Sentient in Seattle – 20 August 2018

Musings in Summer: Joseph Campbell

“Anyone who has had an experience of mystery knows that there is a dimension of the universe that is not that which is available to his senses. There is a pertinent saying in one of the Upanishads: When before the beauty of a sunset or of a mountain you pause and exclaim, ‘Ah,’ you are participating in divinity. Such a moment of participation involves a realization of the wonder and sheer beauty of existence. People living in the world of nature experience such moments every day. They live in the recognition of something there that is much greater than the human dimension.”

Art For Summer: Hongtao Li (Chinese, contemporary)

Below – “Dream’s Samba”; “Peace”; Untitled

Remembering a Nobel Laureate on the Date of His Birth: Born 20 August 1901 – Salvatore Quasimodo, a Sicilian novelist, poet, and recipient of the 1959 Novel Prize in Literature.

“Nostalgia and Regret”
by Salvatore Quasimodo

Now the day breaks
night is done and the moon
slowly dissolved in serene air
sets in the canals.
September is so alive in this country
of plains, the meadows are green
as in the southern valleys in spring.
I have left my companions,
I have hidden my heart behind ancient walls,
to be alone, to remember.
Since you are further off than the moon,
now the day breaks
and the horses’ hooves beat on the stones.


French Art – Charles Levier (1920-2003): Part I of II.

In the words of one writer, “Charles Levier, aka Maurice Verrier, was born in 1920 of a French Father and an American Mother in Corsica. He held a fascination with color and form that led him, at age seventeen, to the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Arts Decoratifs for private studies. World War II broke out and Levier served in the French army in North Africa, later becoming Liaison Officer with the U.S. Office of Strategic Services. Coming to America to live, Levier divided his time between the United States and France.”

Below – “Girl with Flowers”; “Abstract Floral Coastal Portrait”; “Two Women”; “Girl Holding Flowers”; “Farmhouse”; “Jeune Femme Nue Les Bras Croises.”

Remembering a Writer on the Date of His Birth: Born 20 August 1890 – Howard Phillips Lovecraft, an American short story writer, novelist, and editor, who created some of the best and most influential works in the horror fiction genre.
My first encounter with H. P. Lovecraft’s tales was one that I will never forget (follow the link below).

The Call of Cthulhu


French Art – Charles Levier (1920-2003): Part II of II.

In the words of one writer, “Levier’s first one-man show took place at the Galerie Constantine in Lyons in 1949, followed by an American debut in Los Angeles in 1950. In 1955, he came to the attention of Dr. Lilienfeld of Van-Diemen, Lilienfeld Gallery in New York City. Dr. Lilienfeld was widely respected, and his personal enthusiasm of Levier’s work was instrumental in establishing him as a significant artist and proved a most valuable introduction to numerous collectors. Levier is first and foremost a figurative painter, dramatic and expressionistic, definitive yet seductive, yet always subtle with carefully considered colors.”

Below – “Le Bar”; “La Nuit”; “Printemps”; “Lady With Hat”; “Promenade”; Untitled (Portrait of a Girl in Black Hat).


Worth a Thousand Words: Mount Washington, Oregon.


Contemporary Italian Art – Rino Li Causi

In the words of one writer, “In 1960 he moved to Rome and began his artistic career under the influence of friends who were already established artists. In 1962 he moved to Florence where he developed and refined his personal style. In 1969 he began to successfully capture the essence of his emotional inspirations on canvas. Li Causi’s paintings have been exhibited and enthusiastically received in major galleries throughout the world including one man shows in Tokyo, Florence, Rome, New York and Nice (France).”

Below – “Brooklyn Bridge”; “Morning Sailing”; “Picnic in the Park”; “Very Happy Day”; “Spring in the Valley”; “Summer in the Country.”

Remembering a Writer on the Date of His Death: Died 20 August 1986 – Milton Acorn, a Canadian poet and playwright.

“Live With Me on Earth Under the Invisible Daylight Moon”
by Milton Acorn

Live with me on Earth among red berries and the bluebirds
And leafy young twigs whispering
Within such little spaces, between such floors of green, such
figures in the clouds
That two of us could fill our lives with delicate wanting:

Where stars past the spruce copse mingle with fireflies
Or the dayscape flings a thousand tones of light back at the
sun—
Be any one of the colours of an Earth lover;
Walk with me and sometimes cover your shadow with mine.

