Lampwork Eye Candy...and Indifference, issues in the world...

 It's been a while since I've I thought I'd share some beady babies.  These are already sold...thank you...but I've moved into my bright days. :-)

The world news is depressing…the Middle East, namely Libya. The disasters in Australia and now, Japan, are heartbreaking.
Our world systems of ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ are based on the concept of ‘doing the right thing’ …not ‘what’s in it for me.’ So the reality score card isn’t very sterling in regards to the UN. I’m looking at the failures. In viewing the big picture of Rwanda…Darfur…the Balkans. We, as world citizens, even failed to stop 1995 Srebrenica massacre. The UN’s peacekeeping missions are plagued by abuses. How about those 2004 reports of alleged rape, prostitution and pedophilia in the Congo. So now what is going to happen in Libya?? It took long enough for that no-fly zone...

When the world’s protectors are the world’s abusers, be is by their own hand or by lack of action…what are the end results?

What is happening is Libya is very sad is some ways. It shows that a ‘World’ organization has become a ‘world’ organization. I do understand that it takes communication and shared info to determine the correct decision but does it take this long??? While the Security Council is discussing the matter…people are dying and for what? Talking?? So when diplomacy becomes the escape for lack of action, then what action must be taken??

We all know right from wrong…it’s not like this situation (or Rwanda) is nuclear physics. Either the UN is a “World” organization for the people and human rights or it’s not. If it can not act in a swift and a conscious manner, then why does it exist? Didn’t we learn from WWII??? Sounds like we are bolding going nowhere.

Also reading about world disasters, namely Japan…but it also makes me think of the failures in Katrina/New Orleans, Haiti, Indonesian etc.

Now what does ‘all of this’ have to do with lampwork and art??? (because as soon as I write one of these rants, my email reader normally hacks up a hairball with all the responses I get) Well, it goes back to the old saying…”Artists are here to disturb the peace”. It also does pertain to everyone. You have a voice, use it or be willing to take the consequences.

It’s really easy to sit back and bitch about the issues that are taking place. I hear/read, on a daily basis exactly that happening. (it’s even easier to maintain an ostrich type mentality of apathy)

I also know that there are a huge number of issues taking place…so pick one, any one issue….campaign for change. It doesn’t have be one of those reality shaking biggies either. There’s plenty of issues to pick from…there’s plenty of causes to support…there’s plenty of ways to get involved. Write a letter…donate time or money…recycle…blog…spay or neuter your pets…the list goes on and on! In other words…get up off your butt and do something…take responsibility for your world.

Freedom does have its price, nothing is free in this world. In my opinion, knowledge/information carries a price tag of responsibility and accountability.

For the quote loving folks…here’s one by Elie Wiesel (if you don’t know who he is, try Google)
“The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it's indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it's indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it's indifference.”

That's the end of my rant...back to business.

Later Gators...have a great weekend!