Welcome to this edition of my blog. I usually do not write about anything socially or politically sensitive. Today, my stance is not a political one, but a plea for us all to be more understanding, accepting, and loving. There are many things to be changed in this world for the betterment of all. With that said, I am passionate about art in all its forms, I love all people, and I dream for the day when we can all live together in peace.

Art reflects events and people. History is the story of those events and people. Each person has his or her own life history.

All forms of art are interpretative. Not everyone will like, agree, or understand certain art pieces. It is important to understand the message that the artist is conveying. Personally, I often have difficulty understanding some pieces of modern art, but I accept and respect the artist’s work.

I may not agree or support certain actions, social behaviors, or laws, but I will not harm another person, destroy monuments, nor burn buildings. I will follow the examples of such people as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s, Gandhi, Buddha, Jesus, Mohammed, the Dalai Lama, Leo Tolstoy, Susan B. Anthony, Nelson Mandela, and Mother Teresa. These are just a few of the people in history who brought positive changes to the world in peaceful ways.

History is not always pretty. It is too-often filled with killings, torture, invasions, subjugation, and domination of the few over the masses. Yet, with all its faults, history has produced some of the world’s greatest artists which arose out of the Middle Ages (Michaelangelo, Bernini, Raphael, Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli, to name just a few). Inventions and medical advancements historically have come from various countries answering the needs of people.

In 3500 BC, the wheel was invented
In 1600 BC, modern alphabet invented
In 20 AD, printing was invented
In 105 AD, the first use of paper.
In 1088 AD, the first university was founded.
In 1215 AD, the sealing of the Magna Carta
In 1509 AD the watch was invented.
In 1825 AD rocket steam locomotive built, the start of railroads.
In 1905 AD, Einstein’s theory of relativity was published.

I believe that we are to treat everyone with respect, dignity, and kindness. All religions teach the basic concept of the Golden Rule:

Buddhism: Treat not others in ways that for you would find hurtful.
Christianity: Do to others as you would have them do to you; \
Confucianism: Do not do to others what you do not want to be done to yourself.
Hinduism: Do not do to others what would cause pain if done to you.
Islam: Not one of you truly believes until you wish for others
what you wish for yourself.

Judaism: What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbor.
Native Spirituality: We are as much alive as we keep the earth alive.
Zoroastrianism: Do not do unto others whatever is injurious to yourself.

It is important for me to ask myself, “what am I doing to help others? am I respectful of those with different opinions? do I not harm others?” In the song, Imagine by John Lennon the lyrics are my mantra:
Imagine all the people living for today…Imagine all the people living life in peace…Imagine all the people sharing all the world…You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one, I hope someday you’ll join us, and the world will be as one.

I welcome your comments. Thank you, Karen Ingalls the dreamer.

18 thoughts on “REFLECTIONS: ART, HISTORY, & LIFE.

  1. Your post is powerful and speaks truth. I would never deliberately destroy any piece of art, whether I liked it, agreed with it or hated it. We live in a strange world. Stay well and safe and let’s hope for a better tomorrow!


  2. Humanity and the acts of inhumanity that are perpetrated by some against others, often cause my dreams of peace and serenity of spirit to falter. I hold on to those dreams tightly. Here in part are the words I remember when darkness beckons. Taken from DESIDERATA

    “Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.

    Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

    Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.

    And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be. And whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.”
    Hold fast to those dreams, Karen. They will help sustain you. ❤

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      1. I love the poem in it’s entirety. I also have the song on an ancient cassette tape. I first heard it when I was around fifteen and it has always stayed with me.


  3. Beautiful, Karen. You listed some amazing role models, I wish we had one of them now. Imagine is my favorite song and I still believe we can get to that point of unconditional love.

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  4. The world will be a better place if only we can live in peace, but that was never meant to be. From the very beginning, God created this beautiful and peaceful world but Lucifer decided to muddle everything up. Since then, it has been trouble! Thank you, Karen, for sharing.

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    1. Love can defeat Lucifer’s powers, but he comes in many guises and fools some or his promises and strong persuasion is too hard for some to resist.
      Joy, I am glad you brought that perspective to the discussion.


    1. Gwen, thank you for sharing the video clip. We all need to keep joy in our hearts, yet sadness is a natural and normal response to certain events or people for a certain amount of time.


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