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Wednesday Nite Art Break: “Just Imagine”

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The Decalogue for Daily Living

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You can find it elsewhere, but this comes from Fr. Ron Rolheiser:

Decalogue for Daily Living that Pope John XXIII wrote for himself, his own Commandments for daily life. They reflect his depth, his simplicity, and his humility:

1.  Only for today, I will seek to live the livelong day positively without wishing to solve the problems of my life all at once.

2.  Only for today, I will take the greatest care of my appearance: I will dress modestly; I will not raise my voice; I will be courteous in my behaviour; I will not criticize anyone; I will not claim to improve or to discipline anyone except myself.

3.  Only for today, I will be happy in the certainty that I was created to be happy, not only in the other world but also in this one.

4. Only for today, I will adapt to circumstances, without requiring all circumstances to be adapted to my own wishes.

5.  Only for today, I will devote 10 minutes of my time to some good reading, remembering that just as food is necessary to the life of the body, so good reading is necessary to the life of the soul.

6.  Only for today, I will do one good deed and not tell anyone about it.

7.  Only for today, I will do at least one thing I do not like doing; and if my feelings are hurt, I will make sure that no one notices.

8.  Only for today, I will make a plan for myself: I may not follow it to the letter, but I will make it. And I will be on guard against two evils: hastiness and indecision.

9.  Only for today, I will firmly believe, despite appearances, that the good Providence of God cares for me as no one else who exists in this world

10.  Only for today, I will have no fears. In particular, I will not be afraid to enjoy what is beautiful and to believe in goodness. Indeed, for 12 hours, I can certainly do what might cause me consternation were I to believe I had to do it all my life.

While We’re All Giddy Over the Inauguration, Iraq Has Big Dreams Too

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REUTERS/Erik de Castro

REUTERS/Erik de Castro

Reuters reports that the intellectuals and artists who have been courageous enough to remain in Iraq-and lucky enough to remain alive- are planning a widespread campaign to replace martial statues and monuments with art extolling the virtues of  peace.

However, some in the intellectual and arts communities have reservations.  An unnamed college art instructor expressed concern that the ongoing carnage wrought by militant violence would deter artists from participating.  He is unnamed in the article because he lives in fear after having been personally threatened by militants.

The report mentions a recent piece he created which features 3 people chained to a wall in the ruins of a temple, symbolizing the current reality of Iraqis feeling chained captive by unrelenting violence and by the U.S. occupation.

Murtadha Hedad, a sculptor and professor at Baghdad University’s College of Fine Arts, maintained a sense of hope that the planned monument makeover would call Iraq back to it’s true roots.  “We have a lot of ideas, like statues of intellectuals or writers, because Baghdad is the cradle of civilization,” Hedad said.

Given the anti-intellectual, anti-literary and anti-fine arts movement that has plunged the entire world into a Global War on Tolerance, one wonders if some of these Iraqi artists could be lured to work in safer locations where their vision is just as important and likely to be unimpeded by death threats.   Maybe they could place their art in the places that need it just as much as Iraq, places that Iraq’s current occupiers call home.

As We Await the Arrival of the Prince of Peace….

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A reflection concerning the nature of peace from someone raised in a staunch Irish-Catholic family:
What kind of peace do we seek? … Not the peace of the grave or the security of the slave. I am talking about genuine peace, the kind of peace that makes life on earth worth living, the kind that enables men and nations to grow and to hope and to build a better life for their children — not merely peace for Americans but peace for all men and women, not merely peace in our time but peace for all time.

John F. Kennedy,

American University speech, June 10, 1963.