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See You in a Mile – An Experiment in Understanding

 

“You don’t really understand an antagonist until you understand why he’s a protagonist in his own version of the world.”
— John Rogers

 

I have always believed that there are few actual villains in this world and those who would describe themselves as villainous or evil believe that they are justified in their actions and behaviours. This isn’t to say that we all believe we are doing the right thing. Our reasons for doing wrong can be quite interesting. Even when our actions go beyond what most people see as excusable or acceptable in anyway. Trying to understand peoples’ motivation and reality tunnels can be enlightening to say the best. At the very least it frees us from blind hatred. Especially if we can put ourselves even momentarily in the shoes of someone we would normally despise.
Some examples:
1) If you consider yourself conservative, try to see the world from the perspective of Bernie Sanders.
2) If you see yourself as liberal or left-leaning try to perceive the world the way Ted Cruz or Donald Trump sees it.
3) If you are black, jewish or gay try seeing the world from the perspective of a white supremacist.
4) If you are homophobic, try to see life from the point of view of someone who is gay or trans.
5) Try understanding why a member of ISIS would act the way they do. What do they aspire to?
6) If you are Jewish, try perceiving Israel the way a Palestinian does.
7) If you are Islamic try perceiving Israel and Palestine the way that Netanyahu does.
Just for the hell of it even if you don’t fit into any of the above categories, try to adopt each of the above views for an hour each, you might find afterwards that your own viewpoint has become a lot more malleable.
Blessings, G

 

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She Watches and WaitsShe Watches and Waits by G A Rosenberg

 

Rlyeh WonderlandR’lyeh Wonderland by G A Rosenberg

 

Integrating My Experience

 

“Go for broke. Always try and do too much. Dispense with safety nets. Take a deep breath before you begin talking. Aim for the stars. Keep grinning. Be bloody-minded. Argue with the world. And never forget that writing is as close as we get to keeping a hold on the thousand and one things–childhood, certainties, cities, doubts, dreams, instants, phrases, parents, loves–that go on slipping , like sand, through our fingers.”
― Salman Rushdie

 

How do our experiences shape us? How do we take what life gives us and make something worthwhile and of value if only to us? During the last two weeks I have seen so much both in experiencing new shores and people and in seeing some of the most famous and beautiful works of art ever created. As much fun as it is, it has also been somewhat overwhelming and I will no doubt spend months (if not years) integrating it all. At the same time I will experience much more. In the art I created today, I have made the first attempts at incorporating visually some of the wonder I’ve seen. Hopefully as time passes I will find that my palate and abilities have grown. In this way the adventure continues.
Blessings, G

 

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Restored ShephardRestored Shepherd by G A Rosenberg

 

Nude Shadow Beside TreeNude Shadow Beside Tree by G A Rosenberg

 

Quote of the Day – December 26 2011

“It’s the questions we can’t answer that teach us the most. They teach us how to think. If you give a man an answer, all he gains is a little fact. But give him a question and he’ll look for his own answers.”
–Patrick Rothfuss

so many people seem reluctant to do just that. They go searching the world seeking for someone who can show them the way. They don’t seek inside themselves. They don’t even seek for answers, not really, they just want someone to tell them not how but what to think, to feel, to intuit. I have also been that ignorant, in many ways I still may be. Namaste , G

A couple of experiments tonight. Do they work for you? I really enjoy your feedback

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Dream Guardians by G A Rosenberg

Neon Flowers by G A Rosenberg