Dare to See

"Dare To See" is the second painting of a mini series that focuses on
- when and where we see choose to see people
- how and if we actually choose to see people
- who and what we choose to see with out our physical eyes, our emotional eyes or our spiritual eyes

"It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see."
- Henry David Thoreau

"Looking and seeing are as different as babbling and speaking. To look means that our eyes operate only to the extent that they keep us from being hit by a car, assist us in learning the news, or amuse us through television.....Most people only look and do not see." 
- Bates Lowry

"The glaring contrast between seeing and looking-at the world around us is immense; it is fateful. Everything in our society seems to conspire against our inborn human gift of seeing. We have become addicted to merely looking-at things and beings. The more we regress from seeing to looking at the world -- through the ever-more-perfected machinery of viewfinders, TV tubes, VCRs, microscopes, spectroscopes -- the less we see. The less we see, the more numbed we become to the joy and the pain of being alive, and the further estranged we become from ourselves and all others."
- Frederick Franck

"Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see."
- Mark Twain

acrylic on canvas - 54x24 in

"Love your neighbor as yourself."
My own version of - Luke 10:25-37
A Con-Artist was going down the street, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A Holy-Man happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Business-Man, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. A young Punk also drove by on his motorbike. When he saw the poor man laying on the ground, he took pity on him. He cleaned his wounds and bandaged them up with the sleeves he ripped off his own shirt. Then he put the man on his motorbike brought him to McDonald  fed him and then took him to the nearest motel. He gave the man at the front desk a $50 bill and said: "Look after him," he said, "and when I return tomorrow, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have."
It is not about returning a favour or an expectation to be treated neighborly. It is about being the neighbour to those around us - every day.

"You must be the change you wish to see in the world."
- Mahatma Gandhi

"Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts."
- Albert Einstein


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