The thin crust of the man made world.

mankind’s civilizations – built in the image of what nature shows him/her, built over the top of nature, again and again. Foolishly forgetting what lies beneath. We live dangerously upon this thin and fragile crust we call home.

I think if humans saw themselves as part of ‘the flesh and blood’ of the Earth – has a matter of cells in a larger body – it would be a step that would compel us to live in a more sustainable way.
My mind is currently over-run with the idea that i have always been on Earth in some form. Born as a new human, but still of some form before that – as old as the granite rocks. I am not really ‘I’ when it comes to the Earth. Could i be part of Earth, re-used time and time again as its living matter?.
It is hard as a human being to separate deep thought from spiritualness-a fundamental part of the human psyche. But these ever growing thoughts are not leaning me towards religion, but to a feeling of greater closeness to Earth.

Last night i saw the re-make of the film King Kong (i haven’t seen the original since i was 9 years old). The final scene from the film stayed with me for the rest of the night -the scene where the giant Gorilla is lying dead on the floor, whilst lots of ‘little’ people frantically scrambled up to it, like a bunch of tiny insects attacking their prey. It was typical to how people react to something, we aren’t as individual, separate and superior as we like to believe.
Most people like to be part of the crowds, too much isolation generates fear and anxiety. It is as if most species have the instinct to work as one solid body, one clump of life. Are all animals programmed to do their job in maintaining healthy living environments on earth, like different cells in the body are their to keep each of us living healthily?

We Humans arrogantly (perhaps maybe more foolishly) create our own worlds -sweeping all the rest of nature out of the way, as if it no longer is needed there – replacing Earth rules with those of Kings and Dictators. I – a man frightened of the prospect of a totalitarian regime – would have no argument against letting mother Earth be my dictator, she would never lie to me or strike fear into my mind.
It is the reigns and power we drape our leaders in (or they drape themselves in) that need to be taken back from man and given back to the Earth if we want to survive as a species. Our power is an illusion, and if we carry on living in our current mode, our reign wont last much longer.
Its fear it is a matter of urgency.

About John Ledger

A visual Artist, eternal meanderer and obsessive self-reflector by nature, who can’t help but try to interpret everything from within the tide of society. His works predominantly take the form of large scale ballpoint pen landscape drawings and map-making as social/psychological note-making. They are slowly-accumulating responses to crises inflicted upon the self in the perplexing, fearful, empty, and often personality-erasing human world.

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