Waterfall At Stanhope

Waterfall At Stanhope
photo by ljoyburke

One of My Peeps

One of My Peeps
Robin photo by ljoyburke

Thursday, August 08, 2013

Signs

 

I've been thinking lately about how many new rules have shown up. I'm not talking about government rules, I'm talking about the kind of rules that are unspoken. The invisible rules in the social order. The way we are communicating governed by a few tech creatives, a few cultural creatives and a few anarchist who swear that being wired is the ultimate way to go.

Every day I watch folks move through their lives, not actually seeing the life around them, because they are engrossed in the electronic gadget in front of their eyes - or we have the uniform accessory of choice for the 21st century the ipod. I love the genius of invention  and I resent the glut of ways that folks can get to me and the expectation that I should respond immediately. I'm a mixed media artist, so perhaps this rebellion against the pressure of response and engagement every day to my world of friends is perfectly normal. If i'm in the social media world, i miss my own inner world. The house and garden suffer,  the dog starts to look a little like a hobo and my mind becomes overloaded with other people's opinions and feelings about too many things.

Some days I step back turn off all the sound, and listen to the drone of voices in my head that are my own. .  These are incredibly exciting and terrifying times. Artists in the 21st century are fearless, not bound by the overtly conservative morees of the past century anything and everything goes. 

I think the cultural creatives could really start little revolutions all over the planet, and provoke some real evolution towards the common good. Just like they did in the 60's. There was a kind of brilliance there that showed up in every part of life. Made such a difference in freeing people's conciousness, actually helped to wake folks up to a new kind of Freedom. Like the 60's it's not all good. We know that cause folks/people aren't all good.

 Technology in the hands of folks who are working towards the common good offers opportunities that are boundless. I foresee that we'll be moving towards a quest for balance in these next decades. We have the opportunity now to develop as brilliantly empathetic people - or heaven forbid tilt the scale in the opposite direction. 

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