No need to say anything else:
Here’s my take on a world flag for unity of the world’s people around peace, tolerance, compassion, unity and love: the water and reeds behind the tree represent emotional openness; the wires you can see behind the reeds are the differences between countries being relegated to the past and insignificance;t he tree represents the World Tree of Love, while the doves top and bottom represent love, kindness and co-operation between nations.
I prefer this to the flags of individual countries which – heresy, I know – are simply pieces of cloth with different patterns. They are used to justify false patriotism, division between nations, images of superiority and justification for wars.
Bah, humbug – I want a world flag to represent the beautiful world on which we live. For aeons we had no idea of what the world looked like as a whole and now we do – a superbly beautiful entity which deserves our awe at its magnificence and our determination to live on our feet as worthy of this wonderful planet and not on our knees bowing and scraping before outdated, individual flags.
Just look at the images below and perhaps aspire to the greatness of seeing each and every one of us here on Earth as a wonderful, worldwide web of global families.
(This piece of digital art was originally created in acrylics to reflect the entry of Uranus into Aries in 2002 – change, upheaval, new ideas, passion – which I have revisited to reflect the rise of passion for honest politics with the bubbles on the left the hopes of people for social justice and peace)
It has come to my attention that changes are afoot in the political world in the UK and US (with some odd bits thrown in by Podema in Spain and Syriza in Greece) which are raising questions about the political status quo. I therefore feel it’s my solemn duty to warn those reading my post of the following:
Jeremy Corbyn in the UK and Bernie Sanders in the US are what is known as – shock, horror – LEFT-WINGERS and SOCIAL DEMOCRATS. I hope you are all aware that when these two dangerous characters get out of bed each day, they wind in their horns, tuck in their tails and stop breathing out fire and brimstone so the look like human beings instead of the Devil Incarnate as they head out to talk of quite terrible things which should make our hair stand on end.
They both appear to be honest fellows but they will insist on talking about a commitment to equality, peace and justice which is a bit weird to say the least. They also talk about reining in the banking and bombing establishments, supporting living wages for the working poor, ensuring the billionaire class pays its way and – imagine – not bombing people with oil into oblivion! Just imagine spouting drivel like stopping tax evasion by multinationals and billionaires – Corbyn and Sanders should wash their mouths out!
Now I know this is completely heretical and I’m sorry to spoil your breakfast with words like “social justice”, “poor people”, “nationalisation of the railways” (UK – imagine lower fares, decent network and trains on time, what a concept!), free education to ensure open entrance to tertiary education for all levels of society, but there’s something else I have to inform you about. Neither of these gentlemen gets togged up in flash clothing, they often eschew ties (okay, I know you gotta sit down for that one), their hair is often dishevelled and not slicked back, and Corbyn (and this is really dreadful – brace yourselves!) has been seen in socks and sandals. Can you imagine this sartorial sin on full display and no apology! Plus Corbyn committed the ultimate sin of standing by his convictions as a Republican and not singing that dreadful dirge known as the British anthem. What a monster!
I guess it’s also my mission to say that these two – Corbyn and Sanders – have stuffed up the horse-trading between the major political parties, which make a big show of being different but boil down to the same: conservative and conservative lite, both administering a cosy little relationship between the political systems, the Establishment and the mainstream media.
Corbyn and Sanders have tossed a bomb in the status quo – a bomb of peace not war, justice not injustice, care for the disadvantaged, equal opportunity. My god, bombers for truth and wisdom! What a concept, what courage, what hope!
This image was created from a photograph taken by Ann of The Republic of Ann blog (http://therepublicofann.wordpress.com). The photo reminded me of a peaceful pathway towards the Rainbow Bridge for all those who’ve lost to their lives in wars wherever they have taken place.
So this digital art is dedicated to those who have lost their lives in wars through the ages and in all countries which have suffered the tragedy of conflict.
I thought the best comment I’ve read over the past few weeks of remembrance of wars and lives lost was this:
“The best way to honour veterans, is to not create any more veterans.”
Stop the hairy-chested, fist-waving
Sit down, talk out problems and
forget the cold war warrior
You – Putin, McCain, Hillary Clinton, Obama, Poreshenko, Assad, al-Sisi, Netanyahu —
I could sit you at a table with your skin removed and
you would have no idea
who was whom, equal, emperors with no clothes,
brought to stand in front of those you send to war,
those you bomb,
those whose lives you like to play with and tear apart and
babies, children, girls, teenagers, women, young men, men – human beings
who count, who are NOT cannon fodder.
Because you are too gutless and cowardly to communicate.
