TREAT US LIKE DOGS AND WE BECOME WOLVES
Poverty and the Maine artist
Maine should be properly ashamed that one of their most talented authors is living on that ledge, and that we are not elevating the lives of the people that need it most.
When asked what she would do if she had a million dollars,
Carolyn Chute replied, while ticking her eyes back and forth in thought,
"What wouldn't I do? It would be gone in a heartbeat."
Chute writes fiction, based on her own reality of living in poverty.
She is humble and wouldn't dare complain about her rusting wheelchair or her lack of access to food or doctors.
She's stubborn, resilient and a truly incredible human being that respects all life over her own.
Not that rare of a find when you run in the poverty and artistic circles.
If you passed Carolyn in a grocery store, and didn't know that she was a respected author, you would judge her.
If Chute used an EBT card to buy cookies, you would judge her.
If she was wearing brand new LL Bean boots when she stopped at a food bank for some year-old dried spaghetti...
you would judge her.
You would deem her unworthy of your tax dollars because she hasn't left her house in months to work a "real job"
Carolyn Chute and her husband are two of the most talented thinkers. Beautiful and hard working citizens from Maine, yet scraping by to meet ends because they don't have full time jobs at Cosco.
(which in reality, is probably not enough income either)
contrasts of pre-modern Europe that we are repeating here in the US right now.
It is only by looking at these paintings that we can see, as a stark, visible fact and a lesson from history, the reality is that the poor had no shoes in the Rome of that day.
Are we walking backwards in our new bare feet?
I must warn you, I have some bad news to report, Rome fell.
Yeah yeah, "it didn't happen in a day." …
Is it worse that we can see it coming and that we are repeating it?
Doomed to ignore our own knowledge of history and culture?
When did it happen that we once again stopped respecting unpaid work provided by a mom, an artist, musician, a care-taker or a volunteer…or started treating the mentally ill, handicapped or addicted like the lazy blood suckers of society?
I would hard-press you to find a successful person that doesn't have an assistant, a mom, a care-taker or someone that makes their meals.
A muse, a creative, a human that doesn't consider money as an asset…IS the asset.
When the shit hits the fan…
you'll want to grab that Mona Lisa won't you…
Art IS history. It's a story, a book…a language.
CULTURE is the defining example and where our major historical truths can be found.
Everyone wants to have a Stephen King or a JK Rowling from their town, yet is somehow expecting them to write the next great American novel while working at Taco Bell to earn their keep.
JK Rowling was on welfare and raising a baby as a single mom while she wrote the Harry Potter series. Without that gift from the tax payers of England, it would have never happened, and furthermore, she moved back, and pays her taxes ten-fold, and England has received a hefty return on their investment.
This theory of supporting our lowest, can be called socialism or worse, but the reality of TODAY, is that it is not okay to leave behind the troubled to fend for themselves, a world power can not remain when it begins to break down into shanty towns.
Elevate them, and they will elevate us.
So why is Maine, which is a state chock full of talent, so slow to understand that under their noses is a pool of talented investments that they are treating like dogs.
That kid, that bought the red bull on EBT card that you are in line next to, is the next great Hollywood fame. Maybe, he even has the cure for cancer or will be the next MLK.
You see, welfare, grants, tax payer gifts to the poor and risky populations..uplifts art and culture as well as ourselves. It isn't just a "hand-out" while a bunch of poor people try to jam themselves into hard labor jobs to make money for a few CEO's, it's an investment in the future of our history.
What the artists, writers and musicians leave behind for you...IS your history.
Art, Culture, Unity and Soul