By the very nature of our capricious existence I think we are all uncertain and transient creatures. We live, we love, we elapse and sometimes we disappear altogether or die, but always we are fugitives of ephemeral and temporaral circumstance and our lives little more than a procession of fleeting moments of fugacious impermanence. That is the reality of being a single drop of evanescent life briefly distilled from an expansive ocean of potentiality rippling upon a ball of rock and iron called Earth hurtling at unprecedented speed through an unimaginably vast universe at the authoritative command of unseen and unknowable forces. I’ve no doubt that it is because we are as caught up within this unstable and flowing carnival of life as we are that few of us ever really find the opportunity to stop for long enough and reflect on the world and actually consider what it means to be a sentient human being persisting as the apex product of Nature’s evolution. In truth I’d go as far as to suggest that we are still just beginning to understand the miracle of living in a world already of an age that defies our comprehension, and evolutionary speaking, remain no more than needful infants still demanding sensationalism and gratification to supersede any degree of understanding and natural wisdom.
Of all the people we come to meet on our respective journeys through this constantly bewildering and contradictory life there are those in whom we find an immense feeling of brotherhood and deep spiritual connection that supports a totally agreeable and singularly unique outlook on the state of this temporal World. And more importantly, such a kinship is often revealed by the permanence and devotion of our endeavours to continually find a way to care about Life and the species we call Mankind who dwell upon our planet Earth. It is in our individual efforts to persist in our duty to better the world we share which becomes the common denominator existing between like-minded souls. We persist in the same way as they persist. Such people are blessed with inspired hearts and deeply feeling souls because they have been assigned a duty to help lead Mankind forward once more in the true spirit of freedom, towards an engagement with the imagination and a more honest expression of humankind’s true values and unlimited worth.
It takes a brave man to remain true to achieving such personalised goals, and a braver soul still to maintain buoyancy in the man who delivers such truth to a remorseless world currently doing its best to dilute the gift of Life through perfidy, manipulation, deceit, lies despair, scientific reductionism and cerebral dominance. All Warriors of Light who ride out to confront these anti-representational dogs of war, ride out together as a single voice under the one last remaining banner of freedom called Imagination that demands and promotes Creativity, Innovation, Ingenuity, Originality, Unorthodoxy, Nonconformity, and most important of all, Individuality and opportunity for uncensored Self-Expression. Without it humanity disappears under the veil of an imposed and wholly subjective appreciation of acceptability and artistic strangulation born from the despotic minds of the few with the power to dictate terms to the majority. Censorship must never fall foul to political ambition, financial prosperity, nor at the expense of silencing the voice of mankind’s consciousness. When Art is subordinate to the regimes that restrict it’s exhibition because it does not fit in with a governments agenda then realistically the last bastion of an individual’s right to freedom is removed with it. And that pretty much leaves only pay-by-the-hour taxation on the air we breathe and rental charges on the force of gravity.
I think there are thousands and thousands of Artists out there who have the mechanisms already in place by which to reach the wider world, and in utilising these widely available technological means just one man can reach in to the hearts, minds and souls of hundreds and thousands of other people and in so doing perpetuate the upsurge of positive change that has already started to gain weight and which will eventually lead mankind out of the darkness of his fading enlightenment and back in to the celestial spaces of his higher consciousness. Art has that power, as does Authorship, Photography, Illustration, Film and Animation, in fact ALL creative endeavours that express something about the human condition offer the opportunity to convey hugely powerful messages that can be easily absorbed and widely understood because they are archetypal and resonate within us all. Such outstandingly creative souls must do all they can to reach still further beyond the contrived conventions of our time in search of all possible means to depict an elusive future World called Earth that perpetually reminds civilization of the wonder of our once blessed innocence as it existed at the dawn of Mankind’s forgotten birth.
When the wings of an imaginative mind can carry a man on a flight out beyond the edges of visible Space to imagine brave new worlds thriving in infant galaxies, and when that same mind can then look back with tear filled eyes and realise what the shining green and blue stone of planet Earth really is: a beautiful heavenly body undifferentiated in its loving creation by disparity, inequality, inequity, or pain, and supporting an abundance of unique life forms, of which Humankind is but one temporary life force occupying its surface, then I truly believe from the bottom of my heart that the self-imposed structures of Life that we design, implement, naively encourage, and which we are born in to and so foolishly perpetuate on Earth would not even exist at all. Instead of the violence, hatred, bloodshed, and immense suppression of our species we would still be living in Milton’s lost paradise and already be journeying to other world’s by the power of just our own minds. After all, it is not the physical body that needs to move through time and space to arrive on the surface of a distant star, it is only our mind. And in much the same way, it is not our physical body which needs to change to accommodate a fresh new perspective on life either, it is also only our collective mind.
Michael Collins, the pilot of the Apollo mission carrying Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin to the surface of the Moon is one of the few men to have seen such a beautiful sight. He had this to say:
“I really believe that if the political leaders of the world could see their planet from space, say from a distance of 100,000 miles above its surface, their outlook would be fundamentally changed. That all-important border would be invisible, that noisy argument silenced. The tiny globe would continue to turn, serenely ignoring its subdivisions, presenting a unified façade that would cry out for unified understanding, for homogeneous treatment. The Earth must become as it appears: blue and white, not Capitalist or Communist; blue and white, not rich or poor; blue and white, not envious or envied.”
Coming from a man who has actually journeyed to another world, I find these words very powerful, and certainly humbling, and I think for anyone with the ability to hold onto a more positive vision of mankind’s future, such words should be spoken daily in reverence of who and what we all could be, and in shame and disgrace at what we have unwittingly become: a self-satisfying and parasitic species destroying our planet by inflating our bodies and our ego’s on convenience living, lust, greed, sloth, and easy virtue, and shrinking our minds by accepting so readily a never ending stream of imposed concepts, beliefs and contrived teachings that on many occasions form the basis of indoctrination and control of the masses. Michael Collins message longs to be disseminated amongst the World’s Powers as a reminder of just how small and intellectually wanting we truly are and how foolish our species is to remain so fixated on our base desires when in truth our supressed higher faculties could ultimately deliver us all from such unnecessary self-imposed bondage. When as a species we can be so insidiously manipulated into allowing our children to feel excited by the prospect of signing their name on the warheads of bombs and rockets that are destined to be dropped on other people’s children, then mankind has well and truly fallen from the grace of Love and there is literally no further we can descend in to depravity and moral wickedness. No other species on our planet is as gifted as human beings are gifted, no other species has the potential to influence and change this wondrous world and yet we are the only species on this one and only planet that chooses without guilt or remorse to accept the command of others to kill in the insidious name of personal wealth, lust and greed.
Millions of years ago, it was just one ‘seed of light’ that came forth from a sea of potential to create the One universe of Man. And just one Seed of Light can again be all that is needed to open up a fissure in the hearts and minds of our collective consciousness that is big enough for the superlative brilliance of mankind’s artistic imagination and creativity to burst through and offer a prophetic vision of hope and a certainty for the return of a state of balance, respect, and honour in our world which would be far more effective than any amount of Political hot air and contrived nonsense would ever be in ensuring the transformation of our human race. In carrying out such a vastly responsible undertaking, one imagines the Artists, Writers, Poets, Visionaries, and Seers unified as a single voice, marching together and carrying their craftsman’s tools like Staff’s of Redemption with the intention of heralding in a more beautifully inspired New World: one based on Beauty, Harmony, Spirituality, Compassion, Empathy, Feeling, Emotion, Equity, Equipoise, Equality, and most importantly Love. It would indeed be the greatest miracle in the world.
DN – 17/03/14