yesterday i went to the san francisco open studios
there are a truly vast number of artists in the city that all open their doors for the open studios during october weekends. i found a 3-piece tilework that fit in my budget and decided to buy it. shortly after initiating my retail purchase transaction subroutine i noticed that the artist had quite a number of scars on her left wrist, and the right one was bandaged. the general transaction exception was thrown. art is a personal creation, particularly non-reproduceable items like tilework. a piece of the artist’s soul lies within the work! how can the small signed receipt representing an electronic funds transfer possibly compensate? i was reminded of, and expressed to the artist, my happiness with the piece and my good luck at being able to enjoy it in the future! it was immediately clear how much more value this had to her than the small slip of paper.
ok it was hard to find my post in the sea of comments there so here it is:
“any first-world dweller has seen vast amounts of animal-based clothing purchased purely because it is “fashionable”, not because it is in any way needed. similarly, gluttonous consumption of meat, and common factory-farming practices, and wasteful practices such as killing sharks just for their fins - also trivialize the life of the animal. animals should be treated with respect, and this includes their frivolous use for designer clothings and foods. why are “fur” coats banned while leather ones are not? because the animals in question are “cuter”? ugly animals deserve just as much respect as the cute ones - is it any different than racism to only protect cute animals (or “charismatic megafauna”, as biologists call them)? instilling a respect for animals increases badly-needed respect for the environment which is crucial for planetary survival. humans have evolved past the point where competing for food and resources with other animals and people in a “survival of the fittest” way makes any sense at all. we are now in a position where our only option is to become the beneficial stewards of the planet, allowing the rest of nature to live unhampered as much as possible. the alternative - continued domination and subjugation of all in our path - will lead to a humans-only planet with no nature left, only human constructed cities separated by food-production zones and wasteland.”