Section 8a of the United States Flag Code:
The flag should never be displayed with the union down, except as a signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property.
It was my intention not to post anything last weeks in light of how abysmally sad current events have been. It didn’t seem right to continue on posting ‘happy place’ pictures in light of so much going so wrong. But you can’t turn off the que on tumblr, so it played on.
I won’t be so obvious to list what is going wrong. You, the well informed discerning reader of Osiflandia have a greater worldly comprehension outside of rectangular concrete houses with panoramic windows, 4x4 vehicles with black wheels, sunsets, high desert landscape photography, trees, fog, trees in fog, 2-3 types of guns, motorcycles, and sharp-featured women.
My own sense of guilt, however problematic that may be, prohibits me from carrying on without a hiccup in the aesthetic therapy stream. The small percentage of my personality that would be considered ‘positive’ always intended this blog as an escape from the general ‘bad news’ however personal or public. With that said, I can think of at least one time in the past that I’ve paused for a press release of an exceptionally grave subject. This is not my way of earning back social justice points, I have no illusions that my opinion or lapse in posting fixes anything.
With that in mind, everything counts.
Gravity of injustice, violence, and loss absolutely phases me, and I don’t take anything for granted as often as I can humanly be aware of. The feeling of uselessness as a visual artist is particularly acute when real life is profoundly outpacing the relevancy of what you are creating.
I’m hoping the pendulum will swing in the other direction soon, since it is long overdue.