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Visionary Society Impossible Question for culture
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What is an Impossible Question?

In every area of life we meet a mystery, a disjunction between the way things are now and how they should be. There is a conflict between our limited knowledge, our weak nature, our poorly formed social institutions, and our higher nature and our highest vision. This conflict is a good thing. It is an opportunity to step off the treadmill and reimagine our entire approach.

Solving the problem intellectually or through some kind of social plan will not help much. Instead, focus your attention on the intractable enigma.

Join us in entering into the mystery of this impossible, beautiful question. If you ask the question fully, with all your will, and with good will, an answer will appear – one that challenges our assumptions and reconceives our humanity.

“The question is the beginning of all thinking. In knowing how to ask the right question lies the only hope of arriving at an answer.” Abraham Heschel, Man Is Not Alone 

“We never put the impossible question – we are always putting the question of what is possible. If you put an impossible question, your mind then has to find the answer in terms of the impossible – not of what is possible. It was impossible to go to the moon… If you put it with tremendous earnestness, with seriousness, with passion, you’ll find out. But if you say, ‘Oh, it is possible,’ then you are stuck.” J. Krishnamurti, The Impossible Question
 
Can we combat the collective mind and mass culture?
Our culture is materialistic, competitive, superficial, and violent. Can culture serve a deeper purpose (not just aestheticism or politics)? Can it transform, not just satisfy?
Can we fight destructive, and nihilistic culture, without self-righteousness or divisiveness? Are there objective standards for beauty, good and truth? Can we stand up for these principles without bias?
Art is used for self-satisfaction, complacency, and consumerism. How can we develop forums for creating and sharing art? Can art produce a more beautiful world in which we live?
 
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Explore these resources to prepare yourself to decide on our invitation in culture.

– Explore the meaning of culture and art.
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Leisure to read, to reflect, to converse
The goal of culture should be not beauty but goodness
Culture should be judged by how much spiritual substance there is in its
A hollow, empty place of celebration and grief should be at the center of culture
Develop a culture and a mind capable of noble art
 
Visionary Places
Do the places you use in the culture category have heart and soul? Join them, invite them to participate, and track their progress!
How to invite Places

Explore matters of importance. Encourage thought, meaning, awareness, and depth of emotion.
Stand up for your highest ideal in these culture categories
Gallery: Meaningful art should be accessible to everyone
Sports: Make sports a force for respect, good will, and peace on earth.
Museum: Aspire to beauty, good, truth and soulfulness.
 

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Make a place for beauty
 
Beautiful Books
Beautiful Books is a counterpart to Banned Books. Instead of selecting works because they had been banned, Beautiful Books has readings, discussion and performances of works that are considered beautiful by members.
 
Stand up for meaning, sense, humanity, goodness and beauty in popular culture – art and culture that lifts and inspires, informs and transforms.



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Put the fair and good into your mind
Be aware of the effect of watching a movie or reading a book or any other way you participate in culture, such as television, movies, internet, performances, bookstores, newspapers, magazines, bars, clubs, hobbies, restaurants or consumerism.
Understand what a work of art says, what view of life it promotes. Take account of the effect on your psyche. Support culture that calls you to your higher nature. Do not use art for self-satisfaction. Stop trying to possess beauty!
 
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– Help envision a solution to the perennial problems we face in this area.
– Join the businesses and organizations in culture you use, reenvisioning the role they place.
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– Announce your participation in this community of those working to reconceive and rebuild life in this area!

 

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Put the fair and good into your mind
Be aware of the effect of watching a movie or reading a book or any other way you participate in culture, such as television, movies, internet, performances, bookstores, newspapers, magazines, bars, clubs, hobbies, restaurants or consumerism.
Understand what a work of art says, what view of life it promotes. Take account of the effect on your psyche. Support culture that calls you to your higher nature. Do not use art for self-satisfaction. Stop trying to possess beauty!
 
The Present
Contemporary life in industrial societies operates almost entirely with such simple stimuli. What is stimulated are such drives as sexual desire, greed, sadism, destructiveness, narcissism; these stimuli are mediated through movies, television, radio, newspapers, magazines, and the commodity market.
Erich Fromm, The Anatomy of Human Destructiveness
Possibilities
How do we measure culture? “By how much spiritual substance there is in its everyday existence...We gauge culture by the extent to which a whole people, not only individuals, live in accordance with the dictates of an eternal doctrine or strive for spiritual integrity; the extent to which inwardness, compassion, justice and holiness are to be found in the daily life of the masses."
Abraham Heschel, The Earth is the Lord's