“Truth is beauty;
even when it is sad or disturbing.
We live in an intrusive society;
and must wake up to this fact
or fall victim to its control.”
– Matthew Schwartz (Spadecaller)
I invite you to explore the remarkable artistic work of “Spadecaller”(http://www.spadecaller.net/). His acrylic paintings focus on themes that depict the inhumanity of war, political oppression, and the emancipation of the individual living in a militaristic nation.
Schwartz’s art not only honors the memory of the holocaust, it painstakingly celebrates the emancipation of the oppressed living today. And as I reflect upon the thoughtful, insightful art of Schwartz, I am reminded of an observation bestowed upon us by John F. Kennedy:
“If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him. We must never forget that art is not a form of propaganda; it is a form of truth.”
I recently purchased a new work of art – a pen, during our visit to Indian Festival & Market. This writing implement was fabricated from a thirty caliber shell. And it reminded me of the work of this phenomenally gifted artist Matthew Schwartz, a. k. a. “Spadecaller”. I handed it to one of our older students with the comment, “From swords to plowshares! Can you think of a better use of this ammunition?” He studied it carefully, and as he hand it back to me, softly and thoughtfully said, “No. I cannot.”
Swords to plowshares is a concept in which military weapons are converted for peaceful applications.
The phrase originates from the Book of Isaiah:
” – And He shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.” – Isaiah 2:3-4
The plow share is often used to symbolize tools that benefit mankind, as opposed to destructive tools of war, symbolized by the sword, a similar sharp metal tool with an opposite use.
Ongoing examples include the dismantling of nuclear weapons and the use of their contents as fuel in civilian electric power stations, the Megatons to Megawatts Program. Nuclear fission development, originally accelerated for World War II weapons needs, has been applied to many civilian purposes since its use at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, including electricity and radiopharmaceutical production. The use of nuclear fusion in weapons designs, supplied the ability to create new elements, such as einsteinium.
Established nuclear-weapons policies are unlikely to change. Mistrust is prevalent within the entire international community, so change is slow. Policies today are rooted in fear, insecurity and strong self-interest.
The number of nuclear weapons held by the biggest possessors, the US and Russia, have been reduced dramatically. South Africa dismantled its nuclear-weapons capability in 1991. South Korea, Argentina and Brazil moved away from nuclear weapons development. To date, Iran has not taken the decision to develop a nuclear weapon. The Non-Proliferation Treaty continues to play a central role, maintaining dialogue between the countries, and sustaining a common objective: to prevent the further spread of nuclear weapons. But we are far from being out of danger.
In fact, my friends, we are out of time. The destructive capacity of our weapons we cannot even comprehend. Today, not tomorrow, we must teach our children to love one another, to see truth in the beauty in everyone and to find compassion, so often hidden within the dimensions of indifference.
In the wink of an eye, the sand of this earth can turn to glass, in a fiery furnace of hatred, intolerance and indifference. And the glass eye that was life on this earth, will see no more.
The anvil upon which the sword of our transgressions can be shaped into peace, is the human heart.
But my great fear is that the lessons of love are too late for the learning. In the wink of an eye every soul can be burning. In our hands, my friends, lies the fragile truth that may never blossom into beauty. Tomorrow, this giant rock upon which we reside, may simply rotate without us and without the most beautiful expression of our love, our children.
We cannot remain –
indifferent to love.
There is an invisible strength in you. And it is more powerful than any force you have imagined. In fact, you must engage your imagination in order to truly feel its presence. It is the power of Love.
If the bountiful beauty of the love that resides in your heart does not blossom in the hearts and minds of your children, well, then there will be no trace left behind. None of us will remain. A sad truth will still be here, but unfettered by the beauty of our being. No one will be left alive to tell the story of our lives. No one will be here to remember. No one. No child. No grandchild. No one!
“Indifference, to me, is the epitome of evil.”
– Elie Wiesel
My friends, there is no work of art more beautiful or more powerful than the love you feel in your heart. But the canvass that is this earth may become barren, as if the beautiful brushstrokes of your love never caressed this earth. I know that the story of your life was read by someone, in the light of this day. And, that story need never end, if the brilliance of your love, sought so desperately by your children, is found reflected in loving eyes that search so longingly for your smile. Hope for mankind needs the warmth of your embrace at the end of each day saying, “I Love You”.
The story of love begins and ends with you. Yes, you are the story of all life to be. In every moment we seek beauty, we find truth. The beautiful love that you set free in the next moment of your life, may liberate mankind forever.
Friday April 11, 2014 we will meet at 10:00 a.m. at Hidden Valley Miniature Golf at 8621 Jacksboro Highway, Lakeside, Tx Telephone: 817-237-5463. Please ask for a map if you would like to have one.
Emergency Telephone 682-777-1908
We will dine at CiCi’s and then shop for books at Half Price Books. Pick up is at 2:30 p.m. at Half-Price Books, located at 475 Sherry Lane, north of Ridgmar Mall –Telephone: 817-732-4111.
Students are NOT to leave Hidden Valley or the restaurant
or bookstore without the approval of Dr. or Mrs. Anderson.
FINANCIAL: $6.00 per game please pay Hidden Valley.
OTHER: Please bring funds for lunch & a book.
Uniform pants with a belt & red monogrammed school shirts are required. PARENTS / FRIENDS / NEIGHBORS, are always invited to participate on our trips. Bring the Family!
• Hidden Valley is Rated #1 miniature golf facility by Ft. Worth Star Telegram, 18 hole course – one of the areas largest courses, spread out over more than an acre of pristine astroturf, Hidden Valley’s 18-hole course turns tee time into a game of family-friendly one-upmanship.
Multilevel greens offer putters varying vantage points to navigate the windmills, water hazards, and other renewable energy obstacles as they begin their hunt for the hole. A lighthouse is in the center of the course and the calming fountains and waterfalls help players summon their zen.
April 18 & 21 (Fri. & Mon.) Easter Holidays
April 25 (Friday) Flight Deck
April 29 (Tuesday) Scarborough Renaissance Festival
May 1 Tuition Due for 2014-15
May 12 & 13 (Mon. & Tues.) Shakespeare Production
May 16 (Friday) Main Event
Accept things and people as they are,
and your heart will begin to open.