I am, first and foremost, an ordinary human being, one of a seven and a half billion other such entities sharing the same life and the same death. Consequently, in my relationships as well as in my art and writing I seek no other distinction than that granted at every instant by our miraculous participation in undivided existence. This sense of an intimate kinship with life is also the source and essence of responsibility, because the well-being and very survival of the species depends on making this same awareness available to every human being who may still be possessed by the fantasy of a separate, egocentric—and therefore irresponsible—existence. This is not easy, for many reasons, perhaps the most important of which is the deeply ingrained reluctance to see that, after fifty thousand years of what is commonly thought of as civilizing progress, our species remains as culturally and psychologically divided, and therefore as primitive and torn by injustice, conflict, and sorrow, as it has ever been.
Everyone has the right to find out that further superficial changes in political, professional, and psychological matters are not enough.Slight modifications of the same patterns of tribal and self-serving thought and behavior that have brought us to the present psychological, social, geopolitical, and ecological mess are merely the means whereby the same dysfunctional patterns of thought and emotion project themselves onto the future. There is no other rational option. A fundamental revolution in consciousness is absolutely necessary, and this involves a veritable leap away from who we each "think" we are and into an unprecedented state of mind, a mode of being, free of the traditional ethnocentric and sectarian structures and traditions that engender, protect, and extend the dangerous illusion of a separate personal existence.
This radical departure from a predetermined, mechanistic existence is the only motive for this artistic and publishing effort; an effort that for reasons that because of its very nature does not fit within traditional venues of exhibition and publication, and is consequently dependent for its continued operation on the generous support of individuals who may find its yield useful.
Artist Kim Schrag, my partner of many years, shares this project with me, and joins me in asking you to consider purchasing a piece of art or a book, or making a donation, which will help us satisfy our basic needs while continuing to sharpen our contribution to the emergence of the intelligently caring action that is so urgently necessary.
Your interest and generosity are greatly appreciated. This way you get to see Kim's own art and writing.
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