The Insanity Of Humanity
This surrealist photo-collage captures the inane and often insane thinking that we humans apply and adopt to the natural world around us.
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Humans see beauty and grace in the natural world.
We marvel at things that for us, seem impossible to achieve or replicate.
So, in an effort to prove ourselves – to who knows who or what – we study, analyse and copy those miracles of nature.
But then something weird happens.
Pride and other destructive human conditions come into play.
Instead of sharing, we lay false claims to our discoveries and try to take ownership of them.
Then, when conflicts arise, we weaponise them and turn those new-found technologies against each other, ultimately destroying the world that gave them to us in the first place.
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The Insanity Of Humanity
An ekphrastic poem by The Artist Trebor
The word ekphrasis, or ecphrasis, comes from the Greek for the written description of a work of art produced as a rhetorical or literary exercise, often used in the adjectival form ekphrastic.
It is a vivid, often dramatic, verbal description of a visual work of art, either real or imagined.
Thus, “an ekphrastic poem is a vivid description of a scene or, more commonly, a work of art.”
We claim to be the dominant animal.
We feel the desire to climb higher,
to stand taller on that self-proclaimed pedestal.
We think we are the aces of the places
of our world, the land, the seas, even the skies
where we reside beside
Mother Nature’s beauty and graces.
We believe we are wise to rise
and strive to mimic such majesty.
We are never content, so we lament.
We ponder. We observe and invent
contraptions that are clunky copies
or those worldly physical interactions.
Copies of the fundamentals, the incidentals,
which are actually instrumental
to the evolution of our dreams
that foresee a future reliant on machines.
A future that will improve our existence
with less resistance
from that which we perceive as tragedy
Take flight as an example.
The eagle soars majestically, effortlessly.
It does not need to scramble.
It has ample sky, space and time
to amble and still fulfil its primal needs.
In times past a select few were mesmerised
hypnotised, then realised and believed
the re-creation of flight can be achieved.
Flight was no longer a mystery.
Those humans are noted in history.
But the human mind plays tricks and games,
urging us to pursue glory and fame,
so we apply those discoveries of innocence
to battles of offence, defence and consequence.
We weaponise without regard or compromise
to elevate what we internalise as superiority
and achieve what we delusionally call authority
over the chaos that is
‘Ah-Ha! we now have an advantage.
We have the upper hand.
We can take control so let’s forget the toll
we pay in terms of lives lost. It’s a small cost
compared to the gains”. But what remains?
We sink into a deep depression, a recession.
The victorious impression is a short-lived addition
as we struggle to rebuild our society,
our culture, with all its traditions.
All in the name of peace.
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