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Jun 14, 2010

Religion and the Polis

The public sphere is no place for religion. This is because the soul is exclusively personal and every one decides for themselves how to care for it.  There is no way to make it a corporate enterprise without dishonoring some.  The society ( indeed any collective) has no soul, no morality.   It has a character, but morally it is never more than a mob of individuals.  Its morality must legislated into existence by conscientious individuals and overseen by monitors. 

Reason is shared by individuals across religious and cultural boundaries as are the basic human understandings of justice, fairness, equality, rights, etc.– metaphysical gifts that are unique to humanity but still not quite “religious”, though religions of course are interested in these things as well.  Religious communities mostly don't even pretend to be inclusive.  So in a society that espouses equality there must be no religious influence (except perhaps some principles that are pan-religious like the Golden Rule).  Therefor it is inappropriate for a secular society to talk in terms of religion.  Any time religion of any but a general kind enters public dialog as a source of morality it is contrary to democracy.
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I'm a sculptor/filmmaker living in Montana, USA. I am using art to move the evolution of humanity forward into an increasingly responsive, inclusive and interactive culture. As globalization flattens peoples into a capitalist monoculture I hope to use my art to celebrate historical cultural differences and imagine how we can co-create a rich future together.

I see myself as an artist/philosopher laboring deep in the mines of joy. I've had a good long career of exhibiting work around the world and working on international outreach projects, most notably being the first American to be invited to present a one-person exhibit in the Hermitage Museum. Recently I have turned my attention from simply making metal sculpture to creating films and workshops for engaging communities directly, tinkering with the very ideas and mechanisms behind cultural transformation. I feel that as we face tragic world crises, if the human species favors our imaginative and creative capacities we can cultivate a rich world to enjoy.

For me the deepest satisfaction in making art comes in engaging people's real life concerns rather than providing simple entertainment or decoration. Areas of conflict or tension are particularly ripe for the kind of transformative power that art uniquely carries. I invite any kind of challenge that serves people on a deep level.