Like the atmosphere of meditation in this art!
Beautifully done, dear!
Beautifully done, dear!
Like a book cover. Beautifull dear)
How lovely and intriguing, draws me right in....
This is a lovely work, I love every detail visible and invisible, because its a work plenty of feelings and emotions!!!
We all know that the ancient Greeks were a bunch of horrible snobs who after first stealing all their knowledge from the Middle East declared themselves superior to everyone else, don't we? But there's a little-known twist to this story: the ancient Greeks felt they were better than all other peoples except for one, who they referred to as the Perfect People of the South. They apparently felt indeed like a bunch of peasants themselves compared to those. Who those people were is unknown, perhaps it refers to the Sudanese or even the Masai from Kenia. In any case they were Africans. Needless to say that they have been written out of ancient Greek history by their slavish admirers from western Europe, who chose to adopt their air of superiority instead in order to justify their total lack of respect for other peoples, in particular Africans. I tried looking up the story on the internets but without success. I came across it in a book written by a Dr, i.e. someone with a reputation to lose, so I trust it's true. As far as I'm concerned all ancient monuments can crumble as we speak. Time for a fresh start!
Not everyone would be willing to admit that, yet I can't deny it is true as I have red about it as well. Of course they were a bunch of very clever thieves who used those influences to create a civilization and philosophy that is considered unparalleled in human history (the history we are taught at least) and of course there are quite important details that always remain unknown unless somebody is willing to search further (which we should all do). Whichever the case, modern Greeks are not clever enough to even appreciate what is to be appreciated in what they inherited, so in that respect, they couldn't care less if the monuments and what they are supposed to symbolise crumbled like you say. A fresh start would require a fair degree of acknowledgement of the mistakes of the past as well as willingness to see ourselves as part of a whole in which everyone has the same rights to life and lots of imagination to create new structures to build all this on. I'm afraid that I am not very optimistic about the human race unless we are forced to be reborn after everything around has been destroyed. I don't really know...
The ancient Greeks should be known as the world's greatest librarians, though at the same time it should be noted that they did a particularly rotten job at crediting their sources, possibly because that as a "superior" culture they felt they couldn't really be seen to learn from others. And it's because of their obsession with gathering and categorizing knowledge from all over the Mediterranean and Middle East that they left us particularly detailed records of their thoughts and aspirations. Perhaps they were indeed the most advanced civilization of their time, but it's hard comparing them with civilizations which left no records. The Scythians for example were vastly superior metal workers who just might have taught the Greeks the concept of realism, and there's no reason to assume that ancient Germanic ("Barbaric") mythology was any less detailed or psychologically "deep" than that of the Greeks. If only they had left records, perhaps
that quack Sigmund Freud would have used their tales as templates for his "theories" rather than the ancient Greek ones. In any case as a civilization ancient Greece was in constant interaction with its surroundings rather than being some isolated island of pure genius. Other civilizations might have been more advanced than the Greek in some respects (like the Assyrians and Babylonians when it comes to astronomy for example), but that isn't what we were taught in school. And of course ancient Greece produced some wonderful stuff, it would indeed have looked pretty odd if they hadn't, given the duration of their reign. I don't mean to attack the ancient Greeks but I do get annoyed with this uncritical "slavish adoration" displayed by post-medieval scholars, to which the Greeks contributed greatly, it has to be said, by recording themselves as that "island of pure genius" amidst a bunch of backward peoples. To put it in a slightly adapted version of Newton's words: if the ancient Greeks could look further than others, they still would have rather perished than to admit it was because they stood on the shoulders of giants. It's that sense of cultural and inherent superiority which in my view was inherited by the Western Europeans and which made decisive contributions to the ease with which the atrocities of colonialism and slave trade were carried out. And that's a good reason for reviewing the whole thing, in my opinion. Which isn't necessarily easy, since for example vindicating the ancient Germanic tribes who the ancient Greeks looked down upon as Barbarians will send you directly into the arms of the far right, who maintain their own lies and myths about the past. Caught between a rock and a hard place..
That was the most detailed and interesting comment I've ever read on here, Voxh.
I can't argue with anything, you're absolutely right and once again, thank you for putting my thoughts into order. Yes, I have to admit that things are like that, although I would never have been able to express my thoughts in such an eloquent manner, probably because my knowledge is too limited to do that.
Just know that the title I put to my work here is a bit sarcastic and it has to do both with history and personal issues. "Glorious" has never been that glorious, I mean...
Thanks a lot for taking the time to write all that, V!
Christina, this is an awesome work, dark, thoughtful, emotional...well done!
Thanks so much, dear Ralphy!
Reminds me of "1984"
I guess it does in some way if you see it like a prophecy concerning a darker future...
Thank you for your comment!
Lovely piece Christina
Deep and dark as you