REFLECTIONS: ART, HISTORY, & LIFE.

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.