Survival And What
Written by Dionysos Maskelaris
"Better to light a single candle than curse the darkness."
"We must be the change we wish to see..." -M.K. Gandhi
There are a lot of
people busy with "matters of consequence" in this world, like
owning things. They are also busy with matters of the heart and mind
as described by Patrick McGoohan from “The Prisoner” TV
show when he said, "I am not a number I am a man!" Those words
are the cry for individual freedom and for remembering our humanity.
There are many forms of survival. There is surviving adverse medical
conditions, accidents or perpetrated violence. There is surviving in
nature with its harshness or mishaps, the surviving of lack of food
and shelter, the society or place in society we are born to, and the
surviving of emotional or physical abuse. There is surviving war, genocide
or the slow demise of one’s culture. There is individual survival
of the body and the mind and there is survival of the species, the human
species, other species and ecological survival of all life. This is
an ongoing theme across all species on Earth.
I struggle for artistic survival, spiritual survival and for the survival
of love in myself and for my species. All human survival ultimately
rests with survival of the human spirit, survival of the individual
soul. Without the many forms of inwardly and outwardly directed love
there is no survival. Our physical, emotional, artistic and spiritual
survival, yes, all forms of survival are linked together by love for
life. I am a survivor but my life is not just for survival. My artistic
work is for the love and life near me, for the people I touch and the
places I walk. My work is for the great evolving love and life in everything,
from the atoms to the stars.
My words are not as important as what I experience or as important as
my actions. My desire to “have” love is not as important
as being loving. My life is just a tiny fleck of foam of infinite waves
and particles in the ocean of the universe. Everything of me flows out,
and everything in existence flows into me. Every atom has survived since
it was formed. I came from the stars and I will return and become of
the stars again. Through all the forms that I take, I will survive.
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