Saturday, April 2, 2011

Generally Speaking (The Beautiful, The Quiet and The Still)

In our effort to affect change, I wonder what would happen if we moved from highlighting generalizations which focus out the worst side(s) of our collective behaviour and instead shine a light on the anomalies within our culture where people are already living/thinking differently.

The fact of the matter is that our bad habits are denied, defended and protected by so many years of practice that we develop the ability to tune out any hint of chastisement without even realizing it. Resistance becomes our subconcious default.

What's needed at this juncture is something that cuts through the noise and catches us off our guard. Something so beautiful and out of the ordinary that we're forced to strain our ears and capture every little line of it's melody.

For years, this kind of inspiration was known as "art" and was employed hand in hand with silence and retreat as sure-fire ways to shake us out of our complacency.

Subversion preceeded conversion, and inspiration proved itself more profitable than condemnation as we exposed ourselves to the beautiful, the quiet and the still.

Indeed, it would seem the task before us these days is to seek "change" second to the challenge of creating the kind of environment where change is possible in the first place.

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