“Shining Path Thru Ferns”, 16×20 oil-alkyd on canvas board, by Rog Lyngaas, 15dec09, Choate8 palette.
This painting is set in the Columbia River Gorge. The title I chose begs a question.
What does the Shining Path have to do with World Peace?
Given what happened in Peru, maybe nothing. The dichotomy is many people have revelations as individuals. Often it may appear to be the ultimate truth to them. So much so that they push their “TRUTH” upon others. They may even refer it as their “SHINING PATH”, “YELLOW BROOK ROAD”, or “MANIFEST DESTINY”.
Regardless, a problem arrives to us. Their is a statistically high rate of these revelations the actually hinder world peace, instead of encourage it. I.E. some of us [including me] mean well, but become hurting instead of helping.
I conclude that my failings are my sometimes misunderstanding of what should be — should be “TOLERANCE” instead of anything else. Sorry.
Regardless, Peace be with you this Christmas-Epiphany time. It came, it is, it loves, it has tolerance, and it gives life. So I would like to encourage you in your revelation.