Showing posts with label no man is an island. Show all posts
Showing posts with label no man is an island. Show all posts

January 25, 2013

No Man is an Island, Part I




I'm so excited about the new exhibition I am curating. It feels really right, and right on time. The ideas behind No man is an island have been roaming around my head for years. So I may be talking about this for a while...
I like stories of individuals who have made an impact on some thing greater than themselves. I learned from my father that people have power. That one person can affect many, and that wasted talent is one of the worst things in the world. It took me almost 40 years to discover that not everyone thinks this way. A big problem I see right now is that so few believe this at all. It's a lot easier to not do your job and blame other people if you don't think anything you do affects anyone else. It's a lot easier to be vicious, lying and cruel. Or at the least a jerk neighbor or a rude cashier, or, say, a bank, a post office or a dentist that doesn't mind losing your business. An employer that fires all his employees but takes million dollar vacations. You get the idea. Human beings cannot exist without consequences. Try this out with a four year old and get back to me:  
"Eat your food."   
"NO."   
"Okay."
"Go to bed."   
"NO."   
"Okay."  
"Brush your teeth."   
"NO."   
"Okay."
I chalk some of this up to being an artist. Artists in general are risk takers and truth seekers, at least the ones that I consider Artists. Henri Matisse said, 'It takes courage to create'. It also takes courage to be a decent human being. You don't even have to be that smart, good, truthful or enlightened to realize that No man is an island. But maybe you do!