The Art of Rendering a Social Conscience
By Dr. RICHARD CIRULLI, Ph.D.

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Dr. Richard Cirulli is a retired Business Professor, consultant, author, writer, Innocent Bystander, and Critic-at-Large.

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WESTCHESTER COUNTY, NY — Monday 20, 2019 — Dr. Richard Cirulli delves further into his growing body of work regarding societal evolution, known as the “Boomerang Series,” with his most recent article: “The Art of Rendering a Social Conscience By Dr. Richard Cirulli, Ph.D.,”this Friday, May 24, 2019 at 10:30am EST on the Westchester On the Level Internet radio broadcast. Listen “Live” or “On Demand”. Use the following hyperlink   http://tobtr.com/11321475 

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The Art of Rendering a Social Conscious 

By Dr. Richard Cirulli, Ph.D.

 

“But now old friends they’re acting strange

They shake their heads, they say I’ve changed

Well something’s lost, but something’s gained

In living every day

I’ve looked at life from both sides now

From win and loose and still somehow

Its life illusions I recall

I really don’t know life at all”

 

As us Baby Boomers now find ourselves in the autumn of our life many now find themselves confronting a spiritual epiphany of sorts as we reflect back upon our life’s arduous path. For some this epiphany has arrived sooner than later.  This holds true for  the more existential and artistic types who at an early age were wise enough to know that when we had fallen attempting to take our first steps, we looked back realizing the path ahead will also be one of falls and stumbles along a mortal path of finite time with an unknown expiration date. Our first steps were taken with wonderment, trepidation, and curiosity, and with each step forward, and with every fall it etched a  picture in our mind, a song to be sung, a poem to be penned, a new rhythm to score, and  presented  a canvas  to be painted upon.

It is the author’s intent of this article to make people aware of the important and vital role art plays in the development of society; even at the local level.  Society in general lacks an understanding of art, and the artists behind the work. An artist is an existential and cerebral thinker, perceptive and spiritual by nature, and born with an awareness and sensitivity to their surrounding environment.  Artists are the conscience of a society whose eyes see life with all its beauty and ugliness. Whose ears hear the the voices of the mighty and the downtrodden, whose hands touch the mud below and the raiment’s of kings, whose breath inhales the air of the free and suppressed, and whose flesh feels both a lover’s pain and pleasure.  Artists take these feelings and sensations and inculcate them deep within our souls. They make us laugh, sad, angry, distant; bring us great joy, make us feel alone, at times even make us want to strike out in the name of justice, or make us cry as we take our etched memories to be painted on a canvas, to write a new song to dance to,  or write a new play to make us think, or a new form to sculpt,  all in the hope of sharing our observations as a social emotion for all to view. The art is not just about the artist….it is just a reflection of the artist’s environment. In essence, the artist’s tools and perceptions are the mirror of our human condition, and our social consciousness.

Now in our retirement years many Baby Boomers are looking back and reflecting upon, if all these stumbles and falls we endured during our walk through the sixties had to some degree made the world a better place to live; though knowing we are far from our utopia. In our retirement years, with few steps ahead and hopefully a heart, mind, and soul filled with wisdom, and empathy, we may now ask ourselves what will be the legacy we wish to leave behind to our humanity in distress, and to our loved ones? A song? A painting? A poem? Or a selfie?

Well in closing, as we Boomers look back upon our long arduous road traveled, and reflect upon our string of degrees, years studying under spiritual masters, and twisting our bodies into painful pretzel positions under the direction of a sadistic yoga master, then sitting for hours in silence at a monastery in an attempt to try to ease the pain of our aching muscles and joints. Well maybe Joni, as an artist already had the riddle solved;

 

I’ve looked at life from both sides now

From win and loose and still somehow

Its life illusions I recall

I really don’t know life at all”

 

Dr. Richard Cirulli is a retired Professor, columnist, playwright, author, songwriter, and author of “The Songs of Roland”. You can view his website at demitasseplayers.com .He looks forward to your comments at profcirulli@optonline.net                                              

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