Bret Dennen asks some great questions and shares some honest thoughts on Justice and finding a place for one's soul. Take a deep breath, close your eyes, and enjoy three minutes of deep listening and deeper thinking.
"Artists to my mind are the real architects of change, and not the political legislators who implement change after the fact." - William S. Burroughs
Welcome to my blog on art and activism. This space is dedicated to artists who are making art that is both visually engaging and conceptually focused on issues of social importance. In short, art that seeks to make the world a better place. Be prepared to be challenged, provoked, and hopefully inspired.
There is a thing in me that dreamed of trees, A quiet house, some green and modest acres A little way from every troubling town, A little way from factories, schools, laments. I would have time, I thought, and time to spare, With only streams and birds for company, To build out of my life a few wild stanzas.
And then it came to me, that so was death, A little way from everywhere. There is a thing in me still dreams of trees. But let it go. Homesick for moderation, Half the world’s artists shrink or fall away.
If any find solution, let him tell it. Meanwhile I bend my heart toward lamentation Where, as times implore our true involvement, The blades of every crisis point the way. I would it were not so, but so it is. Who ever made music of a mild day?
"If you ask me what I came to do in the world, I, an artist, will answer you: I came here to live out loud. "
- Emile Zola
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"There is always a moment in any kind of struggle when one feels in full bloom. Vivid. Alive. One might be blown to bits in such a moment, and still be at peace....To be such a person or to witness anyone at this moment of transcendent presence is to know that what is human is linked, by daring compassion, to what is divine."
"El hombre es solo la mitad de si mismo: la otra mitad es su expresion."