I was sitting on the pavement this evening, in Melbourne, with my hat upturned in front of me and a few cultural messages to spread, when a young guy named Benny sat next to me informing me that I was wearing an amazing Wu-Tang jacket.
I had no idea what Wu-Tang meant, so I looked them up online to find out why that was important to Benny.
Then I wrote this rap.:
“I got caught short and lost in rorts,
cos dumb cops thought my brain was nought.
But the joke’s on them cos I’m showing men
and women too that I stick true
They’d bust us,
but trust this please,
all women and men,
I will win!
I will win!”
My first day in court, for upsetting the police by standing up for an Aboriginal guy, is next Friday.
Today it is Rosa’s 110th birthday. To mark the occasion, I fuse her words with images of good, beautiful females I know and like and admire. One is a real woman, Deeanna Appadu, born and raised in Mauritius, and now in Australia. The other a goblin art comic and street-dwelling superhero, Shine Of The Moon. Both are women of color. In Shine’s case the color is tawny.
I brought them together once in one of Shine’s artistic homes
Geoff Fox, 4th February, 2023, Melbourne, Australia
Today is the 114th birthday of mystical philosopher Simone Weil who wrote: “Whether the mask is labeled fascism, democracy, or dictatorship of the proletariat, our great adversary remains the apparatus—the bureaucracy, the police, the military. Not the one facing us across the frontier of the battle lines, which is not so much our enemy as our brothers’ enemy, but the one that calls itself our protector and makes us its slaves. No matter what the circumstances, the worst betrayal will always be to subordinate ourselves to this apparatus and to trample underfoot, in its service, all human values in ourselves and in others.”
In one week, on February 10th, court proceedings, criminal charges, will begin against me, a 65 year old man with no criminal record, for refusing to stop attempting to stand up for an aboriginal or First Nations man who wanted to enter a church and was threatened with arrest.
The Orwellian stupidity and callousness of government and the injustice system in Australia seems to know no bounds.
I take solace in these facts:
A. The best people in churches in Australia know that this sort of thing is wrong. They are a light in what is now for me a very dark life.
B. I can still normally at peace in places of worship and with people devoted to truth and to God.
C. Gazing on the glorious mystique and attractive power of beautiful women is not yet a crime.
Like Anita Ekberg (pictured above and below) whose breakout role as an unattainable star was in la Dolce Vita, which was released 63 years ago on this date in Italy. When Ekberg had earlier played Helene in “War and Peace”, she was billed as “Paramount’s Marilyn Monroe.”
Anita Ekberg got into men’s heads. Because she could. That’s freedom.
On this date, February 2nd, in 1947, Farrah Fawcett was born, 25 years after author James Joyce published his masterpiece, Ulysses, on his 40th birthday, also the second of February.
The words in the image above, where Farrah truly bloomed, are the final words in the novel spoken by Molly Bloom who functions in Joyce’s work as something like an Earth Goddess and a self-aware, perceptive, liberated woman.
I think the novel’s final words go well with the iconic red swimsuit image in which Fawcett’s sexuality was both more explicit (with bare thigh and a protruding nipple’s shape very clear seen) than previous sex goddesses like Mae West and Marilyn Monroe, but also more restrained in a girl next door sort of way.
More words from James Joyce’s Ulysses with Fawcett in the middle flanked by her Charlie’s Angels co-stars Jacklyn Smith (left) and Kate Jackson (right)
For me this is what a truly free culture, like American culture at its best, can do: constantly reinvent and improve upon itself.
But, sometimes, that change goes the other way.
The sexual liberation that accompanied the second wave of feminism has been partially replaced in this century by a misandrist sexual repression, where male heterosexuality can at times be treated as criminal, as if all male attraction to women is tantamount to rape.
I photographed analogue photographer Annika Ledet from Sydney at the First Nations rally in Melbourne last week on January 26.
On the love, matilda art website it is written that: “Annika’s passion for photography started when she re-defined her notion of photography as a magical form of nonverbal communication ……… Annika has utilised photography as a way to overcome the barriers of connection experienced by two strangers. She believes that the most powerful photographs demonstrate a relationship existing between the photographer and their subject, this belief is greatly instilled in Annika’s works.”
For me, in my Word Art, the communication more fully happens when I add words to photos. I call this living in The Word by which I mean Logos or Rationality, Discourse and God.
My words in response to Annika Ledet.
So, for me, the personal in art becomes spiritual – sometimes.
Mary Tyler Moore was a wonderful Indigenous Woman Of The Anglosphere. (A woman who excelled in the English language culture into which she was born.)
Mary died 6 years ago on 25th of January, 2017.
