I would just like to preface this post by saying I'm sorry if this conversation is a tad bit too serious. It may not be up everyone's alley.
I do feel however, it's an issue that's important enough to warrant a proper conversation and thought towards it.
That being said. Here goes nothing.
As a deeply emotional, nostalgic human.. There are a few things that disturb me as much as climate change.
After spending countless hours reading books, articles interviews..I always reach a point of emptiness.
It isn't the lack of hope, for hope is an easy facade to stand behind.
After further probing and introspection..I came to realise...I wasn't depressed or anxious about the future (like most would think).
I just knew deep inside..
This was all very true.
There was no over-dramatisation.. No special effects.. The horror stories are true.
And its effects would be much worse.
If you believe in energy.. You will also be forced to believe.. We live in a generation of madness.. An undying over stimulated world, that's producing the next generation.. That is ideally a lot smarter and well informed than the previous generation (thanks to all the information available at hand)... But also a generation that has found a way to turn a blind eye to pressing issues, instead focusing completely on oneself and fueling a never ending ego.
If one was to ask me.. What I thought of my peers.. And the people around me..I would say fake.
I see a world full of fake people, who are forced to be politically correct in a generation where ego/self promotion is the driving factor.
8 out of 10 people hate even thinking about a topic as serious as climate change. It is too much effort to bring ourselves to reality.. And let ourselves feel the burden of the truth.. Than it is to plaster on a fake smile and click photos of oneself and post it on social media.
Suddenly those nightmarish pictures in heronimus Bosch's garden of earthly delights seem more plausible.
Suddenly those twisted demented figures in Picasso's Guernica feel more relatable.
If one notices... These paintings have been exhibited for a long time
Climate change and there demise of values is not a new discussion
We have been aware of it for an incredibly long time
Yet.. None of those paintings sparked a change in the generation that viewed it.
If it did.. Perhaps we wouldn't be where we are today.
The question arises then.. Why are we so hell bent on capturing our surroundings.. Why are we so adamant at making a point and showing people subjects, that aren't unknown.
And as an artist.. What's the point at making paintings, of the next generation can't appreciate and learn from it.
As artists.. We must be more sensitive towards these subjects.. After all.. One can't paint nature whilst ignoring how we are ruining our own subjects.
Imagine a world where your children and grandchildren would grow up.. Never knowing what glaciers were.. Or That a place like Venice existed
Imagine a world where they grow up.. Surrounded by negativity and sadness all around them.. But are told for their own sanity.. To be superficial and not care.
Imagine a world.. Where they grow up in disgusting polluted cities.
Where stepping out without a mask would mean death.
How would you tell them. Overpopulation has caused people from all over the world to become refugees overnight.
And that robberies, murders, insurgencies are going to be common place.
And how would we tell them.. That we could have changed and made a better world, but lacked the political will to do so.
Although I am an Indian.. And not Christian.
I can't help but feel in love with the illustrations from the golden age.
I feel nostalgic about a bygone era of a country that I wasn't born in.
What immense power those artists must have had to make someone feel like I do.
But the formula to their paintings were simple.
It was about hope.
The hope to have a perfect Christmas, perfect dinner, perfect neighbor and perfect human.
The hope towards a better future
As an artist, I can only hope I can invoke the same feelings.. Maybe change lived through my paintings.
And I can only hope.. We change our ways and teach our children to love and build empathy towards all animals, nature and humans and act now.
While we can still escape complete annihilation.