Please savour more of the outpouring art of John Lawry here.
Just because others cannot handle what I want to say, does not stop me needing to say what I believe that I know.
Geoff Fox, January 23rd, 2021, Terra Nullius
Across the western world people are disconnecting from each other and their own nations. Rome’s great poet of the natural world, Vergil, (he was more famous for his patriotic epic poetry but wanted that work burnt after his death) dealt with this theme of disconnection right across his career. “Nos patriam fugimus” (literally : “we flee our fatherland/motherland”) was the start of the third line of his first surviving poetic work.
In my case, in the twenty-first century, ridiculous contempt for my life’s work destroyed my capacity to function “normally” in the country of my birth.
A new social contract is needed.
Geoff Fox, 7th January, 2020, Down Under, a.k.a. Terra Nullius
I feel a great affinity for the capacity of Indonesian poet Maman Majid Binfas to bring together different ideas and make them work.
In Indonesian language the concept of Kemerdekaan as freedom in the political context and Kebebasan as freedom in the personal context are two very different ideas. In his poem “Kebebasan” Maman unifies the two different ideas.
The above art work is a transcreation of the first lines of the poem where he uses God as the link.
Praise the Lord for the gift of freedom.
Geoff Fox, 29th December, 2020, Down Under
I wonder to myself whether or not we men need to be warriors or peaceniks. Answering this must start individually.
After 3 decades as a peace loving midwife, I now find myself as a 63 year old white man surprised to be becoming a bit of a warrior against misandry.
Thats not where my roots are but it is where I am.
Geoff Fox, 6th December, 2020
extended families work …….
………. nuclear families explode ………
………. men need space to breathe and grow both in and beyond the home ………
In Java, beneath mighty Mount Semeru, I tried to make sense of the misery of life for men in The West.
According to Wikipedia a slave is someone who is forbidden to quit their service to another person.
A slave is treated like property.
Slavery relies on the enslaved person being intimidated either by the threat of violence or some other method of abuse.
I think this is at least partially a description of the lives of too many men in the West.
I have renounced that.
Not that anyone cares.
Geoff Fox, 2nd December (American time), 2020, Terra Nullius
Geoff Fox, December 1st, 2020