Today is Veteran’s Day. And my heart goes out to all who have lost a loved one to war, and a sincere, feeling of gratitude, to all who have returned home.
Earlier I was watching a movie, about war. It had one split second scene, of a soldier’s blood. Two seconds, at the most, and I felt the impact of what that image conveyed. A U.S. soldier’s blood was spilt on foreign soil.
Art and images are powerful and open to interpretation, as are words.
Thank you to all veterans who fought for my right to freedom of speech.
I don’t take it lightly.
Freedom of speech is the political right to communicate one’s opinions and ideas using one’s body and property to anyone who is willing to receive them. The term freedom of expression is sometimes used synonymously, but includes any act of seeking, receiving and imparting information or ideas, regardless of the medium used. In practice, the right to freedom of speech is not absolute in any country and the right is commonly subject to limitations, as with libel, slander, obscenity, sedition(including, for example inciting ethnic hatred), copyright violation, revelation of information that is classified or otherwise.
I respect others rights of speech, whether it be through words or body language.
I encourage all, to learn to express yourself, to the best of your ability. Learn to use words. Learn to exchange ideas.
I challenge all. I would like to say, “I Dare You.”
Take it however you choose.
It is given with positive intent.
I avoid explaining my art. I like it to be open ended. I like to challenge people to think.
I avoid the energy of a Jerry Springer like vortex.
I watched the Trial of Billy Jack last night. It’s more relevant to me now than in the 70’s. Now, I can understand it.