Friday, October 17, 2014

Hole vs Soul


Hole vs Soul

Swallowed a camera to take a photo of the Hole.

At a conference across the street, celebrated speakers postulated theories
on this Vacuum whose hunger attracts, like gravity.
Passed the hat, pulled out a name: Soul.
And in the naming: infused it with a see-through substance,
a transparent soil where gods & demons could grow and crow,
A geography of imaginary lands providing jobs for amateur map makers,
and a history proposing additional lives, past and future,
Populated with super-hero spirits, with powers and abilities
claiming to match the odds of Lady Luck.
(forgetting their own hypothesis: the Sin of Pride),
And mathematics that propose answers to the cause of tears.
It was all there -
along with human sacrifice and sunday school lessons,
indigo conspiracies and pushpin chart connections,
magic walls and pillars, whispering invisible friends,
the face of the north wind, unidentified objects in the night sky,
and so much more.

But me,
i am looking forward to developing, and further examining,
the photos of the Hole.




Monday, April 21, 2014

Faith In Foxholes

In response to the infamous "There are no atheists in foxholes" aphorism . . .

"You'll never find a dead Christian in a foxhole who didn't pray."

" 'There are no atheists in foxholes'  isn't an argument against atheism, it's an argument against foxholes." - James Morrow

Monday, March 10, 2014

Jesus Behind Bars

It is Sunday, the Lord's Day, so you will just have to defer your longing for this very realistic likeness of Him until the boutique opens on Monday.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

"Conflict"


"Choosing to live with questions that may never be answered, rather than with answers that can never be questioned."

Without determined principals we are destined to stagnate as a civilization. This piece soberly presents the two sides to many issues facing modern society for what they are in their simplest terms.

 
"Conflict" Click on image 
to watch the video
"Conflict"



 

Winner of the 2012  Project Reason video contest.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Friday, October 25, 2013

Regarding the Idiot Box.


Photograph taken at art installation @ Burning Man 2005.

Monday, October 14, 2013

"If you can't determine right from wrong, then you lack empathy, not religion."

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

This Film Will Flutter (And Fade To Black)


.  .  .


Behind us: nothing; we come in through a door.

The game is very much already in progress.

We haven't heard of Galileo - so we think we are the center.

We are dealt a hand.

Off we go with our notebooks trying to make sense.

We hear stories.

When they make us feel good and capture our imaginations we fill our blank pages with them.

The others have been here longer - they must know what this is about.

One hears amazing legends of gods, warriors and princesses; the powers of ghosts and stars.

We don't want to say things that will get frowned upon, that isolate us, and remind us that we stumbled upon this place by accident.
Fit in. Being alone can be scary.


Eventually we stumble upon the Animal Facts.
Sex, and its possibilities compartmentalized.
And that other carefully disguised truth: that there is an exit door to all this that we will each face at some point ~ time and place: unknown (surprise!) - located somewhere under the powerful wheels of Time.

Entertainments are rolled out - like magic tricks,
sleight of hand, drawing away attention.
Grand creations to participate in and mundane distractions to consume.

The summarizing line: This is not an unlimited run in a theater of action, comedy, and tragedy. Lady Luck is the usher here.

This film will flutter - and - fade to black.


[Make of this visit what you will.]

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"I won the huge genetic lottery and I get joy every day" 
                                           - Penn Jillette ("This I Believe"/NPR)



Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Determine Something






















What is the frame of mind of a human - New York City, 2013 - that they would be drawn to this "Walk-In Special", put down an Alexander Hamilton or more, and have someone determine something from looking at patterns in wet tea leaves.

Friday, August 02, 2013

Depends On How You Look At It


Is this an apparition of Jesus Christ, or [fill in blank],
on a chair in an office where I work.

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
“Did Jesus Christ, he asked, suspect that someday his church would spread to the farthest corners of Earth? Did Jesus Christ, he asked, ever have what we, today, call an idea of the world? Did Jesus Christ, who apparently knew everything, know that the world was round and to the east lived the Chinese (this sentence he spat out, as if it cost him great effort to utter it) and to the west the primitive peoples of America? And he answered himself, no, although of course in a way having an idea of the world is easy, everybody has one, generally an idea restricted to one's village, bound to the land, to the tangible and mediocre things before one's eyes, and this idea of the world, petty, limited, crusted with the grime of the familiar, tends to persist and acquire authority and eloquence with the passage of time.” 
                           ~ Roberto Bolaño,  "2666"

Friday, July 12, 2013

Thoughts on Patriotism

The red-white-blue 'n' bar-be-cue (& fireworks) fumes from the 4th of July have faded into the ozone.  Now is a good time to share some thoughts regarding this deeply ingrained mental and emotional disorder called patriotism.

"Imagine there's no countries / It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for / And no religion too." - John Lennon

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Naturally the common people don’t want war . . . Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders . . . All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism.
– Hermann Goering
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That worst outcrop of herd life, the military system, which I abhor . . . This plague-spot of civilization ought to be abolished with all possible speed. Heroism on command, senseless violence, and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism–how passionately I hate them!
– Albert Einstein
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How much longer are we going to think it necessary to be “American” before (or in contradistinction to) being cultivated, being enlightened, being humane, & having the same intellectual discipline as other civilized countries? It is really too easy a disguise for our shortcomings to dress them up as a form of patriotism.
– Edith Wharton
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God and Country are an unbeatable team; they break all records for oppression and bloodshed.
– Luis Buñuel
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Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts, as a last resource, pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and glad to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.
– Arthur Schopenhauer
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You’ll never have a quiet world till you knock the patriotism out of the human race.
– George Bernard Shaw
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Saturday, June 29, 2013

Open Minds, Holes in Parachutes

If You Open Your Mind Too Much,
Your Brain Will Fall Out (Take My Wife) - Tim Minchin
video

“A mind is like a parachute. It doesn't work if it is not open.” - Frank Zappa

"If a mind or a parachute are open in such a way that the necessary barriers don't hold, and air flows through them freely - you spiral, dangerously fast, towards a thud." - Zena Koan