You were really “such an artist” or “so talented” as a kid after you learned how to add perspective to your drawings. It may have been the 7th grade or so, but when ya had that vanishing point thing down with all the straight lines connecting to it, then all manor of cool stuff could happen, like big block letters in ‘3-D’, or endless pictures of railroad tracks or telephone poles going into the distance.
So, revisiting the whole perspective thing was a natural in my on-going attempt to re-live my youth. Don’t ask me what this one was all about. Too much Albrecht Durer woodcuts maybe; everybody in his prints had wings. So maybe this my version of the ‘With Child” when Madonna was off doing her Super Bowl gig.
But putting blasphemy aside, perspective has another connotation, and that of seeing things from a distance as to get a larger view. [Hey, that’s just like in drawing]. And maybe that’s what I need to do in order to see things more clearly; see ’em in a larger context. Sounds kinda “spacy”, but in Buddhism, having a spacious mind is something to strive for. With a spacious mind, one can behold things and not be overwhelmed, because they are seen from the larger perspective of impermanence, constant change and their relationship to suffering: clinging onto that which cannot be clung onto.
To illustrate my point (couldn’t leave that one alone), I’ve posted the above drawing. What does it look like? A turban-headed woman with a man’s face up her blouse, or a man’s face with a turban-headed woman growing out of it? Depends on your perspective.
Seen in long-term cycles, things become less distressing. The GOP primary circus: it’s just another Goldwater moment. The economy: it’ll recover. The Stock Market: it’ll go back up to 15000 and crash. The current President of the United States: Racism hasn’t died, it was just restin’ up. As the Bible says: ‘there is nothing new under the sun.’ Just the same old shit recycling itself again, and again, and again.