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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 competitive, superficial, and violent. Can it serve a deeper purpose (not just aestheticism or politics)? Can it transform, not just satisfy?
Art is used for self-satisfaction, complacency, and consumerism. Can art be available to anyone to create and use, not just specialists? Can we diminish the role of money in the creation and enjoyment of art? Can art produce a more beautiful world?
 
Quest Path
Set forth on a voyage to resolve the impossible question in culture

→   Join the cinemas, museums, galleries, etc. that you use.
→   Explore the meaning of culture, art and entertainment in Topics. Attend a meeting to help decide on local approaches and actions.
→   Take or support the Pledges for artists
→   Join with the community in the project Beautiful Books.
→   Decide on your vocation in the area of Culture.
→   Accept the invitation to join others in this Quest!
 
 
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Join the businesses you use in the culture category to understand how they work and make them better.
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Gallery: Meaningful art should be accessible to everyone
Sports: Make sports a force for respect, good will, and peace on earth
Museum: A place to experience and interact with matters of importance (history, art, science, society)
 
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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. Ask for meaning at every cultural experience. Stop participating in the illusory, idolatrous, superficial, and degraded. Stop trying to possess beauty!
 
 
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Put the fair and good into your mind. Ask for meaning at every cultural experience. Stop participating in the illusory, idolatrous, superficial, and degraded. Stop trying to possess beauty!
 
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.
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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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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