This Date in Art History: Died 20 August 2006 – Joe Rosenthal, an American photographer, journalist, and recipient of the Pulitzer Prize.

Below – “Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima” (for which Rosenthal won the Pulitzer Prize); Children on Guam holding U.S. flags made secretly during the Japanese occupation; “Lunch Atop a Skyscraper”; Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe returning to San Francisco from their honeymoon in Hawaii; San Francisco Giants Parade; Associated Press photograph of Joe Rosenthal.

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A Lament for America in the Age of Trump – 20 August 2018

“Accepting fraud from our leaders means accepting fraud in our personal lives.” ― DaShanne Stokes, American sociologist, author, and public intellectual.

 

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Sentient in Seattle – 19 August 2018

Musings in Summer: Vincent van Gogh

“If one truly loves nature one finds beauty everywhere.”

Below – Vincent van Gogh: “Olive Trees with Yellow Sky and Sun”

Art for Summer: Dorit Levi (Israeli, contemporary)

Below – “Innocence”; “Wave of Change”; “Festival”


For Your Information: 19 August is National Potato Day in the United States. Take your pick: baked, fried, or mashed.


This Date in Art History: Born 19 August 1848 – Gustave Caillebotte, a French painter: Part I of II.

Below – “The Floor Scrapers”; “Young Man at His Window”; “Paris Street, Rainy Day”; “Yellow Roses in a Vase”; “Le jardin du Petit Gennevilliers en hiver”; “Self-Portrait.”

 

Remembering a Writer on the Date of His Death: Died 19 August 1936 – Federico Garcia Lorca, a Spanish poet and playwright.

“Two Evening Moons”
by Federico Garcia Lorca
translated by Sarah Arvio

i

For Laurita, my sister’s friend

The moon is dead dead
— it will come back to life in the spring

when a south wind
ruffles the brow of the poplars

when our hearts yield their harvest of sighs

when the roofs wear their grass hats

The moon is dead dead
— it will come back to life in the spring

ii

For Isabelita, my sister

The evening sings a lullaby
to the oranges

My little sister sings
“the earth is an orange”

The moon weeping says
“I want to be an orange”

You can’t be — my dear —
even if you turn pink
or a little bit lemon
How sad!

Below – Christopher Gee: “Reeds with two moons”

This Date in Art History: Born 19 August 1848 – Gustave Caillebotte, a French painter: Part II of II.

Below – “L’Yerres, pluie”; “Portraits à la campagne”; “Les orangers”; “Interior”; “The Yellow Fields at Gennevilliers”; “In a Cafe.”

For Your Information: 19 August is World Humanitarian Day. In the words of one writer, this “is a day dedicated to recognize humanitarian personnel and those who have lost their lives working for humanitarian causes.”


This Date in Art History: Died 19 August 1932 – Louis Anquetin, a French painter.

Below – “Reading Woman”; “Woman at the Champs-Élysées by Night”; “Inside Bruant’s Mirliton”; “Woman with Umbrella”; “Moulin Rouge”; “Self-Portrait with a Pipe.”


Worth a Thousand Words: The night sky over the Gobi Desert, Mongolia.

This Date in Art History: Did 19 August 1957 – David Bomberg, an English painter.

Below – “Tregor and Tregoff, Cornwall”; “Sappers at Work: A Canadian Tunnelling Company, Hill 60, St Eloi”; “The Mud Bath”; “Portrait of Dinora”; “Flowers in a Vase”; “Moonlight, Beddgelert.”


Remembering a Great Performer on the Date of His Death: Died 19 August 1977 – Julius Henry “Groucho” Marx, an American comedian, writer, actor, and stage, film, radio, and television star.

Some quotes from the work of Groucho Marx:

“I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.”
“When you’re in jail, a good friend will be trying to bail you out. A best friend will be in the cell next to you saying, ‘Damn, that was fun’.”
“The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you’ve got it made.”
“I’m not crazy about reality, but it’s still the only place to get a decent meal.”
“While money can’t buy happiness, it certainly lets you choose your own form of misery.”
“Learn from the mistakes of others. You can never live long enough to make them all yourself.”
“I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.”

Contemporary Mexican-American Art – Jesus Leuus

In the words of one writer, “He studied painting and sculpture under the guidance of Augustine Lazo, Rodrigues Lozano, Orozco Romero and Alfredo Zalce. Inspired greatly by the ancient designs of the Aztecs and Mayans, Leuus has developed a distinctive style, based on ancient history but unmistakably Contemporary and Modern. He paints monumental figures that are figured to express love, sadness, the rich and the poor, and life and death .”

