our world in 16 pictures

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seduction of propaganda logic, our current affairs world in 16 pictures

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Inspiration: Vermeer

Each one prays to God according to his own light.
Mahatma Gandhi.
going through some spring cleaning, given a mood swing , i took out my vermeer book, and got lost into Chiaroscuro for such along time that hours just passed without even realizing, Vermeer  was more than just Visual Concepts,  he was Branding,  Marketing,  “Emotionally iq-ing”, utilizing lighting color sensibilities and so much more.

whaow! I thank God today for being present and feeling blissful. the renewed joy found with what beautiful work of such intense quality strengthens most is ones connection with oneself, the value of  finding meaningful relationship with self on deep levels.

The only way out is Through!

In silence there is eloquence. Stop weaving and watch how the pattern improves.
Transformation: By Jalaluddin Rumi.

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Chapter 2

When the world knows beauty as beauty, ugliness arises
When it knows good as good, evil arises
Thus being and non-being produce each other
Difficult and easy bring about each other
Long and short reveal each other
High and low support each other
Music and voice harmonize each other
Front and back follow each other
Therefore the sages:
Manage the work of detached actions
Conduct the teaching of no words
They work with myriad things but do not control
They create but do not possess
They act but do not presume
They succeed but do not dwell on success
It is because they do not dwell on success
That it never goes away

Inspiration: Bracha L. Ettinger

themes: human subjectivity, feminine sexuality, maternal subjectivity, psychoanalysis, art and aesthetics fertility eternity creativity femininity good luck happiness knowledge transformation

Being Muslim: a balanced individual

Talking about religion gets people hyper, vocal, holier than thou and abusive. I believe faith is about calmness and keeping hope, moderate activism and creating and encouraging balance and harmony. after countless passionate discussions, on exhaustive religious differences , i still felt empty after winning every argument. Something changed since 2007, few meetings over a  year with baba (the first person who recognized my “weirdness” and asked me to write) since i found writing allow more explicit  and decontextualized interaction, than speech, which depends on a spontaneous, shared situation which i abhorred briefly, his non judgmental interactions made me see and feel things differently.  Funny how with him i never discussed religion but he still made me grow, i find writing about religion and other combative issues alot easier now.

– Human rights! And responsibilities

Most western (i.e Western culture , Western civilization or European civilization) theories are extremist about their ideology,  they focus on the self centered need  /rights of citizens but doesn’t address “responsibility” to other community and world at large. words like Moderation , Regularity , Rest , BALANCE , Activity are lost in the ideology of speed, fast lane, look busy, Now an abundance of “rights” and scarce encouragement of “responsibilities” generates imbalance, inequalities and unrest.

civil and military “Responsibilities” are the foundation of all human “rights”; without responsibilities, there will automatically be no rights.

From an Islamic perspective, there are six essential elements to generating a culture of recognition of rights and responsibilities:

• Awareness of the need to appreciate others
• Acknowledgement of others needs over your own needs
• Appreciation of self first, then others
• Acceptance of your role as a giver
• Action of recognition that leads to constant ethical acts which become habits
• Accountability whereby each individual asks this simple question: What have I done to deserve to be a citizen of this country and how am I contributing to the well-being of others?

Deepak Chopra: the personal and collective growth guru. just reiterates the above on finding balance along with his hindu/buddhist teachings: Amazing stuff!

1. Know that the world “out there” reflects your reality “in here.” The people
you react to most strongly, whether with love or hate, are projections of your
inner world.

2. Shed the burden of judgment – you will feel much lighter. Judgment imposes
right and wrong on situations that just are.

3. Don’t contaminate your body with toxins, either through food , drink, or
toxic emotions. Your body is more than a life-support system.

4. Replace fear-motivated behavior with love-motivated behavior. Fear is the
product of memory, which dwells in the past.

5. Understand that the physical world is just a mirror of a deeper intelligence.
Intelligence is the invisible organizer of all matter and energy, and since a
portion of this intelligence resides in you, you share in the organizing power
of the cosmos.

Adapted from Ageless Body, Timeless Mind, by Deepak Chopra
(Three Rivers Press, 1998).

Where the streets have no name, but art does.

Just like the Billboard painting performed in Pakistan, there is another indigenous form of art performed in Pakistan and it is the Truck Painting. With its all colorful floral patterns, depiction of human heroes with creative aspect ratios, calligraphy of poetic verses and driver’s words of wisdom, this form of art is truly a part of Pakistani transport tradition. Many trucks and buses in Pakistan are highly customized and decorated by their owners.

gorgeous via karachi khatmal

These adorned vehicles are considered as movingart, or jingle art. Because of their unique decor style, these vehicles are quite distinct in layout from other trucks around the world. Each part of the vehicle is decorated differently, with variations depending on the regional style. Although the decorative process is usually very expensive, it is still practiced throughout Pakistan as well as a few other countries of South Asia and Central Asia with great zeal and aesthetic zest.InPakistan a truck driver/owner usually pays $3,000 to $5,000 for their vehicle’s external decoration.

This decoration includes structural changes, paintingscalligraphy, ornamental decor and more. Mirror work on the front and back of vehicles and wooden carvings on the truck doors are commonly used. Usually, the driver or the owner takes the truck to a coach workshop soon after its purchase for this decoration. The artist embellishes each truck according to the particular tastes of the driver

http://www.pakistantruckart.com/

bigtruckwDecorative elements :colors movement and memory, Form , Colour ,space, poetry, Calligraphy , local wisdom, Flora and fauna