So much easier to kill, to turn to war than to the dove of
But we, the people, know and remember and bear witness
to the refusal of the war-mongers to
No fear, though.
We stand, we refuse to kneel.
We now have our communications – we have
our networks, our media, our social contacts
And we the people will – eventually – build a mighty communication network
to seek people’s justice
And turn weapons into plowshares.
We – the communicators of peace – are the future.
The war-mongers are the past.
It’s amazing the highways and by-ways you end up exploring with digital art. I started off with one image that I’d worked on a while back and left for a while, decided it definitely wasn’t quite what I liked, then started working to add layers and more layers. I finally ended up by adding an overlay of a photo of the Apothecary’s Rose in our garden – a rose which is ancient and historic to the Turkish region, along with butterflies for transformation. For the first time I added in a layer of wall and when I’d finished – and I know I’m finished when I get an “aha!” moment – I felt that this was about tearing down the walls we put up between ourselves, between nations, between religions, between young and old people, between people of different colours, and so on. Underneath we are all the same and the urgent work is to open our hearts and tear down the barriers between us all.
Back in my convent days as a young kid, the Catholic nuns from Ireland got us learning the catechism. It was a little book and we used to get it out and recite the answers as the good nuns read out the questions.
I might insert here that the brainwashing failed miserably with me and, I fervently hope, with a whole heap of other kids too.
But I can still remember the following:
Q: Is the Pope infallible?
A: Yes, the Pope is infallible.
It’s stuck in my mind because, even at the tender age of seven, the idea that a person could always be right seemed, well, not quite right.
Because we all make mistakes, only Popes – when issuing doctrines – are supposed to be divinely guided so as not to make mistakes. Which is is just not realistic, because Popes, like us, are human. They get it wrong from time to time. And the important thing to remember is that human beings reflect the times and thinking in which they live.
Q. Are government leaders infallible.
A. (Conventional) Yes, government leaders are infallible.
A. (People) No. In fact, they can stage some monumental screw-ups, while doing their best to line the pockets of the 1% super-wealthy.
Q. Is it the end of the world if a government leader stuffs up the rush to war in Syria?
A. (Conventional) Yes, it is the end of the world. Government leaders must be heard and obeyed. That which Governments put to Parliament must be passed otherwise the existing world order will collapse and we will wake the next day to find fragments of the sky on our backyard lawns (and even in the streets in front of our homes!).
A.(People) No, it’s not the end of the world. It’s democracy. And our will has prevailed not to go to yet another spruiked-up, dead-end, endless war for Saudi Arabia, the armaments manufacturers and warmongers because we don’t believe the damned lies.
I have actually been laughing my head off this week at the dismay among the powers-that-be, various newspaper commentators and various other supporters of “the government must be obeyed” mantra that the vote to authorise “military action” (aka war) in the British parliament was lost and went straight down the gurgler.
Pundits have been proclaiming it’s the end of empire (which can’t come soon enough), letting down Britain’s precious and special relationship with the US administration, leaving President Obama in the lurch, and behaving as if a vote NOT to go to war is an absolute catastrophe.
When you think about it, deciding NOT to go to war is an act of sense and sensibility which is quite awesome and could herald the beginning of changes in the great sweep of history as we could – gasp, shock, horror and awe – see the stirrings of people demanding real democracy not token gestures in institutions increasingly geared to the moneymakers while impoverishing the rest of us.
It might come as a surprise too to those pompous twerps spruiking about special relationships that a good many people here, in Europe and in Australia don’t care to be the go-to guy or the policeman for the US administration’s military adventures. It was a catastrophic failure of British Prime Minister Blair and Australian Prime Minister Howard to agree to be part of the “coalition of the willing” when President Bush and his offsider escapees from Dr Strangelove decided to go to an illegal war in Iraq – for oil, for strategic presence, and to get closer to Iran to attack that country for its oil and pathway to China.
What I find interesting is that political leaders in the UK, the US, Australia and France are so gobmacked that people are not taking them at their word, are questioning the increasingly hysterical cries about the “good” of the Syrian people from the very same leaders who’ve watched 100,000 people get killed over the past couple of years and been stumm, and who are also questioning the rush to war without waiting for the United Nations to assess the findings of its teams in Syria investigating the recent chemical attack.
I’m reminded of Bob Dylan’s song: “The Times They Are A’Changing” when you look around at the current upheavals and challenges to the accepted order. I’m an optimist. I do live in hope that we are moving towards a time when people think for themselves, grow up, stop believing that government leaders are infallible and rely on themselves and other people to move in large numbers to make peace not war a legitimate and respected goal rather than one which so often nowadays is treated with ridicule and contempt.