Below – “Mourning”; “Mother and Child with Watermelon”; “Grouping”; “Man with Violin”; “Women and Child”; “Family Mexico.”

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A Lament for America in the Age of Trump – 19 August 2018

“Fear of the unknown and the other is the root of almost all hate. It is born of ignorance and fed by those who would keep us divided.” ― Tinnekke Bebout, an American writer.

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Sentient in Seattle – 18 August 2018

Musings in Summer: Margaret Atwood

“But my dreaming self refuses to be consoled. It continues to wander, aimless, homeless, alone. It cannot be convinced of its safety by any evidence drawn from my waking life.”

Art for Summer – Part I of III: Pierre Lesieur (French, 1922-2011)

Below – Untitled IV; “The Bottle”; Untitled

Remembering a Writer on the Date of Her Birth: Born 18 August 1885 – Nettie Palmer, an Australian poet and critic.

“The Mother”
by Nettie Palmer

In the sorrow and the terror of the nations,
In a world shaken through by lamentations,
Shall I dare know happiness
That I stitch a baby’s dress?

So: for I shall be a mother with the mothers,
I shall know the mother’s anguish like the others,
Present joy must surely start
For the life beneath my heart.

Gods and men, ye know a woman’s glad unreason,
How she cannot bend and weep but in her season,
Let my hours with rapture glow
As the seams and stitches grow.

And I cannot hear the word of fire and slaughter;
Do men die? Then live, my child, my son, my daughter!
Into realms of pain I bring
You for joy’s own offering.

Below – August Macke: “Woman Sewing”


Art for Summer – Part II of III: Hong Leung (Chinese, contemporary)

Below – “Sleeping Village”; “Li River Edge”; “Mountain Sonata”

For Your Information: 18 August is National Pinot Noir Day in the United States.

Art for Summer – Part III of III: Thomas Leung (Chinese, contemporary)

Below – “Rainbow Falls”; “Alpine Glow”; “Pele at Play”


A Poem for Today

“Country Summer”
by Leonie Adams

Now the rich cherry, whose sleek wood,
And top with silver petals traced
Like a strict box its gems encased,
Has spilt from out that cunning lid,
All in an innocent green round,
Those melting rubies which it hid;
With moss ripe-strawberry-encrusted,
So birds get half, and minds lapse merry
To taste that deep-red, lark’s-bite berry,
And blackcap bloom is yellow-dusted.

The wren that thieved it in the eaves
A trailer of the rose could catch
To her poor droopy sloven thatch,
And side by side with the wren’s brood—
O lovely time of beggar’s luck—
Opens the quaint and hairy bud;
And full and golden is the yield
Of cows that never have to house,
But all night nibble under boughs,
Or cool their sides in the moist field.

Into the rooms flow meadow airs,
The warm farm baking smell’s blown round.
Inside and out, and sky and ground
Are much the same; the wishing star,
Hesperus, kind and early born,
Is risen only finger-far;
All stars stand close in summer air,
And tremble, and look mild as amber;
When wicks are lighted in the chamber,
They are like stars which settled there.

Now straightening from the flowery hay,
Down the still light the mowers look,
Or turn, because their dreaming shook,
And they waked half to other days,
When left alone in the yellow stubble
The rusty-coated mare would graze.
Yet thick the lazy dreams are born,
Another thought can come to mind,
But like the shivering of the wind,
Morning and evening in the corn.

Below – Vincent van Gogh: “The Harvest”

This Date in Art History: Died 18 August 1642 – Guido Reni, an Italian painter.

Below – “Hippomenes and Atalanta”; “The Rape of Europa”; “Charity”; “The Toilet of Venus”; “Bacchus and Ariadne”; “Self-Portrait.”

Worth a Thousand Words: The Summer Triangle Stars: Altair (lower right), Vega (top, center), and Deneb (middle, left).

This Date in Art History: Born 18 August 1944 – Robert Hitchcock, an Australian sculptor and illustrator.

Below – “Dancer”; “Harmony”; “Horse, neck extended”; “Nureyeev”; “Yagan Statue, Heirisson Island”; “Susan Dancing.”

