Children in the Streets

Children in the streets chanting WATER IS LIFE

Children chasing each other to whisper I LOVE YOU into the other’s ears so soft it tickles

Children dreaming in their dreams

Children drinking wine and children crying and sometimes both at the same time

Children perplexed at the inaction of their parents

Children wondering why things happen

Children knowing deep down everyone wants to be loved

Children growing and trying to grow

Children holding each other’s hands and children holding their own hands quietly

Children shaken whispering STILL I RISE

Children and their mothers and their fathers singing RISE UP

Children in the streets as one with the Earth awaken

The Other Is You

One may think the other is other. The truth is you are all of us, and together we are you.

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Something evil thinks it’s seizing hold of power. Something evil: ignorance, ego, pure idiocy. Something evil seeps within people, people we know and respect. How do we overcome hate and fear? Presence and education. Listening and togetherness. Hope and change.

Series 1= Fractal Images Captured in a 3D Animation Rendering, Series 2= Videos Rendered as Animations, Series 3= Sequencing of fractal images Captured from a 3d Animated Rendering Series 4= Compounding Sequencial Imagery to form new fractals, and Fractal Artwork.

Consider the fact that we’re a lot like fractals [noun, mathematics]: “a curve or geometric figure, each part of which has the same statistical character as the whole. Fractals are useful in modeling structures (such as eroded coastlines or snowflakes) in which similar patterns recur at progressively smaller scales, and in describing partly random or chaotic phenomena such as crystal growth, fluid turbulence, and galaxy formation.”

Now begins the coming together of humanity. Love all the way.

We Have the Power

“We have the power to imagine better.” J.K. Rowling is relevant as ever.

“Failure meant a stripping away of the inessential. I stopped pretending to myself that I was anything other than what I was and began direct all my energy into finishing the only work that mattered to me. Had I really succeeded at anything else, I might never have found the determination to succeed in the one arena where I believed I truly belonged. I was set free because my greatest fear had been realized, and I was still alive.”

Rowling spoke about the benefits of failure and the importance of imagination at Harvard University to its 2008 graduating class.

“Imagination is not only the unique human capacity to envision that which is not, and therefore the fount of all invention and innovation; in its arguably most transformative and revelatory capacity, it is the power that enables us to empathize with humans whose experiences we have never shared.”

Eight years later, Rowling’s words shed light on America’s 2016 presidential campaign:

“Unlike any other creature on this planet, human beings can learn and understand without having experienced. They can think themselves into other people’s places,” said Rowling. “Of course, this is a power, like my brand of fictional magic, that is morally neutral. One might use such an ability to manipulate or control just as much as to understand or sympathize, and many prefer not to exercise their imaginations at all. They choose to remain comfortably within the bounds of their own experience, never troubling to wonder how it would feel to have been born other than they other. They can refuse to hear screams or peer inside cages. They can close their minds and hearts to any suffering that does not touch them personally. They can refuse to know. I might be tempted to envy people who can live that way, except I do not think they have any fewer nightmares than I do. Choosing to live in narrow spaces leads to a form of mental agoraphobia, and that brings its own terrors. I think the willfully unimaginative see more monsters; they are often more afraid. What is more, those who choose not to empathize enable real monsters, for without ever committing an act of outright evil ourselves, we collude with it through our own apathy.”

Today, Tuesday, election day in the USA, we join together as decent human beings to vote for the first woman leader of the free world.

“The way you vote, the way you live, the way you protest, the pressure you bring to bear on your government has an impact way beyond your borders,” Rowling said. “That is your privilege and your burden. If you choose to use your status and influence to raise your voice on behalf of those who have no voice, if you choose to identify not only with the powerful but with the powerless, if you retain the ability to imagine yourself into the lives of those who do not have your advantages, then it will be not only your proud families who celebrate your existence, but thousands and millions of people whose reality you have helped change.”

Rowling quotes the Greek author Plutarch, who said: “What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality.” What is it we need our outer reality to be?

“We do not need magic to change our world,” said Rowling. “We carry all the power we need inside of us already. We have the power to imagine better.”

We have the power, and we are stronger together.

Change the World

Epiphany after epiphany, last week I learned what the intangible is worth in the real world. It’s astounding, it’ll surprise you, and it ought not to be taken lightly.

As a poet, I find that spiritually refreshing, because for a moment I almost thought we were all ready to agree that it’s okay to do nothing. And that’s offensively un-human.

I’ll have a lot more to say on social media from now on because now I know real life recedes into Idiocracy when you don’t raise your voice intentionally on the internet and on the Earth.

I won’t let that happen. We’re not going to let that happen.

Even if all I have are words and love, it’s enough. That’s enough to educate. I trust that’s all it takes to change the world.

We’re here, looking around, as if we’re waiting for orders. It’s time to look in the mirror.

This is our responsibility. All life is learning. You can leave your fear at the door because you won’t need it where we’re going.

We can do this, humans!