i return the the states with exquisite cockroaches and poodles. some will easily be identified as valuable beauty while others may require a frame and lens in which to see the same potential.
a dream from a few nights ago still sits with me after many between:
it is necessary we travel. myself and another woman are preparing our animals to caravan across the arid region for many days. our animals are of two herds, the cockroaches and the poodles. the poodles require little in way of our attention so all of our care is spent on the cockroaches. on clinic white tables, we tend to the final two in an attentive routine. with two chopstick-like extensions i massage the cockroach to sleep on its back and proceed to tenderly examine its shell and body. after checking for abrasions and abnormalities to be treated, i lightly tap the body repeatedly to tune the cockroach for the changes ahead. all the while admiring the dark amber shell, thin spindle legs and fine antennae extensions that make up this creature.
the common portrayal of good and evil as beauty and ugly respectively is limiting and short sighted. i completely dismiss the single nature simplicity that beautiful equates to good and ugly equates to evil. instead, both conditions exist simultaneous and it is in the exchange that either beauty surfaces or recedes. Sun Ra poetically spoke about good and evil embodied in every human during his 1971 Berkeley course. to him it was the action not the label that determined whether one was going to better the world.