Everyday there is something in the news that takes us off balance and we go slipping down a slope or a rabbit hole. I'm not a terribly spiritual person, but I'm reminded again of this poem, 'The Second Coming', by W. B. Yeats.
"Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity."
This stanza, especially this phrase is usually where I hang my hat, "The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity." To me this has always depicted that strange gulf existing between those who are thoughtful having a nuanced world of shaded grays finding it impossible to put feet under their convictions. What's left are those 'full of passionate intensity' in their world of black and white, intractable, and unwilling to be dissuaded from their post-truth and post-reality.
We have the growing expanse between adamance and ambivalence with not an inch Between us to stand upon. Google has far too many answers and Wikipedia has only the thinist veneer of authenticity.
But "I saw the news today, oh boy..." and for me it was pretty damn disconcerting. So today my phrase is, "Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold."
This isn't just some graveyard whistling Naïveté, I'm still clinging to my unhealthy cynicism De rigueur. But there is a there there; it may be gray, but it's really really gray.
And so my painting is retasked to represent the rebirth of a central place. The wonder of birth straight out of the ground where we'll all return. An Axis Mundi!
It's my hope that "Axis Mundi" will bring meaning to you as well.
All my best,
~ Darwin Price ~
'Axis Mundi' is 14" x 14" on 040 Aluminum. This Art Sign Has Eyelets for hanging and is made In The USA. This is my original art in a retail format of limited addition prints on Aluminum as signs with slogan or simply stand alone pieces. as such, all right are reserved.
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