It occurs to me that we need to make interventions in the field. When I was out driving around I saw how this might be done in a holistic fashion to address alienation by using community building techniques.
I will attempt to explain my logic on this by using two creekbeds as a metaphor. One was a natural creek that flowed to the sea. It was full of plastic refuse and little batteries. This is damaging our oceans. The second creekbed must have been built in the 50’s. It was cement lined. It was also graffitied. It occurs to me that the graffiti is mark-making not unlike the caves at Lascaux?
What might be done is that the cement lined creek could gain a new aesthetic if kids were “employed” and given training in masonry? Also i took some selections of natural plants that thrive on low water and seeds that self-sow? These could be used to do the landscaping. As I passed a little church I looked at how barren the landscape was. A program to “sow” these native plants that would thrive could take the place of the lawn? This could help elimininate the use of pesticides to maintain the lawn. These are also flowing into the sea.
A program like this to re-sow and create aesthetic beauty in the landscape would do two things. The creation of beauty would lead to pride? Pride in the landscape. It would also create bonding.
Here were two creeks both flowing to the sea. The cement lined creek had crows dipping in the water and graffitied walls.
The natural creek had toxins dumped by an unthinking populace that lived upstream.
Isn’t there a measure that can meet this halfway? I think so.
On the dashboard of my car are the plant samples I took that would fit in both areas.
As plants thrive, so do human beings.
On my beach walk I am seeing dying pelicans on the sand. We need to address this not just here but globally. A model can be built and taken worldwide.
When I worked in the rehab I understood the mark making to be not unlike storytelling?
So, think of graffiti as Lascaux. Circa 21st century.