Musings in Summer: Jack Kerouac

“At night in this part of the West the stars, as I had seen them in Wyoming, were as big as Roman Candles and as lonely as the Prince who’s lost his ancestral home and journeys across the spaces trying to find it again, and knows he never will.”

This Date in Art History: Died 18 August 2012 – Harrison Begay, a Navajo painter.

Below – “Herding Her Sheep”; “Navajo”; “Navajo Appaloosa & Rider”; Untitled; “Fire Dance”; “Yeibachai dancers.”

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A Lament for America in the Age of Trump – 18 August 2018

“Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something.” ― Plato.

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Sentient in Seattle – 17 August 2018

Remembering a Nobel Laureate on the Date of Her Birth: Born 17 August 1953 – Herta Muller, a Romanian-born German novelist, poet, essayist, and recipient of the 2009 Nobel Prize in Literature.

Some quotes from the work of Herta Muller:

“Every day brought me further away from other people, I had been placed out of the world’s sight, as if in a cupboard, and I hoped it would stay that way. I developed a yearning for being alone, unkempt, untended.”
“I’m always telling myself I don’t have many feelings. Even when something does affect me I’m only moderately moved. I almost never cry. It’s not that I’m stronger than the ones with teary eyes, I’m weaker. They have courage. When all you are is skin and bones, feelings are a brave thing. I’m more of a coward. The difference is minimal though, I just use my strength not to cry. When I do allow myself a feeling, I take the part that hurts and bandage it up with a story that doesn’t cry, that doesn’t dwell on homesickness.”
“Anything in literature, including memory, is second-hand.”
“Suffering doesn’t improve human beings, does it?”
“Some people speak and sing and walk and sit and sleep and silence their homesickness, for a long time, and to no avail. Some say that over time homesickness loses its specific content, that it starts to smolder and only then becomes all-consuming, because it’s no longer focused on a concrete home. I am one of the people who say that.”

Art for Summer – Part I of II: Tamara de Lempicka (Polish, 1898-1980)

Below – “Printemps”; “Lady in Lace”; “Self-Portrait”

For Your Information: 17 August is National Vanilla Custard Day in the United States.

Art for Summer – Part II of II: Patricia Leroux (French/Polynesian, contemporary)

Below – “Le Bain”; “Memory”; “Les Baigneuses”

Remembering a Nobel Laureate on the Date of His Birth: Born 17 August 1932 – V. S. Naipaul, an Indo-Caribbean writer and recipient of the 2001 Nobel Prize in Literature.

Some quotes from the work of V. S. Naipaul:

“One isn’t born one’s self. One is born with a mass of expectations, a mass of other people’s ideas – and you have to work through it all.”
“The only lies for which we are truly punished are those we tell ourselves.”
“Most people are not really free. They are confined by the niche in the world that they carve out for themselves. They limit themselves to fewer possibilities by the narrowness of their vision.”
“The melancholy thing about the world is that it is full of stupid people; and the world is run for the benefit of the stupid and common.”
“After all, we make ourselves according to the ideas we have of our possibilities.”


Contemporary French Art – Linda LeKinff: Par I of II.

In the words of one writer, “In the bold and vibrant creations of Linda LeKinff, elements of her beloved masters permeate her highly original visions, embuing them with a force greater than the sum of their parts. Yet, when a body of her work is gathered for an exhibition, there is no mistaking that such a collection is a coherent outpouring of one very focused and original mind, drawing on a diverse treasure of artistic influences and personal experiences.”

Below – “Florilege”; Untitled; “Welcome”;”Flowers, Flowers, Flowers”; “Pastourelle”; “Double.”

Remembering a Writer on the Date o His Death: Died 17 August 2013 – John Hollander, an American poet, critic, and recipient of the Bollingen Prize.

“An Old-Fashioned Song”
by John Hollander

No more walks in the wood:
The trees have all been cut
Down, and where once they stood
Not even a wagon rut
Appears along the path
Low brush is taking over.

No more walks in the wood;
This is the aftermath
Of afternoons in the clover
Fields where we once made love
Then wandered home together
Where the trees arched above,
Where we made our own weather
When branches were the sky.
Now they are gone for good,
And you, for ill, and I
Am only a passer-by.

We and the trees and the way
Back from the fields of play
Lasted as long as we could.
No more walks in the wood.

Contemporary French Art – Linda LeKinff: Par II of II.

