Saturday, September 12, 2009

912 project: seeping a tea of fear


This morning, as I approached the metro on my way to work, I saw many people carrying signs and wearing tea bags on their heads. I was confused, but it soon became obvious this was a protest against our new president. The trains were packed, and once I managed to get in, I looked around to see many people carrying "Obama is a liar" signs-and even some with Obama as Batman's Joker (I believe strongly in the liberty of expression...but there is much to be said for respect to the individual and integrity). *sigh*
I asked the people around me about the protest-and they snickered as they told me of their beliefs. Clearly being outnumbered, I gently disagreed ....only to hear angry comments about my being "naive" and 'brainwashed' by the 'socialist administration'.

There was so much anger... I could not wait to get out at my stop!

At work, I asked my college students how many of them had watched Obama's speech to the shools on Tuesday- out of my 23 students-not one had watched it!
But I should not have been surprised...even in our own local schools, here in Arlington-where Obama spoke (!)- many teachers opted not to show the speech to their students.

Crazy. Sad.

How can we expect our children to be interested in things other than X-box and Harry Potter, when we enable their disengagement from society at large?
As much as I disliked Bush, had he spoken as president of the USA to the school children,-I would have wanted my son to hear him.

We heard some teachers tell us that elementary school children are "too young" and would get bored with the speech. A 20 minute speech?
Why do we continue with a dumbing down of our children?

We teach children as young as 5 years old in our studio-I know that they are able to listen to a 20 minute speech. And if they don't understand what is being said, it is the importance of the act sometimes that has value: children should learn that politics are a part of our daily lives. Often I hear from college (and some adults): "I am not into politics".
How can one not be "into politics"?
Politics are what drives not only our health care, but our food regulations, transportation, our human rights, our environment, housing, jobs...even art! Politics are the framework for our daily lives.

We bemoan the fact that our kids are "disengaged"...yet as parents and teachers we neglect their hearts and minds from the beginning!

Maybe that is why children like to come to our studio...not only because of the art they learn...but because we actually talk and listen to them. Because we realize the ample intelligence they have, their capacity for understanding and compassion.

And this brings me back to the march today...understanding and compassion:

Glenn Beck, the man who is credited with masterminding the march today, claimed to have as his goal a "unifying" of the nation much as we experienced on 9/12-the day after the tragic attacks in New York and Washington D.C.
However, today I saw simply hate and fear.
I saw the opposite of unity.

During the aftermath of 9/11 there was no distinction between blue or red or purple political beliefs. No bad mouthing of the president-even by people like myself- who was very unhappy with him and his office. There was only compassion and beautiful understanding of human beings--one to another. Love.

The televised speech of Obama became a "problem" to individuals across the nation before it even aired--simply because of the division caused by some media outlets like Beck. The March, further perpetuates this divisiveness in our nation.

I have hope in our next generations...(the good news are that most of the people riding the metro on the way to the march were older. The only children I saw were very young, with their parents. I saw no teens, no people in their 20s or 30s).

Things are due to change here and for many people: change, the unknown-provokes fear and they strike out as in the dark, hitting and tumbling and reaching ...for nothing...but indeed-causing havoc in the process.

Love is an expression of Truth whereas fear is the result of illusion.

11 comments:

belladaze said...

I value your opinions stated here - just thought you should know . . . keep thinking,writing,teaching.

Claudia Olivos and Sergio OlivosM said...

Thank you for taking time to comment! It is not always easy to write in presence of an echo! :)

Turly, one always goes on a limb when writing...but even more so when it's about politics. I appreciate your words of support.

gracias,
Claudia

Vanessa said...

I love how the people protesting taxes rode the metro to their protest!!!

Anonymous said...

Claudia-
I agree wholeheartedly. I was worried about the spin health care reform would take during the Congressional August break, and I was correct. The right wing is spinning it down the toilet.
You have my full permission to "indocrinate" my children into the "socialist agenda" while they take your art class. It'll just be backing up what we are teaching them: critical thinking and doing for others, which is not always what is in our own best interest, but is the way it should be.
Sharon Williams

olivosartstudio said...

Vanessa: too funny! I didn't even think about the metro at that time....but believe it or not: they wer COMPLAINING about how expensive the metro was! :P

Sharon: Thanks for the "thumbs up" :) ...we love to teach children about art AND life!..liveing it with grace. passion..and above all: LOVE!

Nancy said...

Respect. It seems to have been destroyed in the last couple of decades and it is very sad indeed. It is one thing to have and be able to voice your opinion and another thing to be rude and disrespectful doing it. Each of us has the right to his or her own convictions. But there is no excuse for rude behavior.

While politics may make for a volatile discussion, it's always a good thing to keep abreast of it, I agree with you about that. Thanks for the political musings.

Marilyn said...

I agree one hundred percent! I just feel that at this rate this cycle is never going to end. A friend my age (21) did not even know who Joe Biden is. It was just sad to me that during one of the biggest elections she had no idea what was going on.

* said...

Claudia,

Thanks for sharing your art and thoughts with us all! I left a little something for you on my little corner of the blog world.

http://cypresssun.blogspot.com/2009/09/awarding.html

Claudia Olivos and Sergio OlivosM said...

Thanks everyone for taking the time to comment!
Thanks Cyperssun for the honor on your blog :)

xoxxo to all

Namaste,
Claudia

sheila said...

I should visit here more often, considering great minds think a like, lol! Seriously...I find it sad that republican's have picked NOW to find a voice. Never mind that country was run into the ground over the last 8 yrs and no one said a thing.

Okay, with that off my chest...I want to say BRAVO on this post! There's more of US out there than you see on tv. Unfortunately, I'm surrounded by the others. *sigh*

Claudia Olivos and Sergio OlivosM said...

hahah Sheila! Great minds do indeed think alike ;)

Good to know!

Funny thing is that I have not received one negative comment yet... I will post all comments-not only those who agree with me!