|Mary, "Returning the Nails" after the crusifixion. Bronze, 19".|
History is full of destroyers getting the better of builders. Any idiot can buy a gun and become a critic with an even louder voice than any builder or saint he critiques. It is nature that gives the immediate advantage always to the strong. Real solutions require real effort. There are only two ways to "win" against a destroyer. One is to become a better destroyer yourself, (which is why an action film feels so good even though what separates the good guys from the bad is often mere perspective). The other is to rise to another level to enact a solution, which is always a long-term, frustrating process. Rabbits don't "win" over coyotes, they outperform them as insurgents outsmart militaries and poets out-envision oligarchies. What can we possibly do?
We creatives must in just this way rise to a new level to overcome the debasing forces of consumer-driven contemporary culture. Day after day I labor in my studio, trolling for vision; struggling to build the image or idea that might help transform our current situation. I might succeed or not, (it feels futile!) but deep searching is what is needed. As my hero and friend Archbishop Tutu says, "We are not called to be successful; only to be faithful". God help us. Please!