that quote to include in slideshow presentations I do on my Homage to the Seed project. It gets a chuckle but is of course quite poignant.
Recent blog posts of mine this year are discussing change on the personal front with the current transition I'm in ... studio packed up and in storage, work on hold... selling one home and looking to find another. Its so interesting to be reminded that when one uproots, soon enough the questions start flowing. Initially one can feel inconvenienced and unsettled and be out of sorts or simply disoriented. Things are easily misplaced and ordinary tasks can become more challenging.
Then, if one is fortunate to gain some time to think during this change, it can become an intensely creative period. Many have said this to me also... its been very much their experience.
Tonight I decided to focus on this one blog. Rethink what its been, how it developed and where its going. I started with the visual element and borrowed 2 background images to use from Lost and Taken Gallery. Free high resolutions textures was an interesting place to search.
Lost & Taken textures are made freely available for use in both personal and commercial projects including web templates, designs, and other materials intended for distribution. Attribution is appreciated, but not required.
The background n this blog is from the paper samples... watercolour on old paper and the header background in the old worn cover of a book ... loved the particular green... so mellow and I'm happy it works with the other background so well.
Theres 100's more for you to see.
Well i have edited just about every possible part of this blog... but the one thing I have yet to do is update the blog-lists i follow. They are tow years out of date in some cases. New people I follow I have not even added to the list.
Ive been very remiss in blog-land... but that was how it was.
Next Tuesday it will be 4 years exactly since I started this blog... my first online site... but now one of many I attempt to keep up with. So if you are reading this and you have visited before and returned... i thank you... and if this is your first visit ... welcome indeed!
I want to say a special thankyou to all who have popped by or click on to follow ... whether its just been a week, a month or a long time now... thankyou ! The opportunity for exchange has brought so much that I could write pages on that alone!
Best wishes to all!