CONSCIOUS ACTS OF ART

 

 

“What they call you is one thing. What you answer to is something else.”

– Lucille Clifton

 

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This month’s post is my response to a jumble of phrases in my brain.

The social trajectory I’ve lived through feels like this:

random acts of kindness –> random acts of violence –> organized violence

But that’s only the trajectory of my awareness.

 

A logic puzzle would look like this:

random acts of kindness –> random acts of violence –> organized violence –> ________________

You aced the test if you filled in “organized kindness.”

I think we need all the organized kindness we can get.

Ditto for conscious acts of art.

 

With that I plug my friend Anthony’s gorgeous site and online radio show.

dialoguesofjazz.com  –>  tune in and share!

Instagram @dialoguesofjazz

(Collage by Miami artist Jose Mertz

Logo and flyer by San Diego graphic designer Ian Cuevas)

 

P.S. I hear a podcast’s in the works!

 

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NEW YEARS DAY

No person can avoid, actually, factually, being human. But a person can be unconscious of those things that make us human – including our flaws and complexities, our interconnectedness with each other and the ecosystem, and our mortality. A person can choose unconsciousness of those things in the most willful and damaging of ways, cultivating “success” without inner growth, “status” without a generative legacy. I have carried the ugliness and violence of this administration as stress in my body since 2016, and I am not alone in that. Relief sweetened my sleep last night. I’m ready for evident self-awareness and conscious humanity in office. I hope the next four years are just the beginning of a better world for us all, people animals plants land water air, no exceptions.