She pioneered the portrayal of a working single mother on American network television. Then MTM, the production company which bore her initials as its name, created magnificent TV shows like Hill Street Blues, a pioneering masterpiece that did for television drama what Charles Dickens did for the novel.
Perhaps few people understand as well as you do, just how hard it is for the traditional values of family, church and state to survive unchanged in this w0rld.
I fully understand that you are not a monarch who directly rules the people.
Like your mother, you are a monarch who serves the people both symbolically and in assenting to decisions of parliament which can be discussed with you.
I understand that, in the normal course of events, I should discuss problems I encounter in society with democratically elected people’s representatives before writing to you.
But my attempts to find those discussions, when my human rights were trashed by police and the courts in Melbourne, Australia in 2016, were so miserably unsuccessful that I flew to Indonesia in 2019 and renounced Australian citizenship, hoping to get a better life in Java.
I was returned to Australia from Indonesia against my will, but have never withdrawn that renunciation.
On 9/11 last year, outside St Paul’s Cathedral in Melbourne, I was physically and sexually assaulted by Victoria Police as a result of standing up for the human rights of an Aboriginal man. Now police are taking me to court, as if I were a criminal, despite the fact that the only independent witness said that I did nothing wrong.
Following the Augustinian idea that “Unjust law is not law at all.” and the Ghandian commitment to Satyagraha, “holding firmly to truth”, which Ghandi developed in an earlier era in your realm, I now reject the legal authority of both Victoria Police and Melbourne Magistrates Court, because of their moral failure to deliver justice.
This failure is not only true of what happened to me in 2016, it is true of what was done by them to Cardinal George Pell. From 2016 to 2019, Victoria Police trashed Pell’s rights and used Victorian courts against Pell, including Melbourne Magistrate’s Court.
The Cardinal was thrown into jail for 406 days, when what he had done, beyond reasonable doubt, was to conduct a mass.
Yesterday a Man Of God, a man who understands Christian life and political life, said to me that the treatment of Cardinal George Pell was a “modern inquisition tarted up to be something else.”
King Charles, if your realm, of both the Anglican Church and the British Commonwealth Of Nations, is to be a civil, democratic realm, where human rights are respected and not trashed, then I believe you have a crucial role, even if it is a politically symbolic role, to play now in speaking up for human rights, for democracy and for freedom.
Immoral injustice implies no rule of real law in this part of your realm.
I await your response.
Telling my story,
Geoff Fox, 23rd January, 2023, Melbourne, Australia
While he is quite a flawed individual in some respects, I regard POTUS 45, Donald Trump, as easily one of the best American presidents in my lifetime. (along with Ike, JFK, RMN, and The Gipper.)
One of his strengths is that the fact that he is a family man has given him some really good and truly beautiful people working at his side.
Father Donald and daughter Ivanka at work in the Oval Office with wise words from their First Lady.
On the basis of the quality of the words and insightful thought in his Inaugural Address, on this date 6 years ago, I now name President Trump as number five in my series of Indigenous Men Of The Anglosphere.
Here is a selection of ideas from that speech:
“Today’s ceremony ……. has very special meaning, because today we are not merely transferring power from one administration to another, or from one party to another, but we are transferring power from Washington, D.C., and giving it back to you, the people …….
The establishment protected itself, but not the citizens of our country …….
What truly matters is not which party controls our government, but whether our government is controlled by the people …….
The forgotten men and women of our country, will be forgotten no longer ……..
(Our) movement (has) a crucial conviction, that a nation exists to serve its citizens …….
We share one heart, one home, and one glorious destiny …….
We do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone, but rather to let it shine as an example …….
……. through our loyalty to our country, we will rediscover our loyalty to each other. When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice. The Bible tells us, how good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity. We must speak our minds openly, debate our disagreements, but always pursue solidarity ……..
There should be no fear. We are protected, and we will always be protected ……. most importantly, we will be protected by God.
……. we must think big and dream even bigger. In America, we understand that a nation is only living as long as it is striving.
It’s time to remember that old wisdom our soldiers will never forget, that whether we are black, or brown, or white, we all bleed the same red blood of patriots. We all enjoy the same glorious freedoms …….
……. whether a child is born in the urban sprawl of Detroit or the windswept plains of Nebraska, they look up at the same night sky, they fill their heart with the same dreams and they are infused with the breath of life by the same almighty creator …….”
This sort of speaking is what I call Living In The Word.
If you wish to understand why such words and ideals are very important to me personally, please read “Augurs Of Freedom”, which I wrote three years ago about thoughts on Inaugural Day from three other presidents.
Recovering from trauma and restoring true greatness can only be done with love.