Everyone is an artist.
Life is performance.
All acts and expressions have aesthetic properties from ugly to sublime.
Mao’s Cultural Revolution tended to ugliness because of the use of force to achieve its ends. Forcing the unwilling is a recipe for turning the most beautiful concepts into the most ugly expressions and actions.
You can see the same dynamic in the writings of persons these days who want to foment conflict rather than to create real revolution.
Real revolution happens one by one.
It is nonviolent.
It demands nothing.
It wants only one’s rightful freedom.
This freedom is life itself. (The reason killing is ugly is that it takes away another’s freedom.)
Real revolution forces nothing save the possible conversion of those who are befuddled by the nonviolence they are facing.
Real revolution is true and beautiful when it nonviolently persists in the face of clear and present, ugly and false, forces.
Sometimes the price is high. The highest.
The nonviolent person is not without courage or commitment.
On the contrary, she is doing the only militant thing that is approved by Triadic Philosophy.
We do not seek conflict.
We do not court confrontation.
But we face what besmirches,
what is ugly,
what is violent
we name it
we silently stand,
moving gently and tolerantly as we must,
waiting for the collapse to come
for a new and better day to dawn.
Basic Income is necessary to achieve a world where the universal aesthetic can come to full flower.
There is no function whatsoever that is intrinsically more beautiful than another. But we have skewed our vision and our perception to the point where we regard the lowest paid occupations as the ugliest and seek to endow the highest paid with virtue and beauty.
What we end up with is an ugly society, an ugly world.
Only as individuals realize they are artists does this picture begin to change.
Only as we become aesthetic,
consciously and in all that we do,
do we begin to dismantle the prison that has been created by
reserving acting to the “arts”,
seeing performance as what only “performers” do,
allowing ourselves to
downplay who we are and
what we can do.
Beauty and truth is within the reach of everyone, merely by freely breathing and consciously opening the mind to the freedom to choose that lies in each person.
Shakespeare knew the world is a stage.
We are players.
We are not called to strut!
We are called to practice the values that have always brought progress with them — tolerance, helpfulness, democracy and non-idolatry.