TWIST – Picasso, Merton and Pathways to Peace

 

A Picasso -  Photo by Bruce Witzel

 

We rely on the sane people of the world to preserve it from barbarism, madness, destruction. And now it begins to dawn on us that it is precisely the sane ones who are most dangerous. . .

~ A devout meditation in Memory of Adolf Eichmann  ~

 

from Raids of the unspeakable ~ by Thomas Merton

 

Statues in Downtown Montreal - The Illuminated Crowd

 

Montréal, Canada

 

Statue in Montreal - photo by Bruce Witzel

 

Peace Crane Project ~ Lindale Lake Park, Minneapolis, Minnesota

 

Peace Crane Project, Lindale park Gardens, Minneapolis MN

 

Spirit of Peace - Sculpted by Caprice Glaser, photo by Bruce Witzel

 

 

American Bull - Custer city Wyoming - photo by Bruce Witzel

American Bull ~ Custer City, Wyoming

 

Pathway to Peace, representing the Communities feeling about the meaning of peace - photo by Bruce Witzel

Pathways to Peace ~ Minneapolis 

 

 

Cheers – Bruce

 

Posted for the Weekly Photo Challenge: Twist

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11 thoughts on “TWIST – Picasso, Merton and Pathways to Peace

    • Hi David. In my bus(i)ness lately (which I work at balancing with relaxation), I barely follow my reader, but look at bloggers that are a tried and true inspirations as you are 🙂 I find it is a less intense manner of blogging, that is less overwhelming. Thanks for being there, for me and for so many others.

  1. Love those cranes. One time I joined a peace project for the Vancouver Public Library. I made thousands of cranes plus others. At the end, the cranes hanged in the Library for a while. May I use one of your crane photos?

    • I’d be honoured for you to use the peace crane photos Seeker. I will always think of Vancouver as a city of peace, remembering how it became a nuclear weapons free zone in 80’s under Mayor Harcourt. Were you there then, during the marches and the peace symposium? Over the years I’ve liked to teach my nieces and nephews how to fold paper peace cranes when they come to visit. I look forward to teach my grand daughters soon. 🙂

      • Thank you, Bruce.
        I”ll try to find the instruction to include in my future post together with all the hanging cranes.
        Harcourt, gosh, that’s a long time ago.

  2. Your photography and the artwork you feature are outstanding as always. How did we get to the point that we believe that peace comes through war? There is a better path and we must hope that more people will seek it as economic conditions continue to deteriorate for those groaning under the weight of austerity, or as we call it in the U.S….the sequester. Peace to you, Bruce.

    • Yes indeed Jeff. Why can’t we create things for the world that builds it up, not blows it up? By the way, your recent post “the state knows what you did last summer” was part inspiration for this – particularly the opening paragraph that challenged the glorification of Memorial Day. In regards to economic suffering and so-called austerity, it seems that the powers that be forget we are all clothed in a single garment (as Martin Luther King once said) . . and the garment is getting way too tattered.

    • Thank for the comment. To further expand on the opening quote, Merton wrote this 1966 essay reflecting that during the Eichmann trial a psychiatrist had determined that Eichmann was sane. Eichmann defended his actions as head of the Nazi Gestapo, by saying he was just following orders. This expanded quote from Thomas Merton may put it into better context.

      “The sanity of Eichmann is disturbing. We equate sanity with a sense of justice, with humaneness, with prudence, with the capacity to love and understand other people. We rely on the sane people of the world to preserve it from barbarism, madness, destruction. And now it begins to dawn on us that it is precisely the sane ones who are the most dangerous.
      It is the sane ones, the well-adapted ones, who can without qualms and without nausea aim the missile, and press the buttons that will initiate the great festival of destruction that they, the sane ones, have prepared. . .”

      I am glad you found the rest of the post inspiring.

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