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ICP-SalgadoWhiteMale2014At the International Center of Photography in NYC the current exhibit of recent work by Sebastiao Salgado (“Genesis”) is presented as “a quest for the world as it was, as it was formed, as it evolved, as it existed for millennia before modern life accelerated and began distancing us from the very essence of our being.”

Photographs: Stephen Wise

 

ICP-Cafe1ICP-Cafe (2)International Center of Photography (Cafe) — October 29, 2014

The cup reads: “We love having you here.”

Photographs: Stephen Wise

 

Americans2014“We’re #1!” (“I am King!”) is not the key to sustainability, nor a good legacy. Better to let the Lord be The One.

 

ComicCon2014Helvetika Bold, the social justice superhero, is seeking a paradigm shift at New York Comic Con (or perhaps regression in the service of development).

Photograph: Stephen Wise

5Pointz092514c5Pointz092514d“New York was swishing and jamming one minute and dirty and dead the next.” Flannery O’Connor, The Geranium 

The scene at what was once the 5Pointz graffiti mecca, now a demolition site, offers evidence of different ways that society can be built up and destroyed — by rebels and capitalists, all in the name of progress.

Photographs: Stephen Wise

CGI2014CGI-CrimeSceneAt this year’s Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting, the operative word, according to Hillary Clinton, is interconnectedness, and the mantra is “Re-imagining Impact.”

Given the nature of CGI (public-private access & engagement), the speakers, the attendees, the sponsors, and alas the credulous press, it’s only fitting that NYPD surrounded the meeting’s venue with “crime scene” tape.

The biggest crime being committed today, especially among society’s elites, is in the setting aside of Logos — and re-imagining the world in their own image. This leads to utilitarianism (with people using others for profit and pleasure), rather than fostering real interconnectedness based on truth and love.

There is a pattern to life that is being violated today by rights activists and capitalists. An example of that came in one of the sessions with Hillary Clinton saying: “We can not grow the global economy if we do not open the doors to women.” She went on to say that “it’s distressing to see how hard change still is…with those external and internal obstacles that are cultural and religious, and based in views of women’s roles and their capacities that are just no longer affordable — they’re wrong and they’re also no longer affordable.”

Photographs: Stephen Wise

 

Superman-girlGot a vaccine for that?

“The job of the school is difficult. our goal is to take every girl, no matter how antagonistic she may be, and within six to eight months rehabilitate her so that, with the guidance of a parole officer, she will be able to stay out of further serious trouble in the community. Naturally, we do not succeed with everyone, but we do with about 80 per cent of the girls. Operating essentially with an indeterminate commitment, we have permission to keep seriously irresponsible girls longer if we feel it is necessary; only a few, however, are kept over one year. Although girls who commit serious crimes such as murder, assault with a deadly weapon, or armed robbery are held at the school for one year, these commitments can be reduced if they show signs of earlier rehabilitation.” William Glasser, M.D., Reality Therapy: A New Approach to Psychiatry, (Harper & Row, 1965)

Photograph: Stephen Wise

 

NoMenDuring the Reign of Terror in France (1793-4) a French Royalist, Mallet Du Pin, is reported to have said: “There are no longer any men in France, there are only events.”

Today in the United States the same could be said — with one addition: “There are no longer any men in the U.S., there are only events and brands.”

In the recent case of Ray Rice, the NFL player involved in domestic violence, we see the “NFL” brand and the “NOW” brand (National Organization for Women) more concerned with their brands than with the persons involved. The result is comic book justice, driven by mobs, as the Justice League swings into action. “Rice has to go!” “Godell has to go!” “Assad has to go!”

If the National Organization for Women were truly coherent in their activism against domestic violence, they would also be working to end abortions. Over 1 million abortions are performed in the U.S. each year — the worst kind of domestic violence — with victims all around.

Rockaways2014“A lamp to my feet is your word, a light to my path.” Psalm 119:105

Photograph: Stephen Wise

 

MadMen2014Brand anthropologists and Baptist ministers (especially corrupt ones) like to encourage herd and mob behavior.

Herds (faceless numbers) and mobs (raging sex organs) tend not to embody the truth, justice, and unity that engender healthy persons and society.

The mounting mental illness in America is testimony to that.

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