In the words of one writer, “Drawing from her travels, dreams, reading and imagination, Linda LeKinff has taken her place among contemporary artists whose work frees us from the mundane reality of everyday life, not with elaborate fantasy but with a sure-handed rendering of beauty and elegance in line with her personal view on painting.”

Below – “Jane”; “Eclypse”; “L’Orchidee”; “Chopin’s Concert”; “Red Hat”; “Nuit.”

Worth a Thousand Words: A section of Sherwood Forest, England.


This Date in Art History: Born 17 August 1863 – Gene Stratton-Porter, an American conservationist and nature photographer.

Below – Six of Gene Stratton-Porter’s photographs.


Remembering a Writer on the Date of His Birth: Born 17 August 1930 – Ted Hughes, an English poet and playwright.

“Hawk Roosting”
by Ted Hughes

I sit in the top of the wood, my eyes closed.
Inaction, no falsifying dream
Between my hooked head and hooked feet:
Or in sleep rehearse perfect kills and eat.

The convenience of the high trees!
The air’s buoyancy and the sun’s ray
Are of advantage to me;
And the earth’s face upward for my inspection.

My feet are locked upon the rough bark.
It took the whole of Creation
To produce my foot, my each feather:
Now I hold Creation in my foot

Or fly up, and revolve it all slowly –
I kill where I please because it is all mine.
There is no sophistry in my body:
My manners are tearing off heads –

The allotment of death.
For the one path of my flight is direct
Through the bones of the living.
No arguments assert my right:

The sun is behind me.
Nothing has changed since I began.
My eye has permitted no change.
I am going to keep things like this.


This Date in Art History: Born 17 August 1920 – Lida Moser, an American photographer.

Below – “Judy and the Boys (Mimicry)”; “Fair, Gallup, New Mexico”; “Berenice Abbott. Maine, April, 1975”; “Sat afternoon – going into town, 1951”; “Sat. afternoon in Farmers community, 1951”; “Roadside holiday, U.S.A., 1951.”

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A Lament for America in the Age of Trump – 17 August 2018

“I think we risk becoming the best informed society that has ever died of ignorance.” ― Ruben Blades, Panamanian/American singer, songwriter, actor, musician, activist, and politician.”

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Sentient in Seattle – 16 August 2018

Remembering a Writer on the Date of His Death: Died 16 August 1678 – Andrew Marvell, an English poet, satirist, and politician.

“To His Coy Mistress”
by Andrew Marvell

Had we but world enough and time,
This coyness, lady, were no crime.
We would sit down, and think which way
To walk, and pass our long love’s day.
Thou by the Indian Ganges’ side
Shouldst rubies find; I by the tide
Of Humber would complain. I would
Love you ten years before the flood,
And you should, if you please, refuse
Till the conversion of the Jews.
My vegetable love should grow
Vaster than empires and more slow;
An hundred years should go to praise
Thine eyes, and on thy forehead gaze;
Two hundred to adore each breast,
But thirty thousand to the rest;
An age at least to every part,
And the last age should show your heart.
For, lady, you deserve this state,
Nor would I love at lower rate.
But at my back I always hear
Time’s wingèd chariot hurrying near;
And yonder all before us lie
Deserts of vast eternity.
Thy beauty shall no more be found;
Nor, in thy marble vault, shall sound
My echoing song; then worms shall try
That long-preserved virginity,
And your quaint honour turn to dust,
And into ashes all my lust;
The grave’s a fine and private place,
But none, I think, do there embrace.
Now therefore, while the youthful hue
Sits on thy skin like morning dew,
And while thy willing soul transpires
At every pore with instant fires,
Now let us sport us while we may,
And now, like amorous birds of prey,
Rather at once our time devour
Than languish in his slow-chapped power.
Let us roll all our strength and all
Our sweetness up into one ball,
And tear our pleasures with rough strife
Through the iron gates of life:
Thus, though we cannot make our sun
Stand still, yet we will make him run.

Below – William Adolphe Bouguereau: “The Proposal”


Art for Summer – Part I of III: Luc Leestemaker (American, 1957-2012)

Below – “Landscape”; “Transfigurations”; “Abstract Mixed Media on Canvas”


Worth a Thousand Words: Big River emptying into the sea in Mendocino, California.

