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Peace Art
by Alexandra Pereira
2007-12-21 09:29:56
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Inspired by Yoko Ono's 'Peace Wave' that encourgages everybody to print the 'War Is Over' poster and place it in their window, Alexandra Pereira has created her own 'Peace Series'.

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Emanuel Paparella2007-12-21 16:12:55
Peace Literature: Pax et bonum:

“The people that walked in darkness
has seen a great light;
on those who live in a land of deep shadow
a light has shone.
You have made their gladness greater,
you have made their joy increase;
they rejoice in your presence
as men rejoice at harvest time,
as men are happy when they are dividing the spoils.

For the yoke that was weighing on him,
the bar across his shoulders,
the rod of his oppressor,
these you break as on the day of Midian.

For all the footgear of battle,
every cloak rolled in blood,
is burnt,
and consumed by fire.

a son given to us
and dominion is laid on his shoulders;
and this is the name they give him:
Wonder-Counsellor, Mighty-God,
Eternal-Father, Prince of Peace.
Wide is his dominion
in a peace that has no end,
for the throne of David
and for his royal power,
which he establishes and makes secure
in justice and integrity.
From this time onwards and for ever,
the jealous love of Yahweh Sabaoth will do this.
--Isaiah, 9: 1-7.

Sand2007-12-21 17:03:55
What peace?

Alexandra Pereira2007-12-22 02:42:55
God is just Love, and Heaven is nothing but all the fruits and joys which can grow from it. So there's no point in this discussion.
Peace is the natural state of Men, that's why war brings unhappiness and disgrace.
Much Love to ALL of you on this Christmas

Alexandra2007-12-22 04:00:21
I guess this would be a more "material" version, for "pragmatic" minds away from war to understand the message... In our times, people think in a very materialistic way. ;)

Sand2007-12-22 13:41:07
Beware of any claims of what is natural. What is natural is what nature permits and nature is outstandingly neutral as to how things occur as long as they conform to the few basic forces of matter and energy. It is up to humanity to ensure how things turn out and so far, I at least, am not encouraged.

Alexandra Pereira2007-12-23 23:41:57
Dear Sand:
I think nature complains a lot, it's up to us to see. :) We are not so powerful, it's up to nature to decide how things turn out, it's up to humanity to hear it. Many people not encouraged turn a bit apathic (and take the responsibility out of their back, or at least they can be often tempted to), we need a LOT of action. So we need optimism as well. If we want to change, we have to be happy and confindent that the change we want is for better, and show that to others around us. At least this is my opinion.

Alexandra Pereira2007-12-23 23:47:23
meant "confident". About a previous comment and the "materialistic" world, I think we have to start from concrete things, like food and drink, to reach broader concepts. Love to you all.

Chris2007-12-24 02:03:18
I like your message and the way that you show it
When peace shines like sunshine there's no need to grow it
When love is the answer there's no asking questions
When Hope is the Dawn we will all know it.
--Thanks for these images

Sand2007-12-24 06:10:21
Before action is taken there must be much consideration. Action per se is just flailing around pointlessly unless people are aware of consequences. Sometimes it is better to do nothing than to precipitate further chaos by inappropriate action. The world is a dangerous place and there are far more ways of doing the wrong thing than the correct one.

Sand2007-12-24 06:35:13
To get back to the original concept of "love" there is a cynical saying "no good deed will go unpunished" and it has a seed of truth. Love is basically the desire to do the right thing and that is fine but without understanding what the right thing might be terrible damage can result from good motivations badly applied. Whatever you might think about nature, it does not tolerate fools.

Alexandra P.2007-12-27 01:27:33
God, that's terribly pessimistic, Mr. Sand.

Alexandra P.2007-12-27 01:31:28
To me, love isn't about doing right things, it is not moralistic. It's about doing good things (defined by: they do not harm people, and may bring some added richness), or beautiful things, or giving instead of taking, for instance.

Sand2007-12-27 05:20:02
Although I might sound pessimistic I actually have the hope that the only capability of mankind that has given it its power might, if used properly, save it and the world. That capability is not fuzzy minded love but clear headed understanding of causes and consequences.

Alexandra P.2007-12-29 18:23:56
Love is not fuzzy and clear headedness has to have a heart.

Sand2007-12-30 19:46:41
Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence.
H. L. Mencken

Alexandra P.2007-12-30 22:00:08
Love is intelligence allied to imagination and feeling. We've understood the causes and consequences in a clear-headed way for many years now. We just lack empathy to make it happen. Humanity's disease is selfishness, not the lack of rational and logical abilities.

Sand2007-12-30 22:57:43
It's through intelligent understanding that deep compassion and the real immediate values of life become apparent. When one becomes acutely aware that death makes each living instant immensely valuable that selfishness can be abolished by the rise of the morning sun and a silver moon sailing through a night sky and these moments in time are jewels that no selfishness can claim as they belong to every living thing.

Sand2007-12-31 17:18:54
Selfishness is a tricky word as it demands a cognizance of the concept of self. Problem people define the word in very limited way. The broader the definition is made, the more beneficial the individual to life in general. When humans incorporate themselves into the general processes of all life then the self becomes all life and selfishness becomes a consideration of all life on our planet. And that is the basic reason I am dismayed from religion as it separates all humanity as something special from all other life and we are learning to our misfortune that when we neglect our embedment in nature we will suffer terribly.

A.P.2008-01-01 18:12:31
Mr. Sand, you surely know some pretty intelligent people who are truly cruel. What is it they are missing, that stops them from showing compassion?
"selfishness can be abolished by the rise of the morning sun and a silver moon sailing through a night sky and these moments in time are jewels that no selfishness can claim as they belong to every living thing."
That is true and poetic, but go and say that to an asian or african who is starving and has nothing but those sights... is it really the only way selfishness can be abolished? Don't joke with us, who creates injustices can also abolish them.
"when we neglect our embedment in nature we will suffer terribly"
that's true.

Sand2008-01-03 15:44:37
Your observation "who creates injustices can also abolish them" is an interesting conjecture but a personality devoted to cruel selfishness is unlikely to suddenly move into a different way of dealing with life. But since selfishness to the point of cruelty is, by definition, stupid as it creates a social matrix that will in the long run destroy the selfish as well. Unfortunately that long run can destroy lots of helpless people and I have no peaceful solution for that.

A.P.2008-01-06 03:54:22
"who creates injustices can also abolish them"
I meant humanity in a broader sense... :)

Sand2008-01-06 18:08:54
I would be delighted to agree with you but I doubt that either vicious selfishness can be removed from human nature or that social enforcement will ever be competent to suppress those powerful and clever individuals who indulge in cruelty to gain their ends. The world today may be able to moderate to a small extent those selfish greedy forces now in power but technology is rapidly increasing the power of the individual and when the power becomes so great that an individual can have total absolute power over the multitude terrible things will occur. This looks inevitable.

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