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Perception | What is hiding there 'neath the disarming facade, obscured from plain sight? | HartHaiku.com

Perception | Peel the layers

Always try to look beyond the obvious, no matter what you are observing. Over the years, black-and-white photographs have been a teacher for me in this. Our physical reality exists in layers, and in the case of monochrome images as an example, the top layer of color has been “peeled away”.

Layers of distraction

We strongly respond to color and are very distracted by it. When color is removed from a photograph, the form, line, and texture become much more apparent. The structure, the essence of a thing starts to pop out. There is so much more there that we don’t see at first glance.

The landscape below is a good example. In a color version, most likely the vibrant turquoise water, blazing white sand, and deep blue sky would attract our eyes first. Think of color as the cosmetics of the scene, much as a woman might enhance her face with makeup. But the artist purposely removed color, and hence the tree dominates, in all of its bare bones candor. Beautifully sculptural, the tree is very alive in this picture. I can feel its movement; I am acutely aware of its form.

Peel away the layers, look deeper

The takeaway? This is a simple example of a black-and-white tree. But in every encounter you have, be it with an individual, scenery, or society around you, start to look deeper, beneath the covers. What is hiding underneath what is readily apparent?

Rest assured, it is there, waiting to be noticed. And more often than you might imagine, it is important.

Be aware of, and beware of, the top layer, the facade, the distraction. It keeps us our consciousness on a superficial level. It’s not only what we are observing that is so much more, but so are we!

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Our Dream | Heart, mind, and vision, intention creates action, people have power. | HartHaiku.com

Our Dream | For Humanity

Judging from the state the world at the moment, our vision for it has been somewhat skewed in the past. “Thought creates reality.” Either that, or we did not exercise our autonomous free will enough. Or, perhaps both are true.

The collective outcry

But wait. We are starting to witness a collective outcry in various parts of the world. “We’re not happy with how things are being run!” In France, Hong Kong, various countries in South America, people are finding their voice. Unfortunately, unhappiness has been bottled up for a long time, so some of the outcry has dissolved into violent conflict.

To be perfectly clear, I am not condoning violence. I do, however, believe in our basic human right to autonomous thought and free speech. The lesson? Better to speak sooner than later if a situation is not working for you., so it can be done peaceably and wisely. As Thoreau said:

“The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation. From the desperate city you go into the desperate country, and have to console yourself with the bravery of minks and muskrats. A stereotyped but unconscious despair is concealed even under what are called the games and amusements of mankind. There is no play in them, for this comes after work. But it is a characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things..” ~ Henry David Thoreau, Civil Disobedience

We fear change, but change can be good

Be not disheartened by the state of the world. After a point, dissatisfaction and unhappiness simply cannot be contained. Historically there are cycles, and the pendulum swings. Back and forth it goes, until we find an equilibrium.

There are times in our lives when we get what we need, not what we want. And that is where the learning and growth are to be found. Celebrate that. Because I do believe we are moving towards a much better world, if we so choose.

Inspirational Quote:

“There is a light in this world. A healing spirit more powerful than any darkness we may encounter. We sometimes lose sight of this force when there is suffering, and too much pain. Then suddenly, the spirit will emerge through the lives of ordinary people who hear a call and answer in extraordinary ways.” ~ Richard Attenborough

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Harmony | With intention

What a wonderful vision, a more harmonious world. Let’s not let go of that. Sometimes it’s discouraging to me though, to see how increasingly divisive the world is becoming. Does it feel that way for you too?

Intention is the key word in this haiku. Without humanity’s intention to create it, more harmony will never happen. Intention requires seeing the other point of view, extending an olive branch, forgiveness and understanding, and cooperation. These seem in short supply in the world at large today. The mandate seems more like “make war to have peace”, and, “see it my way or die”.

What happened to the middle ground? Can we find it? Or is humanity completely lost?

Every group has its own “group think”, be it small or large. Attitudes in large corporations tend to be “top to bottom”. So the thinking is created by management, and filters downward.

But how about “bottom to top”? As individuals we have great power to create positive change with our own thoughts, intentions, and actions. It can begin with us. But, bottom to top will require that we practice autonomous critical thinking, and see beyond the group think. That’s where the new vision is to be found.

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No | Two little letters, seemingly innocuous, but with a big punch. | HartHaiku.com

No | Word of the day

The people, it would seem, have had enough. All across the planet we are seeing an increase in uprisings and protests. The little word “no” is spreading like a virus.

The people are tired of many things, but, at the root of it all is the gradual loss of higher principles in our societies. Important ideals like truth, integrity and responsibility are landing on the garbage heap. And people don’t like it. Deep down they know, these fundamental principles (and others) are the foundation of a good society.

The wind of change is blowing, and it carries on it the word “No”. It’s time for a new vision, a new way of being.

Inspirational Quotes:

“In a decaying society, art, if it is truthful, must also reflect decay. And unless it wants to break faith with its social function, art must show the world as changeable. And help to change it.” ~ Ernst Fischer

“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” ~ Buckminster Fuller

“No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world.” ~ Tom Schulman

“Civil unrest occurs when the feelings of overwhelming powerlessness hit critical mass.” ~ Michael Connelly

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