I wish I could make people laugh, a deep can’t-catch-your-breath laugh, a teary-eyed laugh, one that repeats and explodes when you dare to open your eyes.
A Russian expat once told me that Americans laugh too much. “It makes them look like morons.” I found this enlightening. So, the ugly American is also moronic. The Ugly Moronic American. Add fat, like Baby Huey fat.
When I first launched my “self-employed” life, I knew I needed some serious luck to pull off a career in art.
I was interested in the idea of balance offered by the ancient Chinese art of placement, Feng Shui. I studied it. My goal was to maximize good fortune, and of course, balance.
According to Feng Shui methods, the color red and the element of fire on a southern wall promotes fame, fortune, and balance. I scanned my living room, checked out the where the sun rises and sets and discovered that the wall with the fireplace faces south. Good luck for me! Fire – that’s one thing, but not enough. I needed red, you know, for balance. So, I created a red abstract painting and called it “Auspicious Good Fortune”. It was hung it on that southern wall above the fireplace. Perfect.
Auspicious Good Fortune - acrylic on canvas 24x24
So, the question you are most likely asking is, ‘did it work’. Answer: I do fairly well. Although, I think I should have studied further for therein lies the maximum benefit: To promote wealth and fortune, use the color purple on a southeastern wall.
Is there meaning in existence? Age-old question..the answer elusive. Without consciousness, the question would not come up. Quantum mechanics may best describe meaning: It depends on how you look at it, when you look at it and who is doing the looking.
I like to think that meaning can be experienced through certain sensations. I have two favorites: humor and love.
When you are struck with something really funny, it is like electricity rolls up in your core, then explodes. Same thing with love. I never feel more alive than when I am laughing or loving. I wish I had a really good joke to insert here because I would love to make you laugh.
Laugh and live with meaning. Love and make a meaningful life. Be the meaning.