Freedom

courage to resist

 

 

 

 

 

I have been advised to post more pictures of myself— possibly sexy pics. I would get 90% more comments— they say. I lose followers by posting what I post— they say. But I can’t help it.

As an artist my mission is to bring hope to people by showing them that they are not alone in what they feel, and inspire them to be free, to be free to be themselves.  To be yourself is hard; to speak up and take a stand is even harder. To stand up alone in the name of justice against every one : society, the government, and the law, is very rare. Bradley Manning was just sentenced to life in prison because he took a huge risk to expose numerous atrocities.The people who committed the crimes of killing other men, women and children without shame (actually with some sort of pleasure and arrogance…) are walking free.

One of my favorite comedians @eddieizzard joked:  “Kill one person, that’s murder; you go to prison. You kill ten people, they send you to Texas and they hit you with a brick; Twenty people, you go to a hospital, they look at you through a small window…forever. Over that, we can’t deal with that…. You kill 100,000 people we’re almost going… ‘Well done! Well done. You killed 100,000 people? You must get up very early in the morning. I can’t even get down to the gym.'”

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”  Martin Luther King. And I am the first who always tries to find  #TheBeautiful  in everything;  However, sometimes one really has to point out the horrible and the painful, to be able to explain what freedom is and what it is not.

My friends might be tired of hearing me speak about injustice in the world, and they say  my indignation won’t change a thing. But I believe that our microcosms create the macrocosm, and that there won’t be a revolution until there is one on a personal level. And being indignant is the beginning of revolution. Being indignant (versus indifferent) about injustice is the first step, speaking out with your friends is a start…

“It goes on one at a time,

it starts when you care

to act, it starts when you do

it again after they said no,

it starts when you say We

and know who you mean, and each

day you mean one more.”  Marge Piercy

 

This is from a poem by one of my favorite poet @margepiercy:

What can they do

to you? Whatever they want.

Alone, you can fight,

you can refuse, you can

take what revenge you can

but they roll over you.

 

But two people fighting

back to back can cut through

a mob, a snake-dancing file

can break a cordon, an army

can meet an army.

 

Two people can keep each other

sane, can give support, conviction,

love, massage, hope, sex.

Three people are a delegation,

a committee, a wedge. With four

you can play bridge and start

an organization. With six

you can rent a whole house,

eat pie for dinner with no

seconds, and hold a fund raising party.

A dozen make a demonstration.

A hundred fill a hall.

A thousand have solidarity and your own newsletter;

ten thousand, power and your own paper;

a hundred thousand, your own media;

ten million, your own country.

 

It goes on one at a time,

it starts when you care

to act, it starts when you do

it again after they said no,

it starts when you say We

and know who you mean, and each

day you mean one more.