Wednesday, March 21, 2012

... today ...

"We do not know how to resist the deceptions of too many persuaders."

~Abraham Joshua Heschel


  1. oh that is a wicked cool pic...and great quote too...

    can i write on this one for saturday?

  2. You put together such fine work.

  3. This quote raises an issue that is frequently on my mind, specifically, the extent to which we are truly free as human beings living in the 21st century. With the deceptions of myriad persuaders— politicians, governments, corporations, and the growing number of individuals who prefer the pretentious to the authentic—how can we even trust our own judgment? Can a person live in a world of lies and still be free? I would hope so, but I sometimes wonder.

  4. Such an important and provocative question George. I can't imagine that there is anything like absolute freedom. We are governed by our impulses, our hormones, our conditionning, our past, our longings ... But we are free to exercise our curiosity, to ask questions, to seek other perspectives, to think more deeply, to challenge existing assumptions, to change our minds ... Perhaps we have to settle for that, and name it as 'freedom' ... Coming from a fundamentalist milieu where thinking for yourself was discouraged, it is to me one of the ultimate freedoms.

    Thanks George. Now I know what I will be mulling over tonight! :)

  5. I find myself falling into this image and experiencing something new the deeper I go.

    George's comments your response have got me thinking too - I agree that our freedom, is ti choose, to but curious and dig deeper. I fear as a society we take a different route, choosing instead to take the easier route and accept what we're told.

    Thought provoking, as always!

  6. Oh, I'm so glad Brian used your brilliant piece here as an image prompt for his latest poem. Really dig what you're doing here. I have a blog where I do a lot of abstract stuff, and looking at your work, I hope to one day be able to produce pieces half as wonderful as what I've seen here. Thanks

  7. A disturbing image, dear Bonnie, the quote matches it perfectly. Or was it the other way round?


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