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Division Series

We are divided!

I see our culture, country and world as hugely divided. Our religions, morality, sexual preferences, wealth, education, politics, global exposure and social status - all have become hot buttons increasing the divide.

We are beings of differences and we choose to maintain divisions. We see ourselves as better than others and have little or no understanding of cultural origins related to societal and geographical differences. We are not accustomed to taking personal responsibility for our actions and our world has become too small to ignore the division.

Our egos have become too dominant. We have defined ourselves as hard edged quadrangles full of strong reasons to stay part of a faction. Even with social media changing so rapidly, we have lost the global view and have little respect for humanity.

Each of us need to make changes that would benefit mankind. It should be our mission to help our neighbors - help those who can't stand up for themselves and those whose voices are suppressed. We need to step into the shoes of our neighbors and see what he sees and try to understand how social norms and religions have formed all of our prejudices. This is one of the most difficult tasks we face, and we have to do this without malevolence and strive to respect one another.

Each painting shows our collectives (families, groups, sects, countries, tribes, etc.) as we interact with other communities. The series shows a step by step progression of exchanges through colors and tone changes, and concludes with a harmonious fantasy representing a more favorable future.

Awareness
We noticed our divide was wider than ever before. The situation became inflamed. Our differences became apparent. We were all uncomfortable with what was happening. We lost respect for anyone who didn't think as we did. We viewed our opposition as ignorant of the one true reality - our own.

Understanding
We could see this happening. Our relationship became more distant and colder. We lost respect for one another and we began to define our differences. When we understood all perspectives more clearly, the realization of our differences bolstered our fear based beliefs even more and, together with our presumed losses, we became fearful and hateful. We became blind to the needs of others.

Malevolence
We were all harmed. We saw personal freedom taken away, justice obfuscated, houses appropriated, livelihoods destroyed, and countries transformed. Worthiness vanished. We defended our point of view with arrogance and righteousness. After all we were better than everyone else. Our religion is the true religion, our race is better and more intelligent than anyone, our way of living was the only way. Our politics and ethics were most proper.

Contempt
With relations deteriorating, up cropped disdain and betrayal. We lost trust in our governing body. We became blind to the needs of others and did not consider the other point of view. Our world became a tinderbox of discontent. Greed became acceptable. But we lined up, held our ground and defended our beliefs.

The Encounter
We couldn't move to dignify the other. And hence the conflict ensued as we took sides and stood behind our precious points of view. Wars ensued as we upheld ancient traditions and commandments and we've been doing the same thing for thousands of years.

Compassion
But gradually, after suffering massive amount of starvation, poverty, pollution and death, we saw the stupidity of our thinking. We looked strongly within our dogmas and traditions and realized our societal norms have been guided by fear. The fear of our differences kept us from advancing as a global society. So we searched hard for the simplest place to find a new beginning - we educated all the young of our planet, with unbiased, reliable science and history. Then we found empathy and through compassion, we found forgiveness, respect and love.

Determination
With economic growth, we flourished and found it better to pick up our brothers and sisters, than to knock them down in this mad rush to get a head of him. We realized we needed one another for commerce, education and familial pride. We consciously chose to live in peace rather than conflict, and this was defined by our new humanity. We understood the importance education and interrelating respectfully. We chose to live in the future and forgave the past. Together we conquered poverty, starvation, disease and social disorder. We took control of our environment and saved our world. AND we let everyone live as they wanted to, as long as they upheld the basic governing societal laws of respect and love, and we asked everyone to take personal responsibility for our actions. Without poverty there was no crime - with no crime, there were no prisons. Money could now be spent on education and research. We allowed everyone who wanted a purpose in life, the freedom to fulfill their dreams. There were small problems from time to time but very few. We found most problems and fixed them. We were now living as ONE family with forgiveness, respect and love.

Exchange
We exchanged an energy we haven't seen in centuries. It revitalized us all. We learned. We grew with forgiveness, respect and love. Our differences became small and insignificant. We found love for our fellowman, and a respect for our different cultures, religions, ethnicities’, sexualities and social positions. We performed spontaneous charitable acts of kindness. We dismissed our fears and helped one another advance. We left supremacy behind - power became teaching - teaching became leadership.

Reparations
We extended our hands to one another and choose peace over war, education over greed, empathy over fear. In the process of forgiving, we found trust that became civility - civility became humanity. AND it was easy - we spread our wealth and the “bottom line” became insignificant. We gave instead of stole. The realization was, that giving now meant for a greater return. We provided living wages. And for the first time, you saw yourself within that person, someone struggling to survive.

Determination
With economic growth, we flourished and found it better to pick up our brothers and sisters, than to knock them down in this mad rush to get a head of him. We realized we needed one another for commerce, education and familial pride. We consciously chose to live in peace rather than conflict, and this was defined by our new humanity. We understood the importance education and interrelating respectfully. We chose to live in the future and forgave the past. Together we conquered poverty, starvation, disease and social disorder. We took control of our environment and saved our world. AND we let everyone live as they wanted to, as long as they upheld the basic governing societal laws of respect and love, and we asked everyone to take personal responsibility for our actions. Without poverty there was no crime - with no crime, there were no prisons. Money could now be spent on education and research. We allowed everyone who wanted a purpose in life, the freedom to fulfill their dreams. There were small problems from time to time but very few. We found most problems and fixed them. We were now living as ONE family with forgiveness, respect and love.


Ray Zovar



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