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Re: American Vision

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Numo Jaeger and Michael Miller (jaegmil)
Sat, 07 Jun 1997 12:58:05 -0400


Henry,

I am a big fan of your writing! You always write such thought
provoking comments on the list...it keeps me thinking and looking for
possiblities. Looking for truth. Looking for connections.
I was watching the American Visions program myself the other night
and felt the same way. Political, ethical, idealistic...I would like to
know more about American Art.

I think that uncertainty is uncomfortable. The pop culture doesn't
want to embrace uncertainty. The pop culture likes clean answers. Clear cut
decisions. The "good guy" wins in the end. Heck...I don't like
uncertainty...it's scary. Stepping into empty space with no hand holds. It
requires faith in the universe. Faith and uncertainty need to be together.
Does our culture, does the world culture have hope and faith? Many
of the students I am working with have dark visions for the future. Fear,
violence, hunger, homelessness, gangs...the list goes on and on...We lack a
common goal to unite us together. There seems to be a new "me" generation
out of necessity. I have to get my piece of the pie before the pie is gone.
Perhaps pop culture needs boundaries to push against. The rules and
boundaries are there prevent chaos, uncertainty and provide a comfort level.
Perhaps it is like that because it requires less thinking. Thinking requires
effort.

I would like to read more of your thoughts on uncertainty.

Numo Jaeger