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PERSISTENT DREAMS

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We commonly celebrate creative people and their works by saying that without them, their creations simply would not exist.

Creators like Michelangelo, J.K. Rowling or Walt Disney, to name a few, put something in the world that wasn’t there before, but also tends to expand and multiply itself exponentially, as it is co-created by others thereafter.

We rightly refer to these people as “visionaries” or “dreamers”, which by definition infers that first there was nothing, then the dream, which lead to the creation.

A piece of art can live on and on, sometimes in unexpected forms; for example not too long ago I noticed a blown up image on the wall of a nightclub that I recognized as a detail from a painting by painter Hieronymous Bosch.

I marveled at the fact that a figure from his disturbing and fascinating painting, The Garden of Earthly Delights, painted about 1495, could have found its way into a rock venue in the year 2017.

If you had told Hieronymous Bosch in his day that in five hundred years, a part of his painting would be on display in a hall where young people played deafening electric musical instruments, he might perhaps regard it as science fiction.

On the other hand, he might have seen it all coming.

Echoes of past creations are bouncing around all over the planet, and perhaps, the universe, constantly.

Another work of art, this line from Hippocrates, that has also survived proves its own point: “Ars longa, vita brevis”– art is long, life is short.

It just points out once again, to me anyway, the connectedness of EVERYTHING.

When you create something, are you thinking of the eternity that creation will be launching into?  Or are you simply considering that everything you make is ephemeral–for the moment, maybe even disposable?

It’s perhaps easier to recognize that the great masters of centuries past couldn’t have envisioned that their art would multiply and exist in a vast variety of forms, than to recognize that what oneself does today will also have its effect on tomorrow.

It does matter what we do.  We do make an imprint on the future constantly by what we bring into being, whether a work of art or not.

It’s another good argument, maybe the best, for creating aesthetics and order, rather than solely creating disturbing or meaningless works of art; you never know when you’re going to run into it again in the future.

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