The great artists, whose courage channels truth and beauty into form, make all our lives better.
This made me burst into tears. It is very beautiful and true. We all need you, we need all artists of heart and mind and courage; we need to see your faith and fierceness, and the evidence of outrageous beauty; we need to know that your human soul and heart can counter pain and evil with truth, and that the vital power of the spirit be made manifest on canvas or in wood, plastic, clay, paint. It makes me feel stronger in the wake of this madness; it makes me glad to know that you, Ronnie, are there. Keep going hug your wife for me, and I send best wishes and thanks to you both, and your sons.
You're the culture we're here to defend.
Thank you for sending me that. Twenty years ago I had the choice of either moving into a loft in Soho or leave NY for the magical SW. I chose to leave but this horrible turn of events made it clear that my heart is still bonded to that part of NY that nurtured my creativity. My family is still there, downtown, cross-town trying to catch a clean breath of air.. make sense of this horror. I am grateful to all of you who would turn to prayer, to beauty and love...who would choose to hold the faith and create a balance to hate, war and destruction.
Reflections upon 911. . .
you for sharing your thoughts and works in these troubled times. Historically
it has been the artist's job to mirror civilization, the antennae
of society if you will. This artist doesn't like what he sees. I've
just returned from the Taos Mountain Film Festival opening film called
"Jung", the Afghani word for war. It is a brilliant, horrific,
and enlightening documentary by Giuseppe Pettito which shows in wrenching
detail the struggle the Afghani people have endured at the hands of
so many ideologues and foreign governments. I would encourage everyone
to find this documentary and watch it and weep, as did many at the
theater today. The root of this cancer that has now spread to our
shores is poverty, a condition we have the ability to correct. The
Taliban, like so many others is using these beautiful human beings
for their own selfish gain as so many have before them. If we are
insistent on bombing these people then do so with a new paradigm of
food, clothing, schools, hospitals and agricultural development. Strengthen
them in spirit and provide for their physical needs. I remain a peace
extremist, but if this horrible regime is to fall, I firmly believe
they will themselves give the Taliban a serious hiney wooping as they
have done with everyone else that attempted to erase them from their
lands. If we want to end terrorism we need to attend to the root cause
of the disease, we need to nurture them out of hunger and despair.
The United States government and the United Nations have abandoned
the Afghani people and we must accept our collusion and culpability
in the current world theater. Imagine for a moment if we were the
most enlightened country in the world instead of the most powerful.
webmaster Ron Davis if you wish to add to the dialog surrounding the
events of September 11, 2001.
I will be pleased to post it: