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March 08, 2016


:-) Yay!!! And amen.

Yes, that's a good thing to say at the world or into the world. I've ended many a letter with "Good cheer despite all." And I hope you are in much better health soon. <3

What a wonderful reflection. Colors, exuberance, children, loving human relationships, nature -- these always cheer me up and inspire gratitude. And if I were an artist I would also like to focus on these.

Amen from me too, and that marvellous top photo as well as the spontaneous dancers in the street,confirm what you're saying.

I've been thinking further about this after sending you my last email. If you look at art from all periods of history, there have always been different ways of responding to the times which, on one hand always featured wars, corruption, natural and man-made disasters, oppression, injustice, cruelty, greed, megalomania, religious and/or political fanaticism, persecution, etc. But on the other hand, also their opposites: "love in spite of everything", truth and grace and wisdom and music and so on. We don't really need to choose whether to focus on the darkness or the light. Subject matter in art isn't really the point, is it? Byzantine icons and Kandinsky have something in common. Van Gogh's sunflowers are not jolly. Some art is cruel, some is kind. What I'm trying to say (but I'm not sure) is that what we are as individuals is what inevitably determines our modes of expression.

Thank you so much for taking time to think this through in writing and sharing your process. I find it utterly resonant at the moment and very inspiring.

Yet isn't the wonder of Easter, which is the culmination of an apparently suicidal journey to Jerusalem, that spiritually it reflects the joy and hope of (having died to the ego-self and descending into the hell of honest self-examination) living the resurrection of our higher selves? No judgements; no sacrifices.

"I want to be a person who sees, and helps other people see, the beauty and love that exist in the world in spite of everything."

Yes. Me too. Thank you for writing this.

Holding you in my heart.

Kia ora Beth...I think your problem solving skills are foucused and wonderful. Kia Kaha e hoa!

Yes, and amen

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