Art for Summer – Part II of III: Annie Leibovitz (American, contemporary)

Below – “Pete Seeger, Clearwater Revival, Croton-on-Hudson, New York (Banjo) 2001” (photograph); “Whiz Kids: Scorcese, Lucas, Spielberg, Coppola 1996” (photograph); “Keith Haring Cibachrome Print 1986”

Remembering a Writer on the date of His Birth: Born 16 August 1920 – Charles Bukowski, a German-born American poet, novelist, and short story writer.

“The Japanese Wife”
by Charles Bukowski

O lord, he said, Japanese women,
real women, they have not forgotten,
bowing and smiling
closing the wounds men have made;
but American women will kill you like they
tear a lampshade,
American women care less than a dime,
they’ve gotten derailed,
they’re too nervous to make good:
always scowling, belly-aching,
disillusioned, overwrought;
but oh lord, say, the Japanese women:
there was this one,
I came home and the door was locked
and when I broke in she broke out the bread knife
and chased me under the bed
and her sister came
and they kept me under that bed for two days,
and when I came out, at last,
she didn’t mention attorneys,
just said, you will never wrong me again,
and I didn’t; but she died on me,
and dying, said, you can wrong me now,
and I did,
but you know, I felt worse then
than when she was living;
there was no voice, no knife,
nothing but little Japanese prints on the wall,
all those tiny people sitting by red rivers
with flying green birds,
and I took them down and put them face down
in a drawer with my shirts,
and it was the first time I realized
that she was dead, even though I buried her;
and some day I’ll take them all out again,
all the tan-faced little people
sitting happily by their bridges and huts
and mountains—
but not right now,
not just yet.


Art for Summer – Part III of III: David Lemon (American, contemporary)

Below (all bronze) – “Vacant Thunder”; “Sassy”; “Knothead Ballet”


Remembering an Actor on the Date of His Death: Died 16 August 1956 – Bela Lugosi, a Hungarian-American actor best known for his portrayal of Dracula.

This Date in Art History: Died 16 August 2004 – Carl Mydans, an American photographer.

Below – Boy Sitting on a Bed in Oil Boom Town of Freer, Texas, 1937; Douglas MacArthur coming ashore on Lingayen, Philippines, 1944; Cafe in Pikesville, Tennessee, 1936; A Young Japanese-American playing a guitar in the the Tule Lake Internment Center, California; Italians in Refugee Camp; Homestead children coming home from school, Decatur Homesteads, Indiana, 1936.


Remembering an Influential Economist on the Date of His Birth: Born 16 August 1911 – E. F. Schumacher, a German economist, statistician, and author of “Small Is Beautiful: A Study of Economics As If People Mattered.”

Some quotes from the work of E. F. Schumacher:

“Anyone who thinks consumption can expand forever on a finite planet is either insane or an economist.”
“Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex… It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.”
“The system of nature, of which man is a part, tends to be self-balancing, self-adjusting, self-cleansing. Not so with technology.”
“Development does not start with goods; it starts with people and their education, organization, and discipline. Without these three, all resources remain latent, untapped, potential.”
“Is there enough to go around? What is enough? Who can tell us? Certainly not the economist who pursues economic growth as the highest of all values, and therefore has no concept of enough.”
“At present, there can be little doubt that the whole of mankind is in mortal danger, not because we are short of scientific and technological know-how, but because we tend to use it destructively, without wisdom. More education can help us only if produces more wisdom.”
“The purpose of work is to give people a chance to utilize and develop their faculties; to enable them to overcome their ego-centeredness by joining others in a common task; and to bring for the goods and services needed for a becoming existence.”
“The real problems of our planet are not economic or technical, they are philosophical. The philosophy of unbridled materialism is being challenged by events.”
“Man’s needs are infinite, and infinitude can be achieved only in the spiritual realm, never in the material.”
“It is doubly chimerical to build peace on economic foundations which, in turn, rest on the systematic cultivation of greed and envy, the very forces which drive men into conflict.”
“I cannot predict the wind but I can have my sail ready.”
“Wisdom demands a new orientation of science and technology toward the organic, the gentle, the elegant and beautiful.”


This Date in Art History: Died 16 August 1952 – Lydia Field Emmet, an American painter.

Below – “The Brothers”; “Spring and Autumn” (stained glass window); “Miss Ginnie and Polly”; “Boy and His Dog”; “Sisters”; “Self Portrait.”

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A Lament for America in the Age of Trump – 16 August 2018

“The trouble with practical jokes is that very often they get elected.” – Will Rogers.

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