Spear Of Destiny

Tel Aviv, Israel © Stewart Weir 2013
Tel Aviv, Israel © Stewart Weir 2013

The negative has been torn by accident. The image was taken on the beach in Tel Aviv. Down the coast on the left is Gaza and Lebanon up the coast is to the right. A ‘happy’ accident for the negative to be torn to create a spear? Destiny is shaped by mankind yet the path that is individually and collectively made has for thousands of years been mainly the wrong ones. I came across a poem by Max Ehrmann below and knew these were the words I wanted to put with this accident of an image.

“Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender, be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly, and listen to others, even the dull and ignorant; they too have their story. Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love – for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment is it perennial as the grass. Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you from misfortune. But do not distress yourself with imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labours and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.”

Max Ehrmann, Desiderata: A Poem for a Way of Life

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