Mountains and Rivers
passiveactivism (at) gmail.com
Supporting and establishing different ways
In my experience a direct personal relationship is the only thing that might withstand and outlive the failure or abuse enacted by a system. It is those relationships that make a life situation within a society resilient.
To me, the potential of a patronage or mentorship is, that people whose abilities and drives, or fortunate circumstances have led to the accumulation of a certain financial wealth, decide to share some of that 'water’ with others.
With others I mean people whose sensibilities and talents might be less valued in a given society.
The mentor, however, sees a value and decides to support.
In that way, a mentorship could be described as a collaboration and a contribution towards a more diverse and healthier society.
Another concept is that of Dana, which in Buddhism or also in Hinduism, for example, describes a formal religious act of giving to a monastic person or a person on a spiritual path. Dana is as an integral part and a common practice of many Eastern societies.
I think most likely it would be of great advantage, if whoever feels called to it, would be provided with a sort of regular income, or the backup and security of a house. Like this he or she is less forced to stick out, to produce or be special, in order to get a piece of that alleged cake. It would thus become possible for the artist (or whoever) to fully engage into the task of finding out and to possibly share, what it means to blend in with the background, or ones environment - which, taking in account the current situation and outlook, I consider a quite reasonable undertaking.
In general, I sense that as a human being I live and work not for myself, but as part of all what we call nature, thus I contribute to nature as a whole.
In other words, I am aware that every action I perform, influences and is influenced by everything.
Even simpler: I am in everything and everything is in me.
Concerning life in all its perceived diversity there is a sensation of kinship, paired with a sense of wonderment.
With that, naturally, comes a sensation of wanting to protect, to foster and serve.
To sense that my activity exploits, or that it participates in some form of exploitation, or generates suffering, is not bearable for a long time.
And yet, I surely would not want to encourage any certain manner of living, other then to follow your heart.
Living in a way that I sense as sincere and honest, and the fact of not having the financial means to get and secure access to land or a home, results in a sort of semi-nomadic and often precarious lifestyle for now.
Thus, if what I share speaks to you and you would like to support, please feel free to do so.
Apart from a 'homebase'/living/work space, financial support is definitely needed.
That could be a small or big monthly contribution or a small or big one time gift.
The money will be used for necessary living expenses and artistic materials.
Of course, if there is an old house or farm that needs somebody to live in, I am interested.
Another way of support could be talking about and sharing what inspired or touched you.
If you would like to organize a reading or event, if you are looking for any information regarding themes you find on the site, or are interested in acquiring or exhibiting artwork, please get in touch.
In any case, know that any support or cooperative effort surely is greatly appreciated.
I think it is time to be courageous, and I think it is time to implement new ways.
Bank Account: Lars Schmidt
Reference: Natural Circus
IBAN: DE23100500000074833588 ; BIC: BELADEBEXXX
Landesbank Berlin - Berliner Sparkasse
Ultimately, I would like to express my sincere and deep gratitude for the support, help and openness I have met on the way. As I often mentioned, if you could meet each other...what a beautiful gathering it would be.