I find myself inspired once again, this time by artist and lecturer Neil Hague.
Hague presents an alternative history of art in relationship to the nature of the times that we’re in. He begins with the work of William Blake.
To Hague, the modern world is a mixture of mayhem and chaos. We’re being constantly distracted from ourselves, he states. Buddha said that it’s your mind that creates this world, but what if we were so distracted that we even forgot about the place from which we came?
Hague shows his image of a fair ground that came to town and then it became bigger and brighter until it was the only thing left.
He quotes, “The Fall of Babylon,” from Revelations 18:
“Fallen! Fallen! is Babylon great!
She has become a home of demons and haunt
for every Evil spirit, a haunt for every unclean and detestable bird.
For all the nations have drunk the maddening wine of her
adulteries. The kings of the Earth committed
adultery with her, and the merchants of the Earth grew
rich from her excessive luxuries.”
The Fall of Babylon is to him, “The death of the mind.”
We’ve built this, “Self delusion that everything that we have out there in the world is gonna save us and is gonna actually make the world a better place, and it’s not,” Hague says.
“This wonderful, vast ocean of oneness, of consciousness was almost serving as a form of device for Babylon.”
“Babylon could easily be these city structures,” Hague continues, using a well-lit city-scape to illustrate.
Revelations Chapter 9:
“And out of the smoke
locusts came down upon
and were given power like that of scorpions of the earth.
They were told not to
harm the grass of the earth
or any plant or tree,
but only those people who
did not have
the seal of God on their foreheads.”
Hague follows with, “Those that lose the dream are lost,” an Aboriginal saying.
“The great truth of the universe lies within the human imagination; it is the source, the sun and those who understand its powers are the lords of all created things.” – Paracelsus
“For mercy has a human heart, Pity a human face
And love, the human form divine,
And peace, the human dress.”
– William Blake
“To see a world in a grain of sand
And heaven in a wild flower
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour.”
– William Blake
“Trying to hinder another’s freedom
always costs you your own.”
“God is creativeness, love, happiness, life.
Unhappiness, un-creativeness is non-existence,
absence of life.”
– Cecil Collins
“Where there is no vision, the people perish.”
– Proverbs Chapter 29, verse 18